syllabus 298B Smart Phone Imaging

Fall 2015


94083    CHEY2004    Th 10:00AM - 1:50PM      Cheyenne    1744    Protz

Professor: Heather Protz
Prerequisites: PHO 240 or GRC 183 or instructor permission.
Computer Lab: Cheyenne 1744
Office : 1718 Cheyenne
Office Hours: posted on door I encouraged you to take advantage of office hours for help with coursework or anything else connected with the course and your progress.
Phone: 702-651-4977  It is best to email me I only check messages when I am on campus.
Email: want to get my attention quicker use this email
I will respond to emails within 24 hours.   Include a clear subject line, your name and class.

Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Course Description:
In this class we will explore smart phone technology, from best practices for shooting still and video images, to the 1000’s of apps to enhance, manipulate and alter your images. We will explore the add- on accessories from lenses to shooting rigs for different phones and devices. We will also look at how history is being recorded, written and shared using this technology. You will create your own content and share this content, all from your smart phone.

Please do not ask me if you can bring friends, family  children, boyfriends, girlfriends on shoots. In this is a class you have a responsibility to shoot and explore. Bringing along non-photographers you will lose your focus and will do poorly when shooting. Never go off on your own, always photograph with someone from the class. We will break off and shoot in small groups. Everyone will have my mobile #, you must come to the first class to get the mobile #.

•Smart Phone with data plan tablet or pad with built in camera, data plan or wifi enabled.
••Please update devices to the latest operating systems or iOS to the latest version.

1) To understand and share images across the web using hand held smart phone/tablet devices.
2) To shoot, edit, manipulate images from start to finish using smart phone/tablet apps for still and video images.
3) To explore and study important image makers who are using this powerful technology.
4) To utilize social media platforms from these devices for self-promotional content and information sharing.

To be Successful in this Class:
1) Don’t be late for class. This class starts at 10am.
2) Work consistently, don’t procrastinate. Aim for 1-2 shoots per week to succeed in this class.
3) Always update your blog weekly
4) Always meet the deadline for sending me your shoot images.
5) Always check the website before class, for unexpected changes or updates to the days plans.
6) Have fun, explore, share ideas, have an open mind, be respectful or others, work hard, shoot more!

web site:
Download appropriate materials before class meets.

 Information on all Course Projects, exercises, due dates, reading assignments, as well as many helpful
 resources will be available on the course website. The instructor may clarify or change an assignment if necessary via the website. You are responsible for all information on the website, so you will need to check it at least once a week.

Class Blog:

Evaluation and Assessments: Grades will be determined by performance, practical application of knowledge and student attendance. These factors will be assessed by your Facebook posts, blog posts, comments on facebook, and the final project.
•No work done/created for a paying job will be accepted
•No work or shoot for another class can be used.
•All work must be created or conceptualized for the individual assignments given.
•All work must be photographed by you
•All work must be photographed in the current semester. You are responsible for your metadata, check and update your camera metadata. (Time and date)
•Work must be handed in on the date specified
•NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS will be accepted

CLASS BLOG: send me 1 image (your strongest image from the weekly shoot) sized 1800 pixels on the longest side, 72ppi,  DUE by Saturday 12 Midnight Missing these deadlines will hurt your grade. Please email to:

Facebook POSTS: Post 10 images to your FB album from each group shoot.
DUE 10am thursday following the shoot. You have 1 week to process the images and post them.
FB COMMENTS: Comment on 5 different students images from each group shoot.
This is where our class feedback will be coming from. 5 is a minimum per week. have fun be constructive.

All images should have your watermark and have your copyright in the metadata.
File Prep
info here


FINAL PROJECT: to be posted on Facebook and your Personal Blog and also on a FlasDrive and handed in on the last day of class along with a contact sheet including titles of work.  Final Project images,  save as, full resolution large .jpgs

Letter Grade System
A – Mastery of the technical and conceptual issues within the Digital Darkroom,
including participation attendance and attitude.
B – A strong grasp of the technical and conceptual issues within the
Digital Darkroom including participation, attendance and attitude.
C – Average understanding of the Digital Darkroom,
including participation, attendance and attitude.
D – Below average, does not meet minimum requirements,
poor participation, poor attendance, poor attitude.
F – Failure to complete the assignment,
poor participation, poor attendance, poor attitude.

Extra credit is awarded only if all assignments are turned in ON TIME, and only with prior instructor approval.

Students are responsible for backing up all Projects and exercises through the last day of the semester. 
Do keep all files, prints, papers and quizzes returned to you so that any discrepancies can be easily and fairly straightened out. Except in cases of actual error, final grades are permanent.

