Technology, Media, and Communications

1.0 credit of Technology, Media and Communications courses are required for graduation.

The 21st Century Media, Cultural Communication and Rhetoric 0.5 credit course is required for all students.

Unless otherwise noted, each course is scheduled for one semester earning 0.5 credit in each semester.

Courses in Technology, Media, and Communications 2016-2017

21st Century Media, Cultural Communications and Rhetoric (Required)

This one-semester required course is generally taken in the sophomore year. Students in the music programs must fit this into their junior or senior year schedule.

This course is designed to challenge students to think critically and analyze verbal and non-verbal communication in the modern world. The students will learn to prepare and give formal public presentations. They will study and immerse themselves in media and will engage in a four-part media project that will incorporate public speaking, website creation, non-verbal communication, and video/sound recording/ editing.

Journalism

This one semester elective for juniors and seniors serves as an introduction to journalism. Students participate in a writing intensive course, and will also develop non-fiction reading skills and research skills. Materials include subscription to and regular reading of current magazines and newspapers as assigned. Units will cover journalism writing styles, editing, First Amendment issues, page design, multimedia issues and styles. Students should plan to become staff members of either the Cub Annual or Cub News.

Print and Multimedia Production (Yearbook)

Print and Multimedia Production is a hands-on production of the Cub Annual, U of D Jesuit's school yearbook. The course is designed for students who want an opportunity to explore art, writing, and technology in the 21st century.

Students will work as a team to choose and create all the elements that go into the yearbook including themes, layouts, editing and picture production.

This course is open to sophomores for 0.5 credit. and juniors and seniors for 1.0 credit

Life's Excercises: Building a Financial Future

NEW!! in 2016-2017

This 0.5 credit course is open to juniors and seniors. This course is designed for students who want to know, learn and experience the world of personal finance. The course is driven by the real experiences all teens and adults face, including: credit, debt, career, taxes, investing, insurance, money in relationships, and the power of giving.

Web Design

This course is available to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course is a thorough introduction to web design. Equal emphasis is placed on the technical and aesthetic aspects, so that students learn how to create a functional site but also how to make it attractive and usable for site visitors. The course will cover web page creation using HTML and "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" editors, visual design, content writing, and user testing.

The course teachers the material through the hands-on creation of several websites, including a personal one for each student and a website for a U of D Jesuit extracurricular or team which the student must update throughout the semester.

Game Development

This course is a one-semester elective for sophomores and above. This course provides an introduction to programming in the context of game development. Students will work with an object-oriented language (currently C#) in a game engine (currently Unity 5). The course will explore the game industry, game design and development processes, and good programming practices. Students will design their own game throughout the semester and develop it as a final project.

Computer Support and Networking

This course is a 0.5 credit elective for sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course teaches basic computer support skills and an introduction to computer networking. This course is delivered through a mixture of classroom instruction, project based learning and through the opportunity to provide technology support to students and faculty. The course teaches the use and support of personal technology including device selection, basic hardware maintenance, software installation, software maintenance and upgrading, basic software support, basic security, Audio/Visual (A/V) setup, and device networking with a focus on wireless networking.

Important: Students taking this course in the Fall semester are required to attend a week-long orientation session (8:30am - 12:30pm) scheduled in the early summer.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Introduction to Computer Science

This course is a one-semester elective for juniors and seniors. It is an introduction to programming techniques in the Java programming language. Students will learn about variables and constants, expressions, algorithms, conditional branching, looping structures, and arrays, along with the basics of classes and object-oriented programming. Students who earn an A or B in this course may continue, with the instructor's permission, with the AP Computer Science course in the second semester.

A.P. Computer Science

This course is an intensive follow-up to the introductory course. Students will go much deeper into the Java language in preparation for the AP Computer Science A test, gaining greater depth in object-oriented programming and algorithms, exploring inheritance, interfaces, arrays, recursion, complexity, searching, sorting, and analysis. Combined with the Introduction course, this course is the equivalent of a first-semester college course.

The course includes significant practice for the AP exam and prepares students for the AP Computer Science A exam; many colleges award one semester of computer science credit for passing scores on this test.

Prerequisite: B or higher in Introduction to Computer Science and teacher recommendation.

Introduction to Engineering and CAD I

This course is a one-semester elective for juniors and seniors. It is an introduction to several areas in the field of engineering: Computer Aided Design (CAD), taught through CATIA; programming in both textual and graphical languages; and basic principles of mechanical design including rigid structures and gear ratios. The University of Detroit Mercy grants 1 credit hour for the CATIA portion of the class.

Introduction to Engineering and CAD II

This course is a one-semester elective for juniors and seniors. It is an introduction to several areas in the field of engineering: Computer Aided Design (CAD), taught through CATIA; programming in both textual and graphical languages; and basic principles of mechanical design including rigid structures and gear ratios. The University of Detroit Mercy grants 1 credit hour for the CATIA portion of the class.

Introduction to Engineering and CAD I is a prerequisite to this class.