Communication Technology

  • Graphic Arts, Introduction
    Prerequisite: None

    Course Number: T400111
    Course Length: 1 Semester/Quarter
    Course Description:
    Graphic arts Technology focuses on the process, methods and equipment needed to create effective communication. The processes allow us to access, construct, and publish. This course provides a general overview of the graphic art industry. Students will learn fundamentals in three common areas of the graphic arts industry, Graphic Design, Offset Printing, Screen Printing. The students will learn step by step procedures in the three areas culminating in a finished final product. The students will learn the specifics of the areas by hands on use of printing equipment and Macintosh computers. Other areas will be discussed to give the student a well rounded idea of the industry.
     
    Graphic Arts, Intermediate
    Prerequisite: Graphic Arts, Introduction

    Course number: T400121
    Course Length: 1Semester/Quarter
    Course description:
    This course is a continuation of Introduction to Graphic Arts. Students will select one of the following areas of concentration: Computer Graphics, Offset Printing, Screen Printing, or Embroidery. Students will develop skills in operating various pieces of prepress and printing equipment. Through a number of projects, they will develop the skills necessary to design and produce real printed products for screen printing or offset customers. Students will also produce a display for graphic arts competition.
     
    Production Graphic Arts
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic Arts and Intermediate Graphic Arts

    Course Number: T400141
    Course Length: 1 Quarter
    Course Description:
    Students choose from one of four areas: Computer Graphics, Offset Printing, Screen Printing and Embroidery. Students produce graphic arts products for customers just as they would for a commercial printing company. Customer needs vary in complexity and stage of completion. Each student will be part of a team during the production process. Students learn that attention to detail and building a strong work ethic is essential for meeting customer needs.
     
    Electronic Publishing
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic Art

    Course number: T405611
    Course Length: 1 quarter
    Course Description:
    Desktop publishing (DTP) is a method of producing pieces to be printed using a computer, and a page layout application (Indesign). Students will be introduced to the world of publishing by using a computer. The goal of the Desktop Publishing curriculum is to prepare students with skills in using computer applications for displaying a message to or for consumers by creating effective signs, greeting cards, name tags, company logos, business cards, coupons, calendars, brochures, newsletters. 

    This course would give an art student a place to apply their talents.
    The computer becomes an electronic drawing board when combined with drawing (Illustrator) painting (Photoshop) and page layout (Indesign) applications. Desktop publishing enables the user to combine text, photos, and graphics on a page and to choose from many fonts and type styles clipart, backgrounds and stock photos to create finished designs for communication. Often pieces are designed that are ineffective, impossible to print, or unusable to the customer. Composition, and design characteristics will be discussed and practiced. Desktop Publishing students will gain the skills needed to pursue employment in this field whether it be working for a company or being self employed working on ones own computer.

    Technology Literacy
    Prerequisite: None

    Course number: T400011
    Course Length: Semester
    Course Description:
    Technology Literacy is an introductory course into the world of Information Technology.  Students will be studying the history of the personal computer, basic infrastructure, applications, and the future of personal computers. 

    This course consists of hands on interactive courseware with on-line learning and teacher mentoring to help develop student's computer knowledge and computer literacy consisting of two parts. Part I contains an introduction to computers, a history of computers, safety information, as well as power supply, system unit, and basic input and output device information.

    Visual Basic 1
    Prerequisite: Technology Literacy and/or Computer Literacy

    Course number: T405411
    Course Length: Semester
    Course Description:
    Visual Basic is an object-based/event driven general purpose language that affords a simplified approach to programming. The emphasis of Visual Basic is on the objects included in the user interface and the events that occur when those objects are used. This course examines the object- based, event-driven programming approach including language constructs, looping structures, file management, error trappings and database access.

    Computer Programming, Intro Accelerated
    Prerequisite: Visual Basic

    Course Number: T405301
    Course Length: Semester
    Course Description:
    Student will learn the basics of communication with a computer through various programming languages. Languages taught will be Java and ActionScript.
     
    Advanced Computer Programming
    Prerequisite: Visual Basic

    Course Number: T405311
    Course Length: Semester
    Course Description
    Students who successfully complete this course will learn the process of writing, testing, and maintaining the source code of computer programs. Classe can consist of but are not limited to Visual Web Developer, Visual C#, Visual C++, Visual Java, and SQL Express.
     
    Digital Imaging
    Prerequisite: None

    Course Number: T407601
    Course Length: 1 Semester
    Course Description:
    Students enrolled in Digital Imaging will use computers and software to analyze and create images for use in publications, web sites, multi-media presentations, and video.
     
