CIS 3630 - Multimedia: Theory and Applications
Dr. J. Thomas


TEXT BOOK: Multimedia Authoring, Scott Fischer, AP Professional, 1994

Suggested Readings: (1 per group)
Authorware Professional 2.0, Matthew Holtz, ITP Wadsworth Publishing Co., N.Y.

Authorware Mini-Manual


Familiarity and experience in Windows 3.1 is a must. The course will cover multimedia both for MacIntosh and Windows environments.



There will be one exam in addition to a number of small multimedia projects and critiques, as well as an end of semester major project. These are broken down as follows:

Exam: 30% Small Projects: 20% Major Project : 40% Participation : 10%


Critiques of various multimedia applications, which draw on good and bad design issues discussed in class, will be required. These will form part of the Mini Projects grade, as will various in-class activities.

You will be required to read and discuss articles from multimedia magazines. You will also be required to come to class prepared to discuss the chapter readings, handout notes, and the small projects assigned. Where group work is involved, you are expected to share the work equitably. You will be required to evaluate your fellow group members based on their contribution.

In-class activities will include, among other things taking an application idea and developing it as far as the implementation and evaluation stages.

You are expected to learn the Authorware authoring system on your own. A mini-manual will be provided, and lab time is allocated for these purposes. Expect to spend at least 4 to 6 hours a week on this. You will be expected to use that knowledge to develop a small application of your own.


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1Introduction to Multimedia
  • What is Multimedia
  • Components of Multimedia

2Applications & Applicability2
3Tools for Development and Use
  • Text, Images & Sound
4-9Design, Evaluation, Building and Testing
  • Human Information Processing
    • Components
    • Structure
  • Courseware Design
    • Storyboards
    • Assumptions (Audience)
    • Road Maps
    • Document Structure
  • Authoring systems
  • Authoring - text, images, sound
Mini-Projects - Critiques
Presentations and Discussions
4 - 10



10-11Looking into the Future/Social Issues10
12-13Integration - finished Multimedia Projects

Major Project - Presentations and Discussions