CAD & Multimedia Display - MSC 258

Course Outline and Syllabus

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces and provides experience with a variety of technically oriented digital applications. Emphasis is placed on contemporary visual presentation methods and techniques, as well as on an introduction to plotting. editing, and file management with CAD software. Upon completion, students should be able to produce a computerized technical presentation and informational presentation item, and create cross sections and profiles using CAD software.


  1. The student will demonstrate the critical thinking skills needed for a variety of photographic projects utilizing contemporary digital cameras and the use of portable lighting tools.

  2. The student will gain practical experience with various aspects of digital imagery and its applications, including the digital darkroom (Adobe® Photoshop®) and various aspects of Microsoft® Windows® Graphics Presentation Software.

  3. The student will gain additional experience with the use of computers and associated hardware. Students will be expected to utilize and understand hardware such as - printers, plotters, digital projectors, CD/DVD writers, flash drives,scanners,and film recorders - all of which may be used with computers for the preparation of digitized presentations.

  4. Students will be introduced to the software capabilities and operations of Autodesk® Civil 3D design tool.

Contact Hours per Week: Class 1, Lab 3

Course Hours per Semester : 64

Semester Hours Credit: 2

GRADING: A grade for MSC 258 will be based on the following criteria:

15% - Attendance/Instructor - Class attendance, attitude, aptitude and general lab efficiency as observed by the instructors.

25% - Daily Grades - Individual student performance on homework, student module exercises, and tests.

40% - Semester Projects - PowerPoint® Presentation (20%), Individual Information Presentation Item (20%)

20% - Final Exam - Practical and/or Written

SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to supply items for their personal use during this course.(ie. lens tissue, recordable CD’s, USB Flash Drives, etc.)


I. Introduction

A. Description of course and objectives

B. Prerequisites, textbooks, requirements, conduct & attendance

C. Grading criteria, system and grade definitions

II. Review of photographic techniques

A. Prerequisite materials and text chapters

B. Review Test

III. Image and Multimedia Production

A. Descriptions and definitions

B. Ideas to Production

1. Purpose

2. Analyzing the audience

3. Research and planning

a. Elements in narrative design

b. Story boarding

C. Multimedia presentation tools

1. Computers and Computerized Projection Systems

2. Print mediums

IV . Photographing for Multimedia Production

A. Equipment options

    1. Traditional 35mm Cameras

    2. Digital Cameras

B. Films, File Formats and/or print options

V . Thinking Visually

A. Graphics, titles and special effects

    1. Traditional Methods

    2. Contemporary Methods

B. Artificial Lighting Techniques

C. Equipment and Applications

VI. PowerPoint Presentations

A. Equipment and Software

B. Applications and Techniques

VII. Practical Projects and Applications

A. Computerized Presentation (PowerPoint®)

1. Aesthetics

2. Techniques

B. Individual Presentation Item

    1. Brochures (Microsoft® Publisher)

      a. Aesthetics

      b. Techniques

    2. Posters (Microsoft® and/or Adobe® Photoshop®)

    a. Aesthetics

    b. Techniques

VIII. Autodesk® Civil 3D

A. Equipment and Software

B. Civil Design Process and Civil 3D

1. Points and Boundaries

2. Surfaces and Civil Design

3. Civil 3D Points

4. Parcels

5. Profiles and Cross Sections

6. Sharing Data

C. Applications and Techniques

NOTE: The above outline should be considered flexible and topics may be shifted in sequence to fit equipment and/or personnel constraints. Information contained in this syllabus was, to the best knowledge of the instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed for use at the beginning of the semester. However, this syllabus should not be considered a contract between Cape Fear Community College and any student, nor between the instructor and any student. The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Cape Fear Community College, to make changes in course content and/or instructional techniques without notice or obligation.