    PLTW: Principles of Engineering
    Prerequisite: Algebra II, Introduction to Engineering Design

    Course number: T431491 or T531492 (CPA)
    Course Length: 2 Quarters
    Course Description:
    This is a Project Lead the Way course. Principles of Engineering is a rigorous course emphasizing the integration of hand-on projects with theory, using science to illuminate the projects and the projects to motivate the science. It covers fluid dynamics, strength of materials, robotics, bridge building and controls.
     
    PLTW: Introduction to Engineering Design
    Prerequisite: Algebra II

    Course number: T431481 or T531471 (CPA)
    Course Length: 2 Quarters
    Course Description:
    This class is offered at Saint Paul College Career Pathway Program. A regular HS Course is available also for high schools offering this course.Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is an introductory course, which develops student problem solving skills, with emphasis placed upon the concept of developing a 3-D model or solid rendering of an object. Students focus on the application of visualization processes and tools provided by modern, state-of-the art computer hardware and software, Inventor, which is an AutoCAD product. This computer-based process replaces the traditional hand drawing methods. The course will emphasize the design development process of a product and how a model of the product is produced, analyzed and evaluated, using a Computer Aided Design System. Various design applications will be explored with discussion of possible career opportunities in Engineering Design.
     
    PLTW: Civil Engineering and Architectureeng
    Prerequisite: Algebra II, Intro to Engineering OR Principles of Engineering desired

    Course Number: T431611 or T531611 (CPA)
    Course Length: 1 semester
    Course Description:
    This is a Project Lead the Way Course. The major focus of the Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) course is a long-term project that involves the development of a local property site. As students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture, they apply what they learn to the design and development of this property. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of both fields. Students work in teams, exploring hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. Students will use Revit software to help them develop solutions to meet numerous requirements for their project. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional civil engineering and architecture community.
     
    PLTW: Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    Prerequisite: Algebra II

    Course number: T531713
    Course Length: 2 Quarters
    Course Description:
    Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) is a course that applies principles of rapid prototyping, robotics, and automation that are integral in cutting edge manufacturing centers. Students will learn to use CNC (computer numerical code) and other rapid prototyping equipment to construct physical models of their CAD three-dimensional designs. CIM will also introduce the fundamentals of robotics and how this equipment is utilized in today’s manufacturing facilities. Students will also learn to program a robotic arm to perform various tasks including interaction with other tools and machines.
     
    PLTW: Digital Electronics
    Prerequisite: Algebra II, Principles of Engineering

    Course number: T431501 or T531501 (CPA)
    Course Length: 2 Quarters
    Course Description:
    This class if offered at Saint Paul College Career Pathway Program. A regular HS Course is available also for high schools offering this course.  This is a Project Lead the Way Course. Digital Electronic is a rigorous course emphasizing the integration of hands-on projects with theory. It encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Students use computer simulation software to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.
     
    Technical Audio Production
    Prerequisite: none

    Course number: T400131
    Course Length: 1 quarter
    Course Description:
    This communications technology class explores the use of computer software to produce music and then apply that music to use in videos and other media. Students will also generate their own CD’s and DVD’s. The following software programs will be used, Sony Acid, Sony Vegas, Sony Sound Forge and Adobe Soundbooth. Sony Vegas is a program that offers a certification track. A variety of hardware including microphones, recording devices and mixing boards will also be taught and used.
     
    Technical Video Communication 1
    Prerequisite: None

    Course number: T400161
    Course Length: 1 Semester
    Course Description:
    Technical Video Production 1 provides students with a basic understanding of the technology behind video as an information medium, and some of the ways in which it is created to achieve its desired effect on an audience. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate video editing skills using Apple iMovie software. These skills include the ability to edit audio and video clips, add titles, record voice overs, and insert effects into video projects. Students will also learn basic camera usage and composition techniques. Students will have the chance to learn about and explore career opportunities in video production through guest speakers, field trips, and research in the school’s College and Career Center.
     
    Technical Video Communication 2
    Prerequisite: Technical Video Communication 1

    Course number: T400171
    Course Length: 1 Semester
    Course Description:
    Technical Video Communication 2 increases students’ understanding of the technology behind video as an information medium, and some of the ways in which it is created to achieve its desired effect on an audience. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate basic video editing skills using Adobe Premiere video editing software. Students will also learn to produce DVDs of their videos using DVD authoring software. Technical Video Communication 2 increases students’ technical awareness of composition and editing techniques. Students will have the chance to learn about and explore career opportunities in video production through guest speakers, field trips, and research in the school’s College and Career Center.
     
    Technical Video Communication 3
    Prerequisite: Technical Video Communication 2

    Course number: T400181
    Course Length: 1 Semester
    Course Description:
    Technical Video Communication 3 continues to increase students’ understanding of the technology behind video as an information medium, and some of the ways in which it is created to achieve its desired effect on an audience. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate advanced video editing skills using Adobe Premiere including video editing of multiple sources of video in one project. Students will learn to produce professional quality DVDs using Apple DVD Studio software. Students will also learn basic video editing skills using Final Cut Pro video editing software. Students will have the chance to learn about and explore career opportunities in video production through guest speakers, field trips, and research in the school’s College and Career Center.
     
