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Department: CTAE



Fall Semester 2016

INSTRUCTOR: Adrian Williams
PHONE: 770-819-2521 Ext. 211


PHS SCHOOL VISION: Empowering Students to Become Productive Members of a Global Community
PHS SCHOOL MISSION: Modeling and Developing Intellectual, Physical and Emotional Behaviors that Lead
to Success for All
Increase the Graduation Rate
Increase rigor and student engagement (Project-based learning environment)
Increase community and parental involvement
This course will serve as the foundational course in the Audio & Video Technology & Film pathway. The course
prepares students for employment or entry into a postsecondary education program in the audio and video
technology career field. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to: terminology, safety, basic equipment,
script writing, production teams, production and programming, lighting, recording and editing, studio production,
and professional ethics. Skills USA, the Georgia Scholastic Press Association, Technology Student Association
(TSA) and Student Television Network are examples of, but not limited to, appropriate organizations for providing
leadership training and/or for reinforcing specific career and technical skills and may be considered an integral part
of the instructional program. All material covered in Audio & Video Technology & Film I will be utilized in
subsequent courses. The pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.

Course Standard 1
Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry.
The following elements should be integrated throughout the content of this course.
1.1 Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, listening, reading, and interpersonal abilities.
1.2 Demonstrate creativity with multiple approaches to ask challenging questions resulting in innovative procedures,
methods, and products.
1.3 Exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills to locate, analyze, and apply information in career planning and
employment situations.
1.4 Model work readiness traits required for success in the workplace including integrity, honesty, accountability,
punctuality, time management, and respect for diversity.
1.5 Apply the appropriate skill sets to be productive in a changing, technological, and diverse workplace to be able to
work independently, interpret data, and apply team work skills.
1.6 Present a professional image through appearance, behavior, and language.

Course Standard 2
Understand and follow safety procedures when working with TV equipment.
2.1 State general safety rules for operation of equipment and learning activities specific to film and TV.
2.2 Perform safe practices when working on assignments.
2.3 Transport equipment safely and securely.
Course Standard 3
Understand and utilize trade terminology in an appropriate manner.
3.1 Identify and utilize trade terminology in the media production lab.
3.2 Identify and utilize trade abbreviations and acronyms as appropriate.
Course Standard 4
Demonstrate proper set-up and use of basic production equipment.
4.1 Demonstrate steps necessary to set-up, turn on, and operate equipment according to instructors directions.
4.2 Use both traditional camcorders and non-traditional capture devices like DSLR cameras, smart phones and iPads to
record and edit video.
4.3 Demonstrate proper picture composition techniques.
4.4 Demonstrate proper camera movement.
4.5 Demonstrate proper use of microphones.
4.6 Identify qualities of a technically acceptable audio track.
4.7 Demonstrate mastery of aesthetics to include composition, coordination, balance, and color contrast.
4.8 Demonstrate basic lighting techniques.
4.9 Explain the care, storage, and use of media hardware and software.
4.10 Determine proper cables for set-up and operation of production equipment.
Course Standard 5
Identify and create various types of scripts.
5.1 Identify scripts by format.
5.2 Demonstrate the steps leading to the development of various types of scripts
(Brainstorm, Proposal and Treatment).
5.3 Define terminology used in scriptwriting.
5.4. Write scripts as assigned according to designated deadline.
5.5. Plan and produce a storyboard.
Course Standard 6
Demonstrate proper use and operation of studio equipment and production techniques while working as part of a
production team during a studio broadcast.
6.1. Operate production switcher.
6.2. Operate audio console.
6.3. Operate recording/broadcasting equipment.
6.4. Operate studio cameras.
6.5. Operate character generator.
6.6. Identify and perform duties of a floor director.
6.7. Demonstrate basic three point lighting for studio broadcast.
Course Standard 7
Demonstrate teamwork and proper use of equipment while participating in a live field production which may include
electronic news gathering, film work or streaming live events.
7.1 Operate field cameras.
7.2 Demonstrate live audio recording using proper microphones and field mixer.
7.3 Identify different types of internet connections.
7.4 Demonstrate the difference between uploading and downloading and identify different compression methods
commonly used with digital video.
Course Standard 8
Demonstrate the use of technology in recording and post-production applications.
8.1. Identify recording formats and compression methods used with digital media.
8.2. Demonstrate the production of still and motion graphics.
8.3. Capture and / or transfer digital video using editing application.

