Syllabus 136B Las Vegas Document

Spring 2019

PHO  136B - 2001  (26399)  Las Vegas Document  NLV BLDG A 1744 Protz

Professor: Heather Protz
Prerequisites: none
Computer Lab: NLV BLDG A 1744
Office : NLV BLDG A 1718
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: [email protected] ****want to get my attention quicker use this email [email protected]
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 check the website before class, for unexpected changes or updates to the days plans.
5) 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 weekle image uploads to Canvas, Facebook posts, comments on Facebook, contest entries, FotoFest Participation, B&C Show and 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.

10 images each week will be submitted through Canvas

Native camera resolution. .jpg images, 240ppi. Do not resize.
Cropping is allowed. Why are you cropping? Work to make every element in your image have meaning. 
Challenge for the semester - Frame in camera, no cropping in your image editing software.
No watermark on submissions through Canvas
•In Canvas notes with submission identify the 3 images uploaded to FB and why you chose the images, what content, story, or reason for your choice. 

•3 images a week must be uploaded to Facebook

You can upload up to 10 images a week, no more. 
Include your watermark on these images.
Facebook images must be sized 2048 pixels on the longest side 72ppi, for best representation on the Facebook platform.
Be sure to spend some time and see what your classmates are creating. Like and comment on images.
Above must be submitted and uploaded by 8am the Wednesday after the shoot.
All Facebook images should have your watermark and have your copyright in the metadata.
File Prep info here

25 points per weekly shoot

Contest Entries Due Before February 28th, 2020
Send me an email after you submit to receive credit for submission. 
[email protected]
Subject line Hendrickson/Reese
Include images submitted in body of email.

Hendrickson: 1 printed matted image -10 points - leave image in box outside of NLV 1718 (my office)

Reese Portfolio: Canvas online submission 6 images. If selected as a finalist, you will need to print and mount your work - work will be hung at CSN NLV campus if you are a finalist. When in Canvas look for FotoFest 2020 -10 points

Final Project 100 points
Print on demand book/magazine using Magcloud or Blurb
12 images matted/or bleed mount images 
Traditional window mats no smaller than 16x20
No black mount boards - White boards only unless discussed in advance.
Bleed mount images no smaller than 13x19 paper. You can add a white border to look like a matted work.

Finals week submission
3) Hand in all images from - The First Ten Weeks Project - The book images or the portfolio images in order of presentation.
              -Do a batch rename to add a number to direct the order of the images.
•A printed contact sheet including image titles. 6 (2 columns 3 rows) - 8 (2 columns 4 rows) images per page filling the page.
•A printed page with your series title, statement
               -If presenting a book, a link to where to purchase the book.

Due: Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10am

- no late projects accepted -

Final Show at B&C Hub the month of May. Opening reception date TBA
Next to be hung Fall of 2020 at CSN NLV campus.
I will curate the image selections. 1-3 images per student will be shown. 
You will need to print and mount your images to specs. 
Specs will be sent out beginning of April.
Printed mounted work Due April 23, 2020, 5pm 

Letter Grade System
A – Mastery of the technical and conceptual issues 
including participation attendance and attitude.
B – A strong grasp of the technical and conceptual issues  including participation, attendance and attitude.
C – Average understanding ,
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.
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.
Attendance counts as 100 points of your final grade. Each absence is deduction of 6.25 points. Each tardy is a deduction of 1.6 Points
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.

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 February 3, 2020 (16-week course). The last day to Officially Drop with a status of “W” is March 27, 2020 (16-week course). 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 2018-2019 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


EXPLICIT CONTENT - Any content of an explicit sexual nature, (including male and female genitalia, etc.), will not be screened in class, may result in a failing grade for the assignment, and could possibly be subject to disciplinary action under CSN's Student Conduct Code Policy. A copy of the Student Conduct Code 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 info can be found at



Centers for Academic Success (CAS) provides quality DROP-IN academic assistance to all students enrolled in for-credit courses at CSN. Tutors are available for most general education courses and historically challenging courses. Academic learning support includes assistance with learning strategies, Canvas, Smarthinking online tutoring, Microsoft Office, reading, writing, oral presentations, math, and science. CAS tutors also provide support to study groups and assistance for placement test preparation in reading, writing, and math. CAS is open Monday through Sunday to be more accessible to all students. Hours for all locations are: Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday – Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. You may visit for more details on locations and hours. You may also contact us at one of our offices: Charleston Centers (7020-651-5732), North Las Vegas Learning Commons (702-651-4232), Henderson Learning Commons (702-651-3125).


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


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 students enrolled at CSN have a CSN Student Email account. Beginning February 1, 2020, all information from the college will be sent to your CSN-issued student email address (enrollment information, financial aid information, cashier information, college events, etc.). It is extremely important that you check your student email daily. You can access your student email through GoCSN ( Once you validate your student email address you will have access to Microsoft Office 365 for up to five devices and 1Tb of OneDrive storage.


When students activate their CSN email account they get a great benefit!!!

Features available with a CSN Student Email account:

· Fifty gigabytes of student email storage. Room for over 10,000 emails!

· Five licenses of Microsoft Office 365 that students can use online or download to their computer, tablet, and iPhone/Android devices.

· Online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and many other web-based productivity applications to help students in and out of the classroom.

· One terabyte of OneDrive online storage. Enough space for students to store 17,000 hours of music or 500 hours of movies.

· Built-in encryption capabilities can help students protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) like social security and credit card numbers.


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