    Technical Video Communication 4
    Prerequisite: Technical Video Communication 3

    Course number: T400191
    Course Length: 1 Semester
    Course Description:
    Technical Video Communication 4 is the capstone course for video communication. Students completing this course will be able to use industry standard video editing software to create high quality video compositions. Students will be able to integrate the capabilities of multiple software packages to incorporate video, digital imagery, and audio into their video projects. Students will also learn to chromo key video. Students will have the chance to learn about and explore career opportunities in video production through guest speakers, field trips, and research in the school’s College and Career Center.
     
    Film IB
    Prerequisite:

    The IB film course does not depend upon prior learning in film. Since the course is designed to enable a student personally to experience film, growth in the discipline is reflected in how that student develops, extends and refines the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the pursuance of this form. This individual perspective is reflected in the criterion-based approach to assessment that allows students to calibrate their own personal development. Students’ individual ability to be creative, imaginative and to communicate in film is challenged and extended through the theoretical and practical content of the course. The IB film course presents a relevant learning opportunity for a diverse range of students as it lays an appropriate foundation for further study in film and other related subjects. In addition, by instilling discipline, honing group skills and refining communication tools, the IB film course offers a valuable course of study for students who may wish to follow other fields in tertiary education or other career pathways.
     
    Course Number: T471001
    Course Length: 1 year for Standard Level, 2 years for Higher Level
     
    Course Description:
    Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. The Diploma Program film course aims to develop students’ skills so that they become adept in both interpreting and making film texts.

    Through the study and analysis of film texts and exercises in film-making, the Diploma Program film course explores film history, theory and socio-economic background. The course develops students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. To achieve an international understanding within the world of film, students are taught to consider film texts, theories and ideas from the points of view of different individuals, nations and cultures.

    The IB film course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of a group.
    Students will develop the professional and technical skills (including organizational skills) needed to express themselves creatively in film. A challenge for students following this course is to become aware of their own perspectives and biases and to learn to respect those of others. This requires willingness to attempt to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural diversity, and to have an open and critical mind. Thus, the IB film course can become a way for the student to celebrate the international and intercultural dynamic that inspires and sustains a type of contemporary film, while appreciating specifically local origins that have given rise to cinematic production in many parts of the world.

    For any student to create, to present and to study film requires courage, passion and curiosity: courage to create individually and as part of a team, to explore ideas through action and harness the imagination, and to experiment; passion to communicate and to act communally, and to research and formulate ideas eloquently; curiosity about self and others and the world around them, about different traditions, techniques and knowledge, about the past and the future, and about the limitless possibilities of human expression through film.

    At the core of the IB film course lies a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of film.

     
    Web Graphics and Animation: Game IT
    Prerequisite: None

    Course Number: T408221
    Course Length: Semester
    Course Description:
    This is an introductory game design course intended to develop technical skills like programming, graphic design and audio editing that are critical to developing a game.
     
    Web Page Design, Introduction
    Prerequisite: None

    Course Number: T407211
    Course Length:1 Semester
    Course Description:
    This course is an introduction to web page design and Hyper Text Markup Language. Students will focus on the basic design elements of text, color, images or graphics, and links for creating a web page. Students will work together in class on the basics of web page design and complete a personal web site.
     
    Web Page Design
    Prerequisite: Intro to Web Page Design

    Course Number: T407221
    Course Length: 1 Semester
    Course Description:
    This course will focus on Adobe DreamweaverCS3 and Flash CS3. While learning the Dreamweaver CS3 interface. While learning Dreamweaver students will also learn site control, images, text, linking pages, ordered, unordered and defined lists, color schemes, tables and basic layouts. Flash topics include vocabulary related to Flash and computer animation, Flash help, the work area, library panel, property inspector, tools pane, publishing flash moves, graphics, animation, masking, symbols, sound morphing, fading, animating along a path, and working with interactive files. As a final project students will create and export a Flash CS3 movie incorporating lessons learned and integrate it into their own website. This is a project based course with both texts building on understanding the overall design and development process that is required for producing visually appealing and user friendly Web, graphics and rich media communication.


    Adobe Dreamweaver CS3
    This is a professional visual editor for creating and managing Web sites and Web pages. Students can incorporate text, images, video, animation, and other media into a web site.
    Adobe Flash CS3
    This program is for creating 2D vector based web animations, logos, and/or short video clips to be viewed on the web.

    * This course is articulated for Tech Prep Credit with Saint Paul College courses Adobe Dreamwaver and Adobe Flash.