Communication Technology I Syllabus

Course Name: Communication Technology I
Course Number: 8601010
Course Prerequisites: None, Entry Level Course
Course Length: Full Year (August - June)

Course Description
Communication Technology is an entry level course where students will learn a foundation of knowledge and technical experiences
within the area of Communication Technology. The focus on this class will be in the area of Graphic Communications and printing
processes including but not limited to: Desktop Publishing, Digital Photography, Offset Printing, Vinyl Graphics, Vector Image
Editing, Digital Photography, Screen Printing, Dye Sublimation Printing, Duplication, Scanning, Heat Transfer Printing, Package
Design and Binding and Finishing techniques. Students will begin learning basic tools and operations in the following graphic
software: Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoShop and Flexisign Pro.

Course Objective
Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
• Define technology and understand the historical importance of technology within our society
• Define communication and understand the historical importance that communication has on our society
• Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in the use of Adobe InDesign software
• Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in the use of Adobe Photoshop software.
• Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in the use of Flexisign Pro Vector graphic software.
• Identify the principles of design and the elements of design
• Identify numerous paper types and finishes
• Demonstrate how to perform basic functions and operations within: screen printing, offset printing, dye sublimation printing,
duplication and vinyl cutter operation.
• Understand the link between this course and career awareness and college preparation
• Identify the major printing processes related to this class.

Required Course Materials
Students should bring a pencil and notebook (or just paper to write on) to class each and every day. Textbooks will be used, but all
book work will be done during class time. A flash drive (minimum 2gb) is required, since no student work will be saved on school
computers. This will eliminate deleting, changing or copying others work.

Course Schedule
week 1-2

Introduction to the course, define technology and communication, safety information and quiz, ruler
information and quiz as well as Chapter 1 work sheet and quiz. Begin kinetic energy project.

week 3-4

Complete kinetic energy project, fire extinguisher safety, Chapter 2 work sheet and quiz, Introduction to
Desktop Publishing, complete three activities and begin business card project. Demonstration on paper
cutters. How to use the network, access clipart and create student folders.

week 5-6

Complete business card project and begin notepad project, demonstration on padding press , Chapter 3
work sheet and quiz. Demonstrate how to print originals on laser printer and how to use the Risograph
Duplicators. Section Test or Quiz chapter 1-3.

week 7-10

Chapter 13 work sheet and quiz, Begin Business form quote sheet project. Demonstration in Adobe
Photoshop, practice exercises and begin Dye Sublimation Mug project.

week 13-15

Chapter 14 work sheet and quiz. Begin Demonstration on silk screen process and project.

week 16-18

Chapter 15 work sheet and quiz. Section two quiz chapters 13-15. Paste-up demonstration and project

week 19-21

TSA promotional graphics project, Introduction to offset printing, parts of the press and press operation.
Running paper through the press and inking the press.

week 22-24

Digital Photography, and photo-manipulation exercises and project. Chapter 17 work sheet and quiz,
Greeting card project

week 25-27

Chapter 24 work sheet and quiz. Offset plates, chemicals and inks information and quiz. Paper information
and quiz as well as Magazine cover and back page project

week 28-30

Logo activity and Flexisign software introduction and practice exercises. Flexisign practice editing and
vinyl cutter demonstration and activity. Chapter 11 work sheet and quiz.

Week 31-33

Vinyl projects (sticker and shirt). Parts of a digital camera and digital camera features.

Week 34-36

Package design introduction and project, Candy wrapper design, Bryce 3D software projects and final
newsletter project.

Communication Technology Project and Activities list
First eighteen weeks
• kinetic Energy machine
• desktop Publishing Activities 1-3
• business Card Project
• notepad Project
• work Quote Project
• photoshop Activities
• dye Sublimation Project
• silk Screen Project
• paste-up Activity
Second eighteen weeks
• TSA Promotional Graphics Activity
• digital Photography assignment
• offset printing activity
• greeting Card Project
• magazine cover and back page project
• vector graphics activities 1-2
• logo project
• vinyl cutting exercise
• package design project (pen box)
• candy wrapper activity
• newsletter project
• if time permits: 3D design and animation (Bryce 7Pro)

Course Policies
Attendance and Promptness:
This is a hands-on activity based course. Many of the exercises, activities, and projects in my class take up an entire period or
longer. Attendance and promptness are vital to the successful completion of this class. We think of our technology classes as a
business. If you do not show up for work or are late repeatedly you will be fired, so we have strict rules for attendance and tardiness.
You can find more information about tardies in the school handbook

Attendance Admits, School Business Forms, Etc.
I will collect any school business forms at the beginning of class. If students need something signed or dated I will so at the
end of the class.

Makeup work/tests/quiz
If a student has missed a day of school and has an excused absence, he or she may make up the work when they return to
school. This is also true when making up tests and quizzes. If the student has an unexcused absence, the work may not be made up and
the student will receive a zero for the work that he or she missed.

Classroom Rules

Students must sit in assigned seats
Raise your hand to speak or to be spoken to
Respect the classroom and others around you
No food, drinks or music players will be allowed in the room
At the end of the class students will return to assigned seats , no lining up at the door
Hall passes and restroom passes will be used accordingly
Tardiness will be strictly enforced! If you walk in when the bell rings you are tardy.
Cell phones must be turned off while at school… (Hillsborough County Policy)

Students when working on assignments are not permitted to use any clipart or images that go against school policy.
This would include: (weapons, knives, guns, drug and alcohol related items, etc.) Students must use common sense
when selecting clipart images for projects. If a student uses such an item and I do not notice it and another teacher
does, you will be responsible for your actions. Again, USE COMMON SENSE.
First Offense
Second Offense
Third Offense

DETENTION (Parent Contacted)

Hall Passes/Locker Passes
If students need to leave the room to use the restroom, a hall pass will be given. No student will be given permission to go to
another class unless they have a signed note from that teacher. Students will not be permitted to go to lockers to obtain
materials for classes other than the class they are currently in.

Grading Procedures:
1. Projects (15plus)
2. Tests/Quiz
3. Participation
4. Professionalism


Grading Scale
90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D

Conduct Grades
Each day students will be given a conduct grade based on his or her behavior or performance in the classroom. Each student
will start the semester with an “A”. What he or she does from there is up to them.
A = Good, Normal, Acceptable
B = Needs to improve
C = Marginal
D = Poor
F = Very Poor, Unacceptable