8.4. Demonstrate basic editing techniques while producing a finished video.

8.5 Demonstrate various methods to export completed media including DVD authoring and digital upload.
8.6 Demonstrate basic audio editing techniques.
8.7 Demonstrate special effects processing to include color correction, keying and digital compositing.

Course Standard 9
Develop an understanding of audio video and film careers, describe the principal fields of specializations and identify
associated career opportunities.
9.1 Identify education requirements for audio video and film occupations and locations where programs of study are
9.2 Match audio video and film job titles with qualifications and responsibilities.
9.3 Participate in activities related to career interests.
Course Standard 10
Examine how related student organizations are integral parts of career and technology education courses through
leadership development, school and community service projects and competitive events.
10.1 Explain the purpose, mission, objectives, motto, colors, official dress and other distinguishing characteristics of
Skills USA.

TEXTBOOK/SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES: Our main textbook for the course is:

Television Production Handbook, 12th Edition
Herbert Zettl San Francisco State University
ISBN-10: 1285052676 | ISBN-13: 9781285052670
528 Pages
Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
2015 | Published
Required/Supplemental/Parallel Texts for the Course:


Composition book
8Gb or Higher Thumb Drive or SD card

Class Rules and Studio Rules:
1. Students shall respect each other and self at all times.
2. All Safety All the Time!
3. Food and drinks are not permitted in the studio. Water bottles should stay in your book bags, and should never be near
the computers or any video equipment.
4. This is a professional studio; students shall act professionally at all times.
5. Students shall respect and care for all equipment and report any damage to equipment immediately.
6. All videos created must adhere to the guidelines of Peeblebrook High School Policies.
7. Any acts of vandalism or theft will result in immediate dismissal from class.
Internet and Network Usage:
1. Peeblebrook High School and Cobb County School District rules apply.
2. Internet use is a privilege and must support academic projects (it must pertain to a class assignment).
3. Logging in as someone else and/or sharing login and password information will be grounds for a discipline referral.
4. Misuse of the server, visits to inappropriate web sites, sending personal e-mails, instant messaging, or other
unauthorized use of the Internet will be grounds for a discipline referral.


Daily Work, Homework & Quizzes 15%
Projects 30%
Tests 20%
Work Ethic, Participation and
Employability Skills 20%
Final Exam 5%
EOPA 10%
Work Ethic: points are earned each grading period. Points will be deducted for violations of the class rules, poor
attendance, excessive tardiness, or behavior problems. Students may earn extra credit by volunteering to mentor,
assist, shoot (video), or otherwise seek to promote the entire class professionally.
Parent/Teacher/Student Communication:
Please monitor your students progress (both attendance and grades) with Synergy. The most efficient way to
communicate with me is by e-mail to the address ( Each student will provide a
valid internet e mail address for various communications and projects. The student will be required to fill out an
information form so that clear lines of communication can be established. The student is instructed to make
communication within 3 days of start of class.
Provision for Improving Grades:
1. Opportunities designed to allow students to recover from a low or failing cumulative grade will be allowed after
all work required to date has been completed, and the student has demonstrated a legitimate effort to meet all
course requirements including attendance. Students should contact the teacher concerning recovery opportunities.
Teachers are expected to establish a reasonable time period for recovery work to be completed during the semester.
All recovery work must be directly related to course objectives and must be completed ten school days prior to the
end of the semester.
2. Teachers will determine when and how students with extenuating circumstances may improve their grades.
A - 100-90%
B - 89-80%
C - 79-74%
D 70-73%
F - 69-Below
It is strongly encouraged that you keep your Synergy login information in a safe place and that you have access to
the information when needed. Parents should contact the Main Office (770.819.2521).
Please note that when you are viewing grades in Synergy that a blank grade column for your child has no effect on
their grade. If the space is blank, then your student may not have turned in that assignment due to absence or the
teacher may not have entered grades for that assignment at that time. An X means that the student is exempt
from an assignment at the discretion of the teacher.
Homework/Class Work Requirements:
All classwork is expected to be complete and turned in to the Instructor by the end
of each class session. Failure to do so will automatically have an adverse effect on
your grade.
Some of the learning that takes place in this class will be student-driven and
project based. True learning takes place when students solve problems and
discover things on their own. I will not stand in front of the class and simply tell
you what you need to know.
Some projects will be individual, but many will require you to work in a small
group. Generally groups will initially be two people but if students prove that they
are able to work well in larger groups, I will allow it.

