Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, and Technology
IT 621 - Multimedia Authoring and Scripting
- Course Syllabus -
Dr. Anthony Betrus: Professor
Fall 2013

Credit: Three semester hours


Time: 5:30 - 8:45 PM Tuesday August 27 through November 13


Location: Dunn 210


Catalog Description: The goal of this course is to help students develop the skills necessary to produce portfolio quality interactive medi (ISTE 3.b). Emphasis will be placed on understanding the problem solving skills(SOEPS CF 1.a) associated with the multimedia development proces (ISTE 3.e). Intermediate level - not an introductory course. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor or advisor.


Required Text: None


Resources: RunRevPlanet LiveCode Tips

Required Software: LiveCode Community (OpenSource)



Homework: There will be 3 projects assigned in this course. Each activity provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of the material covered in class.  The first project will emphasize presentation of material, the second will focus on interaction with the user, and the third will involve more sophisticated scripting. Requirements for individual assignments will be given in class.


Final Project: Students will negotiate a topic for the instructional project, which should incorporate skills learned from the first 3 assignments. The materials to be completed for the instructional project include needed multimedia elements, a description of the target audience, a storyboard, and a timeline for completion.


Attendance: Daily attendance is required of all students.


Digital Storage: Students must have a DropBox account.


Plagiarism: This course adheres to the College's policy on academic honesty as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog. Plagiarism may lead to grade reduction, course failure, or expulsion from school.


Students with disabilities: Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations should speak with the professor as early as possible. Students with disabilities should also contact: Sharon House, Coordinator of Accommodative Services at 267-3267, Sisson 111, or e-mail her at or 267-3267 for further assistance. All disclosures will remain confidential.


Course Schedule: (subject to change as needed)



Aug 27

Course Introduction/Overview.

Covered in Class:
LiveCode Authoring Environment.

Software and App Development

Project 1 topics chosen
Designing Multimedia: Choosing an appropriate topic, designing hierarchical branching structures, and navigation. Using buttons, text fields and graphics, scanning.


Work for next week:

Complete Storyboards for Project 1
Read and take notes: Douglas, Ian (2006) Issues in Software Engineering of Relevance to Instructional Design. TechTrends. Sep/Oct, Vol. 50 Issue 5, p28-35. 8p. (Full Text available through SUNY Potsdam Library)

Sept 3

Begin working on Project 1


Covered in Class:

Storyboards for Assignemnt 1 reviewed

Class Discussion of Article


Work for next week:

Read and take notes: Martin F. et al (2012) Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning. TechTrends Sep, Vol 56, p 46-51. 6p.

Complete Project 1

Sept 10

Project 1 Presentations


Covered in Class:

Student Presentations of Project 1

Preparing for next iteration

Presentations and discussion in class.


Work for next week:

Storyboards for Assignment #2

Complete LiveCode University: Introduction to Programming


Sept 17

Storyboards for Assignment 2 reviewed
Work for next week:
Read and Take Notes: Survey of Instructional Development Models, pp 30-44 (Product-Oriented Models)

Sept 24

Class time to work on project 2

Oct 1

Project 2 Presentations

Oct 8

No Class: Columbus Day Break

Oct 15

Storyboards for Assignment 3 reviewed
Classs time to work on project 3

Oct 22

Project 3 Presentations
Topic for final project to be decided by today.

Oct 29

No Class - AECT Conference

Work for next week:
Storyboards for Final Projects Assigned

Nov 5

Storyboards for final project due.

Class time used to work on Final Project


Work for next week:
Read Wikipedia Article on Usability Testing

Nov 13

Final Project Preparation


Covered in Class

Usability testing

Class time used to work on Final Project

Work for December 10

Finish Final Project

Production Report: Include what you planned to do, what obstacles and barriers you encountered and overcame/circumvented, and what you ultimately produced. This is a narrative of your production process. Include in your report a summary of your usability tests and what changes you made based on them.

Usability Report 3-5 users, with attached task list and error report.

Dec 10

Final Projects Presentations



Final Project File (if more than 1 file, package in .zip file)


Documentation: (1 pdf document, 2 parts)

Part 1: Production Report

Part 2: Usability Report


Homework: [3 x 50 points each]150 points
Final Project 150 points
TOTAL: 300 points


270-300 points 4.0
261-269 points 3.7
249-260 points 3.3
240-248 points 3.0
231-239 points 2.7
219-230 points 2.3
210-218 points 2.0


Office Information:
Office: Dunn Hall 393
Phone: (315) 267-2670
Office Hours: Wed 4:30-5:30 or by appointment.



This page created Aug 287, 2013. Last updated Oct 28, 2013.