A “D” is acceptable as a passing grade if the course is to be used as a general requirement or elective, but will not transfer to another school. An “F” constitutes non completion. This grade requires the course to be retaken
and no credit is issued. 
“I” – Incomplete grades are generally not given except for unusual medical hardship. If the student is unable to complete the work, it is assumed that she/he will withdraw. 
“W” – An Administrative Withdraw will not issued by the instructor. If the student wishes to withdraw, she/he is asked to first notify the instructor and then proceed to the admissions office. Please notify the instructor if at any point you decide to withdraw from the class. It is the students responsibility to know Drop/Add dates each semester and any possible refunds. See the Registrar for withdrawing and any possible refunds. 
If you disappear from class and do not withdraw or contact your instructor you will receive an “F”

Class will begin on time. Please arrive a few minutes early. If you are absent from class it is your responsibility to find out what was missed and make up that work, quizzes, notes, handouts, demonstrations etc. The instructor will not take class time to assist in lab makeups, nor will come in outside of scheduled hours to do so.
2  absences will result in a final GRADE reduction of one letter grade for the semester.
Absences for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead required) will be recorded but not figured in the attendance/participation grade. Likewise, one absence for which advance notice is given by phone or in person will not be figured in the attendance grade. Any significant tardy or early departure from
class will be figured as a half absence. (4 tardys is a final grade letter reduction) Keep in mind that this is an occupational course, and attendance is important here just as it will be in the employment for which this course is in part designed to prepare you. Communicate with me throughout the semester if something is going on, so I can help you succeed in this class.

Critique: Occasionally images are graded in a class group critique. Participation in critique is essential to the evaluation procedure, and every student is expected to attend with her/his completed projects.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for information about procedures and about what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.

MAKEUP  WORK: It is your responsibility to shoot and process the images each week making all deadlines. No late work will be accepted.

Check-out of Equipment: For any Check-out of equipment, you must present a current CSN student ID. Without ID no equipment will be checked out. If you are not sure about the operation of a new camera ASK, your instructor or a lab tech on proper handling and usage. At the time of checkout you may be tested on the operation of equipment. If you do not pass the test you will not be given equipment.

Lab Policy: See lab policy handout

Safety Procedures: The safety procedures for the college are posted in the classroom. The procedures will be discussed during the
first class meeting. Any injury or accident should be reported to the instructor immediately.

Student Rights:
Reference to students’ rights and responsibilities pertaining to CSN policies and services are found in the College Catalog and on the CSN website.

Students are responsible for all information found in the CSN Student Handbook.

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NEW COURSE WITHDRAWAL POLICY – EFFECTIVE Spring 2014, per the President, Instructors are no longer permitted to assign a “W” as a grade. Students must officially withdraw from the class at Admissions and Records to receive a “W”.  The last day to Officially Drop without a status of “W” is (insert official date). The last day to officially drop with a status of “W” is (insert official date). Students not officially withdrawn through Admissions & Records will receive the grade that they earned.

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• 100% if withdrawal is initiated prior to the end of the first week of instruction; and 
• 50% if initiated prior to the end of the second week of instruction; 
• No refund shall be given after the start of the third week of instruction; and 
• No refund shall be given for the application or admission fee.
More information is available at, including information about short-term class refunds.

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DISRUPTIVE AND ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR – Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in the classroom, on campus and through electronic media at all times. Disruptive and abusive conduct will not be tolerated. Students who fail to adhere to behavioral standards may be subject to discipline per CSN’s Disruptive and Abusive Student policy. A copy of the complete Student Conduct Code and Disruptive and Abusive Student Policy is available for review on the CSN web page.

USE OF CELL PHONES AND TEXT MESSAGING – All Cell Phones and Text Messaging shall be restricted to before and after class. All phones should be set on silent/vibrate. The Professor reserves the right to restrict all use of cell phones. Students will be required to leave class should this become a problem. Cell phone use and texting during class are prohibited.

EXITING THE CLASSROOM – REVOLVING DOOR – The classroom is not a revolving door. Continuous exiting and re-entering the classroom is not tolerated. Students who exit and re-enter the classroom excessively will be asked to leave class and schedule a conference with this professor.

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Mark Haag
Office: CY A 2716
Phone: 702.651.2668

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Office: WC C 151-C
Phone: 702-651-7375

FACULTY E-ALERT SYSTEM – Faculty members may refer struggling students to Advising and Coaching Services via MyCSN in order that they receive timely assistance in passing their class. If contacted by Advising and Coaching Services’ E-Alert office, be sure to respond quickly and utilize interventions to help you successfully complete this class.

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LIBRARY: CSN Library Services offers extensive in-person and online resources to help you complete assignments, including research and citation workshops, online articles and books, and drop-in research assistance at the Reference Desk inside each campus library and online at

CSN COMPUTER LABS – Most of you will probably do your assignments at home or at work. If you are having problems with your computers or do not have the required software, feel free to use any of the on campus Computer Labs. Having computer problems at home or office is NOT a valid excuse for missing due dates.
Charleston Interactive Learning Center – 702-651-5731
Cheyenne Interactive Learning Center – 702-651-4592
Henderson Interactive Learning Center – 702-651-3002
Summerlin High-Tech Center – 702-651-4900
Western High-Tech Center – 702-651-4898
Green Valley High-Tech Center – 702-651-2650

All information contained in this syllabus may be subject to change with advance and ample notice to students as deemed appropriate by the instructor.