While I understand that some people prefer to work alone, working with others is
an essential skill that is needed to be successful as an adult. If you are one of these
people, please speak with me in private and I will attempt to group you with other
students in which you will be compatible.

Tests and Quizzes:

The majority of the tests and quizzes I give are multiple choice and short answer.
However, all tests can include a combination of any of the following: multiple
choice, true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, graphs, charts, and map
Quizzes will be scheduled in advance, but the teacher reserves the right to give pop
quizzes. If participation in class is low, students are not able to participate in class
discussions with reasonable intelligence of the material, and/or did not complete
the homework, a pop quiz may be given. Quizzes will cover the readings that the
student is to have completed, class activities, and any notes given in class lecture
(normally only a weeks worth of material).
Students with no more than one excused absence may qualify to exempt one of their final exams. Students with a
course average of 80 or higher may exempt one final exam of their choice. Students with a course average of 79 or
below may request that ten percentage points be added to the final exam grade. Towards the end of the semester,
students who qualify may submit an Exam Exemption Form to the classroom teacher of their choice. Teachers
must verify that the student qualifies for the exemption.
LATE WORK POLICY: Any late work will receive a highest possible grade of a 70 if turned
in after the assignment is due. The student will have until the unit test to turn in late
work and will receive a highest possible grade of 70. No work will be graded after the
Unit Test.
ATTENDANCE AND MAKE-UP POLICY: If a student receives and excused absence he or she will be able to make
up the work in class that was done for the day. Each class has a rolling folder activity spot on the back wall. It is the
students responsibility to obtain their work from the wall and complete and return in a timely manner. The student has
up to the amount of excused absences plus one day to complete any missing work. After that point the work will be
considered late and will be graded as such.
To avoid being counted tardy, students must be seated and ready for class when the bell rings. School policy states that
students may receive detention, In-School Suspension, and Out-of-School Suspension for repeated tardies.
Morning Session: 7:25am

to 7:55am (Monday thru Thursday)


As per the schools policy, cell phones are not to be used during class time unless directed by the teacher for instructional
purposes. Students will receive a discipline referral after one warning to put away any electronic device (unless the
device is being used for instruction). Students are allowed to bring certain technologies to class (iPad, laptop, Kindle,
etc.), but it should NOT interfere with the teaching or others learning.

Students who score 69 or below on any unit

assessment are allowed to retake the assessment. The grade will not
exceed a 70 for the unit assessment. The retake must be completed
with-in one week. Please view the teachers blog for notification when
the assessment will be administered.

Cheating is considered a serious matter. Any student who is involved in cheating/plagiarism will receive a grade
of zero on the material, an unsatisfactory in conduct, and his/her parents will be notified.
For this course, cheating is defined as, but is not limited to, the following acts:

Copying anyone's answers to questions, exercises, study guides, class work or homework assignments

Taking any information verbatim from any source, including the Internet, without giving proper credit to
the author, or rearranging the order of words and/or changing some words as written by the author and
claiming the work as his or her own, i.e., plagiarism.
Looking onto another student's paper during a test or quiz.
Having available any study notes or other test aids during a test or quiz without the teacher's permission.

Collaborating on assignments when independent work is expected.