Department of Communications
|Com 408 -A Systems Approach to
Prerequisites Com 125 and CS 120 (for Macintosh)
|Dr. Robert C. Moore
208B Steinman Center (1252)
moorerc at etown dot edu
Office Hours: M-T-W-Th, 2:00-3:00
Others by Appointment
|Course Description and Purpose
The course studies the theory and application of instructional systems design techniques to corporate and organizational training problems. Applications of interactive computer techniques will be used to solve training problems.
Course Objectives: The student will be able to:
1. Identify an instructional goal that meets the criteria for initiating the design of
Textbook (Required): Dick, Walter, and Carey, Lou, The Systematic Design of Instruction, 4th edition, Harper Collins College Publishers, New York, NY, 1996.
Production materials will be required to complete course projects. They are available from Instructional Services, Steinman 206. $5.00 purchase cards are required to secure materials.
Resource Materials: See list of library and departmental journals of related publications (available in the Communications Conference Resource Room, Steinman 207).
Lab Hours: Steinman Centers
Lab Hours: Steinman Centers
All class demonstrations have priority use of the laboratory facilities.
Student Use of Computer Laboratory and Programs
Students using the computer lab shall save their data on their own zip disks or network directory only. Final project data on Steinman computers will be saved only on zip disks which will be signed out from the S.L.A. No data is to be saved on the computer hard drives. The laboratory is for academic use and no game playing is permitted. Nothing should be on the computer tables except materials necessary for your computer work--no drinks, no food.
For the final project, Hyperstudio will be the program used. It will be installed in the computer lab. Program development must be saved on zip disks designated for each Steinman machine. No projects may be kept on the hard drives. For Steinman computers, before every use, run Norton Disk Doctor, Speed Disk and Rebuild the desktop. Disks to perform these operations will be available for sign out from the S.L.A. Advanced multimedia projects may use Videoshop or Morph programs available for signout from IS. An Audio program is already in use in the audio studios.
Fire Safety Notice:
"The second floor of the Steinman Center, TV control room, and radio station are equipped with HALON fire extinguishers - special equipment to fight fires and keep electronic equipment damage to a minimum.
HALON extinguishers use a gas that can be harmful to humans after prolonged exposure. If a fire occurs point and release the special extinguishers as normal in fighting a fire. However, during the course of fire fighting, when ones voice is affected enough to sound like "Donald Duck," leave the fire areas before the gas becomes disabling. The effect on the voice is temporary and not harmful."
Attendance: It is expected that all students attend every class and be on time. Absences severely handicap the learning process because you are unable to acquire knowledge through first-hand discussions and demonstrations. Being late for class interrupts the momentum of the class and distracts other students. A student may miss two class sessions without penalty; however, on each successive absence, a grade reduction will be made from the course final grade.
Assignments, quizzes or tests missed as a result of absence will only be made up by prior arrangement with the instructor. Unless allowed to be made up, a grade of 0 will be given.
Student athletes should discuss their schedules individually with the instructor. There may be occasions where the absence of a student athlete will not be permitted.
Makeup Work: Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. No late work will be accepted.
Written Work: All submitted work must be typed.
Work Assignments will be given periodically throughout the course. These assignments will deal with a particular skill needed in the development of the instructional system. Students must familiarize themselves with Power Point, Hyperstudio (and options VideoShop, Morph and an audio editing program) computer applications to be used in completing course projects.
Oral Report: Each student is to present a 8-10 minute oral report discussing a current issue or trend in multi-media training and developing training programs. Drawn primarily from current periodicals, at least three sources must be used in the report. Each student should be prepared to discuss the report and answer questions. The report is graded on content and presentation. Some periodical sources are: Technology and Learning, Communication World, New Media, Tech Trends, Presentations Magazine, THE Journal, Performance and Instruction Journal, Training, Training and Development Journal. Other sources are acceptable as long as the key focus of the article is training, training problems, or design of training programs. Students should utilize media as appropriate. A bibliography must be provided for the report.
A Midterm Project will apply the instructional systems approach to particular training objectives. It will include the development of the entire instructional system for these objectives and the subsequent development of a media based, classroom oriented training presentation.
The Final Project will apply the instructional systems approach to the development of a training program to deal with a complex set of skills or behaviors. It should be multi-media based and should approach the problem from a self-directed interactive media design. Topics should be derived from real and current existing training problems. A client is to be secured.
Graded work will be awarded (+) and (-) letter grades, each corresponding to a fixed numerical value on a scale of 10.
|9.3 A+||9.0 A||8.7 A-|
|8.3 B+||8.0 B||7.7 B-|
|7.3 C+||7.0 C||6.7 C-|
|6.3 D+||6.0 D||5.7 D-|
|Your final grade will be calculated as follows:|
|Work Assignments *||15%|
* Work Assignments are graded E, S, U. Unsatisfactory is 5 points, S is 7 points, E is 9 points. No, or late, submission is 0 points.
** Examinations will cover theory, technique, general knowledge and production skills. A demonstration of production skills may be required.
Introduction - What is training? What is a systems approach? The world of multi-media.
Begin self-instruction - Hyperstudio. Handout CD and HS student Guide and Intro to HS booklet.
|(2)||Intro to Instructional Design (Chapter 1)|
|(3)||No class assignment.|
|(4)||Identifying an Instructional Goal (Chapter 2)|
|(5)||Conducting a Goal Analysis (Chapter 3)|
|(6)||Conducting a subordinate skills analysis (Chapter 4)|
subordinate skills analysis (continued)
Mid-term Project Assignment.
Assign Mapping project to include goal, audience, entry char. etc.
|(9)||Writing performance objectives (Chapter 6)|
|(10)||Developing assessment & instruments (Chapter 7)|
|(11)||Developing Instructional Strategy (Chapter 8)|
|(12)||Developing Instructional Materials (Chapter 9)|
|(13)||Developing Visuals as an integral part of a training package|
|(14)||Individual Student Reports--visuals, Inst. Materials related topics (3)|
|NO CLASS SPRING BREAK|
|(15)||Designing and conducting formative evaluations (Chapters 10 and 11)|
|(16)||Lab Period. Individual consultation/assistance.|
|(17)||Mid-Term Project Due. Presentation.|
|(18)||Interactive Computer Applications. Designing multi-media training. Hyperstudio.|
|(19)||Continue designing multi-media training.|
|(20)||Individual student reports - interactive topics (3). Scanner/Quicktake.|
|(21)||Final project discussion. Screen examples.|
|(22)||Summative evaluation (Chapter 12)|
|(23)||Individual student reports on multi-media training (3)|
|(25)||Student Final Project Presentation|
|(26)||Student Final Project Presentation|
|(27)||Student Final Project Presentation|
FINAL EXAM: Date and Time to be announced.
The Instructor reserves the right to alter course content or adjust pace of assignment to accommodate class progress.