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Syllabus 136B Las Vegas Document

Spring 2017

PHO  136B - 2001   Las Vegas Document       Cheyenne Bldg A 1744 Protz

Professor: Heather Protz
Prerequisites: none
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 the student will explore Las Vegas through the lens of the camera. The student will go on weekly group shoots to iconic locations around Las Vegas. The student will create, maintain and update their own personal blog and contribute to the class blog as well as Social Media outlets over the semester.

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 #.

Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Assess lighting needs and compositional challenges while on location.
2. Post-process images for output to different printing and viewing options (book, lab, inkjet, monitor).
3. Generate layouts and templates for blogs and books.
4. Conceive, shoot, process ideas/images for a long term project.

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 Facebook 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.

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.

•You will turn in at least 15 printed photos for the LVD wall 4×6 inches or larger (as large as you want, bigger the better try some 13×19)
week 5, 5 images
week 10, 5 images
week 15, 5 images
-you can turn in as many images as you want. 15 is the minimum. I am looking for good print quality and exciting images that speak of your Las Vegas Document experience. The images can be from the weekly shoots or your personal long term project.
No watermark on images.
Leave in my mailbox CSN, Cheyenne Campus, A Bldg, rm1718

Weekly: send me 1 image (your strongest image from the weekly shoot) sized 2048 pixels on the longest side, 72ppi,  DUE by Saturday 12 Midnight Missing these deadlines will hurt your grade.  include your watermark on the image.
Please email to:

Facebook POSTS: Post 10 images to your FB album from each group shoot.
DUE 10am Wednesday following the shoot. You have 6 days to process the images and post them.
FB COMMENTS: Comment on at least 1 image from each student from each shoot.

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

FINAL PROJECT: to be posted on Facebook also on a FlashDrive and handed in on the last day of class along with a contact sheet including titles of work. 
•Project images, (140 images from the semester) save as, full resolution large .jpgs.
•Turn in images with no watermark for your final project as well as the 140 from the semester.

•Your book, blog or Instagram will be presented during finals week.

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.

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.

• Lecture: Skills and academic principles are explained by the instructor through online videos and written handouts.
• Review and Practice: Students review skills by direct questioning of the instructor and skills are reviewed by student practice with various assignments. Students will practice skills in labs, at home, or in field situations.

The Las Vegas Document Book/Journal is required for the class. In class purchase $10 or online $18

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers: A professional image editor’s guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC Paperback, by Martin Evening

Another good book if you are looking:
Photoshop CC Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual Quickstart Guides) [Paperback] Elaine Weinmann (Author), Peter Lourekas (Author)

Check-out of Equipment: Classroom and online students can check out 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.• Evaluation: Evaluation is determined by instructor formally (during crit) and informally (during lab time).

Equipment and Supplies:
•REQUIRED: Portable Hard Drive, Back up your work off your main computer - this will give you 2 copies if something happens to one. More storage space can used for all your other classes.
•Compact Flash card for digital cameras - If you are checking out a camera from CSN
•Card reader appropriate to your media - If you areworking in a computer lab at CSN

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.

CSN POLICIES AND SERVICES - Students’ Rights and Responsibilities pertaining to CSN policies and services are found at

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 September 10, 2017. The last day to Officially Drop with a status of “W” is November 5, 2017. Students not officially withdrawn through Admissions & Records will receive the grade that they earned.

LATE REGISTRATION - Effective Spring 2016, CSN students will be able to register for 16-week classes during the first week of the semester. This will allow students the flexibility to drop, add, or change courses during the first week. Students are responsible for all missed coursework. There is no late registration for short-term classes as well as summer classes.


  • 100% refund if withdrawal is completed prior to the first day of the session
  • For further information regarding tuition refunds, please refer to the 2017-2018 General Catalog & Student Handbook

STUDENT ACADEMIC WARNING/PROBATION/SUSPENSION POLICY - Effective Fall 2013, If students’ cumulative GPA falls to 2.0 or lower after attempting at least 12 credits, they will receive an academic warning, so that they have time to seek help. Continued performance at 2.0 or lower in future semester course work can lead to academic probation or academic suspension. Students on academic suspension will not be able to enroll in classes for a semester. More information is available at

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 at

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.

