Course Instructor: Paul Young
Office: C224A, Parkland College
This is the first in a series of four courses in 3D computer animation. This first course introduces students to modeling, lighting and surface treatments in the Maya 3D environment (animation will be introduced in CSC 188). All four courses will be taught in a studio environment similar to art classes. This means that aesthetic issues will need to be balanced with technical issues. Although Maya and other 3D modeling applications are very powerful technical programs, the art of creating models is an artistic endeavor. As such, students can think of this class as a sculpture class combined with a studio photography class. Instead of building "real" models using clay, wood or metal, we will be building digital models in a virtual environment. And instead "photographing" our models with a camera, lights and film, we will be "rendering" our models in a virtual photo studio. Therefore, artistic issues such as shape, composition, lighting, shading, and the creative process will be emphasized.
Course Class Notes (required) - Online class web page
Learning Maya 7 Foundation (required) - Parkland College Bookstore
Launching the Imagination (optional) - Parkland College Bookstore (same as ART 121)
The Art of Maya (optional) - Amazon.com or your favorite book store
USB flash drive and/or blank CD-R discs
Black felt-tip markers
Information regarding the class including instructor, syllabus, schedules, notes, and project information can be accessed from the class web page by either following the CSC 187 link from the instructor's home page at: http://virtual.parkland.edu/pyoung or directly at http://virtual.parkland.edu/pyoung/csc/187
This class is based on a format of lecture, discussion, studio, and critique. It is expected that additional time, on a weekly basis, will be spent on your assignments and projects. It is also expected that students read, review, and practice material in the course lecture notes assigned for each session before coming to class. It is important that the group functions as a class, learning from each other as well as the instructor. Therefore, everyone should be working on the same assignments at the same time. Understanding that there might be technical expertise differences, it is expected that more experienced users will be willing to help beginning users with the software. Conversely, more experienced users should elicit creative evaluations from beginning users during their working process.
All students will have an account in Angel Learning (an online course management portal). Your grades and attendance record will be posted in the TOOLS area which you can access 24/7 from a web browser.
Your Angel user ID is the same as your Parkland email login (usually your
first initial followed by your last name, all lower case with no spaces — i.e. "jsmith").
Your password is the last five digits of your social security number. Once
you have entered Angel, you can change your password. If you need any help
with your Angel login, see your instructor.
Course work will consist of large-scale project assignments and smaller exercises and tutorials. The final grade will also reflect the student's class attendance and participation.
A = 100-91 (exceptional work beyond the class requirements)
B = 90-81 (excellent technical and creative abilities exhibited)
C = 80-71 (all work accomplished on time and minimum goals achieved)
D = 70-61 (minimum goals not achieved, late presentations)
F = 60 or less (failure to finish assignments or doing "D" work late)
The instructor reserves the right
to lower these criterion, but will never raise them.
Exercises, tutorials, and small-scale studies will be given to introduce and develop the student's understanding, proficiency, and operation of the animation software. Exercises/tutorials/studies will be graded on a credit/no credit basis. No credit will be given on exercises or tutorials for students absent from class. Since unforeseen circumstances may arise preventing a student from attending class, one "no-credit" exercise/tutorial will be dropped from the final grade determination. All exercises/tutorials/studies are due on the assigned due date. No credit will be given for work not completed by the assigned due date.
Projects will be regularly assigned to apply the concepts discussed in lecture and introduced in exercises and tutorials. Project assignments form the basis of the student's portfolio work in 3D computer generated imagery. Given this importance, projects will be graded on the use of
Projects are due on the
assigned project due date and will be class critiqued on the due date.
Project imagery must be complete and stored in the designated location on the
due date before class critique begins. Students will not
be allowed to complete projects during class critique. Projects
not completed by the due date before class critique begins will receive an F
for the project grade. If a student anticipates missing class during
the due date and class critique, it is the student's responsibility to
notify the instructor beforehand. The absent student must
have their project imagery prepared for the class critique in the designated
location on the assigned due date. Failure to prepare project
imagery by an absent student will also result in an F project grade.
Students have the option of
continuing to work on and improve each project after the assigned due date and
class critique for (possibly) a better grade. Grades for re-worked
projects will be no more than one full letter grade higher than the
original project grade at the assigned due date (re-worked project grades will
never drop in grade). All re-worked projects are due at the end of
Students are expected to be present for all class sessions - for the entire period. Structured as an art studio class, peer learning and interaction is highly encouraged. It is expected that all students participate in this studio learning environment. For this reason, attendance is mandatory. A student’s final grade will be lowered by one full letter grade after three unexcused absences. Attendance will be taken promptly at the beginning of each period. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor when you may not be in attendance. The attendance policy in this course is in keeping with the policy stated in the Parkland College Catalog. It says: "Regular and prompt attendance is expected at all classes," expect in cases involving illness or emergency which should be brought to the attention of the instructor. "Regular attendance and consistent study habits are considered necessary for academic success in college. Faculty members have prerogative of lowering grades for excessive absence."
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You can find information about the Computer Science and Information Technology Department courses and programs by visiting our web site: http://www.parkland.edu/csit.html
Orientation to College (ORN 101) is a class that anyone can benefit from taking - it covers goal-setting, career development, study strategies, library skills, time management and many other useful skills. Most sections begin the second or third week of the semester and at mid-semester. If you have any questions, please contact Ted Powers (Ext. 2312).
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We believe strongly in the Core Values espoused by Parkland College: Honesty and Integrity, Fairness and Just Treatment, Responsibility, Multiculturalism, Education, and Public Trust. Essentially, these values set guidelines for how we should treat you and how you should treat each other (and us). Failure to be respectful of one another or to maintain ethical behavior will not be tolerated.
The articles of the Parkland College Student Conduct Code as outlined in the Student Policies and Procedures Manual applies in this class. Article III (Proscribed conduct) regarding dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, theft or abuse of computer time is particularly pertinent.
All material handed in with your name on it is to be your work. If it is not,
receive a zero for that assignment and the incident
will be reported to the Dean.
For more information, see the Academic
Honesty section of the Student Policies and Procedures Manual.
It is the student's responsibility to monitor his/her progress in this course. If after consulting with the instructor, the student feels it becomes necessary to withdraw from this course, it is the responsibility of the student to do so. Please check the Parkland Academic Calendar to find out the final day for withdrawal with "W" grade. If you have questions about the withdrawal procedure, see the Policies and Procedures Manual.
If you believe you have a disability for which you may need an academic accommodation (including special testing, auxiliary aids, non-traditional instructional formats), please inform the instructor as soon as possible, and/or contact one of the following people for assistance:
For more information, contact the Office of Disability Services.