American River College

Professor Carol Leever

Course Syllabus

zCisw 360 Beginning Flash

  • Instructor: Carol Leever
  • Instructor Email:
  • Instructor Office: Liberal Arts 133
  • Class Location: Online
  • Hours: 36 Lec/ 54 Lab
  • Time: Spring 2017 Online

This course introduces the design and the development of Flash-based interactive web sites and applications. Topics include the creation of simple vector-based graphics, buttons, animation and movies, and the integration of sound, raster graphics, and video.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • create and modify simple Flash objects
  • create images and animation using the basic features of Flash
  • incorporate simple images on layers to form successful composition
  • integrate sound, video, and animation into a web page
  • produce interactive interface elements that utilize basic scripting capabilities
  • publish multimedia web projects to the Internet
Adobe Flash Professional CS6 Classroom in a Book , by Adobe Creative Team (Author) 2012 ISBN-10: 032182251X | ISBN-13: 978-0321822512 (Books are optional and not required.)
Adobe Flash Professional CC Classroom in a Book, by Adobe Creative Team (Author) 2013 ISBN-10: 0321927850 | ISBN-13: 978-0321927859 (Books are optional and not required.)
Flash Program

NOTE: as of spring 2016, the current version of Flash CC is now called Adobe Animate CC. This is the same product as Flash CC.

This course requires that you have access to a computer with Flash/Animate loaded on it. We have the CC version in our classroom and in our labs. If you buy Flash from Adobe using their Creative Cloud option you will get the newest version of the software called 'Animate'.

This latest update was very recent, so the version used in all my videos is CS6. I also use Animate now, but there is very little difference between the current version and the older version. Essentially all Adobe Animate really added were some new brush options. The basic animation part of the software has not changed.

If you buy CC, there has been the option of getting CS6 for free along with your CC copy. I believe you must contact Adobe directly to 'ask' for this option (emphasis that you are a student). Considering the expense of the Adobe product, however, I can see how CC is an attractive choice.

An alternative is to get CS5. CS5 and CS6 are very similar and both are good programs. You can probably get a used version of CS5 fairly cheaply on Ebay. There are many professionals working in the industry that are using even older versions of the Adobe product.

NOTE: when you get Flash (or anything through the Creative Cloud) make certain you go for the 'student discount'. All you have to do is email them a picture of your student id card or your enrollment status as 'proof'. The student version is much cheaper.

Advisory: It would be helpful to have an understanding of HTML. Most Flash projects are published through the web and you need to know how to navigate the Internet and the WWW. You must have a good understanding of files and directories on a computer.
Students Responsibility:
  1. Must Participate in Online Instruction. Students are responsible for all material and instruction on the schedule. This includes reading the notes and watching all relevant videos.
  2. Read all assigned material, including textbook and handouts.
  3. Pass tests and final exam. Students are responsible for making prior arrangements with the instructor for make-up tests! QUIZZES and Labs cannot be made up.
  4. Complete all assignments and projects on time! Prior arrangements should be made if an assignment is going to be turned in late.
  5. You are more than welcome to help each other on projects, but copying is not acceptable. Any indication of copying or cheating on quizzes or exams will result in a failing score and disciplinary action in accordance with district policy.
Clean Language Policy:
You will be turning in a number of web pages throughout the semester, as well as a large final project at the end of the semester. Please use language and graphics appropriate to a classroom setting. Failure to comply will result in a zero on that assignment. If your material is borderline or questionable, simply don't risk it.
If you fail to participate in the class (i.e. don't turn in homework) you will be dropped from the class.
Method of Evaluation:
AssignmentsPoints Point SpreadGrade
Homework 200 pt 90% - 100% A
    80% - 89% B
Project 30 pt 70% - 79% C
60% - 69% D
Total 230 pt 0% - 59% F
Homework Assignments:
All assignments are posted on my web site along with any notes and handouts. You are expected to follow the schedule and turn the assignments in on time. All assignment will be turned in by submitting them through the form on my website. Please note that they must be turned in ON TIME. The submission program will automatically deduct 1 POINT per day that the assignment is late. If you wait too long to turn in an assignment it may no longer have any point value left.
Late Work -- What to do:
  • Homework assignments all have a definite due date. You may turn the Homework assignments in late, but you will lose 1 point per day it is late until it totals out to zero. If you know you are going to be out of town on the due date, turn it in early. The due dates will not be 'surprises'. They will be clearly visible right from the start of the semester. Check the schedule. You are responsible for you own work and time management.
  • Final/Final Project: The due date for the final will also be clearly visible right from the start of the semester. If you cannot take it on the assigned date you MUST INFORM ME BEFORE the date of the test.
A class schedule for the individual lectures and assignments is available on my web site. The schedule will also list tests, quizzes, notes, reading assignments, graded assignments and class examples. Please check the schedule at least once a week. Please note that the schedule is not written in stone and may change throughout the semester. You are responsible for keeping track of these changes. My web page is the best place to look for any class announcements.

Throughout the semester you will be emailing me with questions. Keep in mind that I teach other classes, and receive a lot of email throughout the semester. Make certain that all your email starts with this subject line:


Also, please sign your name to your email!!!! Many people forget to do this; and I have no way of knowing that is really Mary Jones. Even if your email address has your name mentioned in it, please sign it still. could be Mary Jones or Mark Jones.

Communication Policy

My preferred method of communication is through email. My office phone is (484-8098) but you'll get a much faster response from me if you email me directly at the email listed at the top of the syllabus. (I dislike talking on the phone.) I will generally email you back within 24 hours of receiving your message (I check my messages several times a days so the response is typically much faster than that). Please note that when emailing me I prefer not to get 'text' spelling as in LOL, OMG or TTYL. Spell the words all the way out. I don't understand the majority of the abbreviations and will most likely just hit random keys on my keyboard and send that back to you.

You can also come see me during my office hours if you need to speak with me or want help with your assignments. Don't wait until the last moment to ask for help -- come seem as soon as you get stuck!

I don't require a forum or bulletin board for this class. However, if enough of you are interested in having one, I'll be happy to turn on the bulletin board on my web site for you. Email me if this of interest to you.
Web Site Orientation Material:
There are notes on the Orientation on my web site. Please refer to it to learn how to submit your homework and check your grades. If you don't understand something, please ask me.

Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability and who require instructional, curricular, or test accommodations are responsible for making such needs known to the instructor as early as possible. Every possible effort will be made to accommodate students in a timely and confidential manner. Individuals who request accommodations must be registered with the Office of Disabled Students Programs and Services, which authorizes accommodations for students with disabilities.

Contact the office by phone: 916.484.8382, email:, or video phone: 916.484.8798, on Monday, Thursday, or Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on Tuesday and Wednesday during the extended hours between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Academic Honesty/Independent Work Policy
Academic honesty is expected and required. All work shall be done individually and sharing of files is not allowed. Students ARE encouraged to discuss skill techniques and problem solving strategies with each other. Students MAY help each other in determining the steps required in an assignment but MAY NOT share files. A student must not copy another student’s work or import work from another student and turn it in as their own. If you allow another student to copy your work, you are subject to the same discipline procedures as the person who copies it. If any dishonesty occurs on an assignment or exam, a grade of zero will be assigned to the applicable parties. The matter will also be referred to the Business & Computer Science Division Dean and the Campus Discipline Officer for appropriate action.