MINOR CHILDREN POLICY - The primary mission of CSN is to educate students. To that end, CSN has the responsibility to provide a place of instruction that is free from distractions and conducive to learning. The presence of minor children is often a disruptive factor, not just because a child can be noisy or active, but because even inadvertently, attention is centered on the child rather than on the teaching and learning process. The presence of minor children on campus and in its facilities also raises safety and liability issues. Therefore, appropriate restrictions must be placed on bringing minor children to CSN’s campus, sites, and facilities.

A. First and foremost, CSN and its facilities (classrooms, offices, public areas, common areas and grounds) cannot be viewed at any time as a substitute for childcare arrangements. Second, at no time may minor children be unattended or unsupervised on campus for even a short period of time. Third, only currently enrolled students should be present in classrooms or lab facilities. Fourth, minor children should not be brought into work locations during an employee’s work time.

B. Children under the age of eighteen, unless otherwise exempt as listed below, are not allowed in classrooms, labs, college grounds, or other college facilities except for visits while supervised by an adult. Employees and students must not allow minor children to be left unattended on campus. Minor children may not be left unattended in public areas such as the library or be left to wait or play outside a classroom or in the cafeteria while the adult is in class. Minor children may not attend class or class activities such as field trips, along with enrolled students except on very rare occasions at the discretion of instructors. Minor children may not be present at the employee's work site during the employee’s assigned work hours.

C. This Policy does not preclude short visits when the minor child is accompanied by another responsible adult.

D. Individuals under the age of 18 who enroll in classes at CSN are exempt from this policy.



ADVISING AND COACHING SERVICES - Help students learn academic success strategies, explore careers, declare a major, develop a personalized success plan, learn to navigate the educational system, benefit from campus and community resources, and connect to campus life. Advisors/Success Coaches also help new to college students with course planning. Locations: CHARLESTON Bldg. D – Lobby, 702-651-7367; NLV 1100 Student Services Area, 702-651-2626; and HENDERSON Bldg. B –Student Services Area, 702-651-3103. More infor can be found at

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS (CAS) - All CSN students receive free academic and learning support for developing skills in accounting, reading, writing, math, science, creating college presentations, and more. Drop-in and appointment based tutoring is available. CAS Contact information for main offices: NLV Campus – Bldg. S Room 247 – 702-651-4232, Charleston Campus – Bldg. D Room 203 – 702-651-5732, and Henderson Campus – Bldg. B Room 201 – 702-651-3125. Please visit one of the CAS Centers or visit for more information.

DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER - The College of Southern Nevada, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requests that all students with documented disabilities voluntarily contact the Disability Resource Center so that the college can provide necessary accommodations.  * If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center located in the Student Service Center on each campus before the instructor can make accommodations.

NLV - 702-651-4045, Henderson, 702-651-3795, Charleston - 702-651-5644. More information is available at

COLLEGE LIBRARY SERVICES - College Library Services offers ongoing research workshops throughout the semester. Bring your topic or assignment to one of the workshops on the basics of locating and citing quality information and receive in-depth assistance with a librarian. Check out the schedule at

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

NLV 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


DEPARTMENTAL/SCHOOL COUNSELORS - Faculty counselors help returning, continuing, and transfer students select courses, obtain degree audits, and develop educational and vocational plans according to selected majors.

  • If you are a new student or have no declared major, you will meet with a CSN success coach for all your advising needs, including course planning and career exploration services. To schedule an appointment, please go to
  • If you are a student who has declared a major within Media Technologies, CSN has assigned you a counselor who is an expert on your declared major and can help you effectively navigate your program.  The Media Technology Counselors are:

Mark Haag

Office: CY A 2748

Phone: 702.651.2668



Emily Rafael

Office: CY A 2748

Phone: 702.651.4937



Rosemary Hall

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.


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