CISC 1600

at Brooklyn College

CISC 1600 -
Introduction to Multimedia Computing

Meyer - Spring 2012
Sat, 10:00AM-1:00PM

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Course Abbreviation: CISC 1600
Credits: 3.0 (3 hours)
Code: 3668
Section: CN1
Schedule: S 10:00-01:00PM
Room: 5301 N
Lab: 5301 N
Semester: Spring 2012


Instructor: Matthew Meyer
Office: 534 NE
E-mail: meyer(at)sci(dot)brooklyn(dot)cuny(dot)edu
Web Page:


This course will commence with a broad introduction to topics in Multi-Media Computing (MMC), including: web design, web programming, graphics, animation, data visualization, simulations and game design. Discussions will be introductory and will cover a broad range of subjects, such as: multimedia hardware and software, human interface design and input using multi-media devices; graphical and other forms of output to multi-media devices; agent-based programming for simulations; and uses of multi-media in industry. Emphasis is on the design and creation of a range of artifacts, including: web pages, with HTML and cascading style sheets; interactive, graphical web-based programs; and simple computer games and narratives. The format consists of alternative lecture/laboratory class sessions, with STRONG emphasis on hands-on learning.

1. Introduction to web programming and web design.
[ Princples of Web Design; XTHML; Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) ]
2. Interactive web programming and graphic applications.
[ Processing; JavaScript; Server Side Scripting Languages ]
3. Agent-based programming, simulations and visualizations.
[ NetLogo; Many Eyes ]
4. Game Programming and Visual Narratives.
[ Scratch; FLash CS4; Mobile Device Programming ]

Note to advanced students:
Students who already have knowledge of some of the topic areas and technologies that will be covered in CIS 3.5, will be offered advanced projects and modified attendance requirements if (and only IF) they can demonstrate that they are already familiar with the introductory level material within a topic area.



There is no set textbook for this class. Online resources will be provided for all topics.


Students may use their own computers at home or use the college computers (Library, Computer Café, Web Building). When specialized software is required, it will be either provided in the lab, or be freely available online.


Attendance: I take attendance. Each unexcused absence will lower your FINAL grade by 1 percentage point. Each time you are late to class will cost you 1/2 of a percentage point on your FINAL grade. (Up to 10 points total).


Tutor Assistance
Tutors are available in the open lab in the laboratory facility at the WEB building. They may or may not be able to help you with your course materials.

General Advice


General Information:
Each of the areas of study are covered by one or more "Projects". Each project is designed to give you an in depth introduction to a subject area.

Submission Instructions:
You need to create an archive of the files you are submitting (if you are submitting multiple files, or a folder hierachy) and then email that archive to me. If you are using a PC, please use ZIP files (not RAR). You can create zip files on most PC's simple by right clicking on the folder you want to send and choosing "send to" => "compressed folder".

If you are using a MAC, you can use the File - Create Archive utility in the Finder. Simply highlight all the files you want to include in the archive by clicking once on each file's icon while holding down the Apple key. Then from the Finder, click on File - Create Archive and an archive file will be created called

Late Assignments:
Each assignment must be handed in or emailed to me on the day that it is due. Any assignment received after midnight of its due date will be penalized 10%, for each calendar day after the due date (after 10 days I don't accept it).


Student Conduct:
Any acts of disruption that go beyond the normal rights of students to question and discuss with instructors the educational process relative to subject content will not be tolerated, in accordance with the Academic Code of Conduct described in the Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices in Class Policy:
Cellular telephones, pagers, CD players, radios, and similar devices are prohibited in the classroom and laboratory facilities. Calculators and computers are prohibited during examinations, unless specified.

Examination Policy:
A midterm and final examination will be given in class. Please schedule your other activities in advance. No make-up exams will be allowed without prior arrangements being made.

Incomplete Policy:
Students will not be given an incomplete grade in the course without sound reason and documented evidence. In any case, for a student to receive an incomplete, he or she must be passing and must have completed a significant portion of the course.

Academic Integrity Policy:
Students are expected to uphold the school’s standard of conduct relating to academic honesty. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student's submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student's own work. Students shall be guilty of violating the college’s policy if they:
Any student violating the college’s academic integrity policy is subject to receive a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. If a student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute violation, the student should meet with the instructor to discuss the situation.

For this class, it is permissible to assist classmates in general discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction are encouraged. Each person, however, must develop his or her own solutions to the assigned projects, assignments, and tasks. In other words, students may not "work together" on graded assignments. Such collaboration constitutes cheating. A student may not use or copy (by any means) another's work (or portions of it) and represent it as his/her own. If you need help on an assignment, contact your instructor, not other classmates.

Disabilities Policy:
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all qualified students enrolled in this course are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Please notify the instructor during the first week of class of any accommodations needed for the course and read the following:

In order to receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services (CSDS). Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell at 718-951-5538. If you have already registered with the CSDS please provide your professor with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with him/her as soon as possible and at an appropriate time.

Finally, we will be providing for your use the link to the latest edition of the University publication: Reasonable Accommodations: A Faculty Guide to Teaching College Students with Disabilities: The purpose of this guide is to provide faculty with information and suggestions to help meet the classroom needs of students with disabilities. It is a superb resource. I encourage you to make use of the information being provided.

Please contact Valerie Stewart-Lovell, Director of the Center for Student Disability Services located at 138 Roosevelt Hall, extension 5538, Natalie Mason-Kinsey Director of Equity and Diversity, located at 2147 Boylan Hall, extension 4128, or this office if you have any questions or comments regarding our college policies or the resources available for students with disabilities.

The guide can be downloaded from the CUNY Assistive Technology Services website;