Syllabus

 
OHHS Career and Technical Education Department
Course Syllabus



Course Name: Wildcat TV Productions (formerly Broadcast Communications) 
Course Code(s): CTO132 

Year-long course — 180 hours (1.0 credit)

Course Description: Students in Broadcast Communications become the main production team for Wildcat TV, our full time cable television channel. Writing, designing, staging, engineering, filming, performing and directing are all skills to develop in this year-long class. In addition, students learn proper use of audio and video equipment, media history, media marketing and teamwork skills. They also get lots of hands-on production experience in our new TV studio. Hard work is expected and creativity is encouraged.
 
Prerequisites 
None. Good writing and storytelling skills are recommended but not required. 

Course Resources 
Recording materials. No textbook. Technical manuals, training videos and sample material accompany classroom instruction. Video cameras and production equipment is available for checkout. Design software, music libraries, MS Word, writing stylebooks, dictionaries and thesaurus are also available.  

Tech-Prep Credit
Completion of the course with a grade of “B” or better qualifies for credits from Skagit Valley College.

Course Outline/Instructional Units: 
Introduction
Brief history of television, basic terminology, studio layout and equipment, safety. 

Tell the story
Elements of good storytelling, Why should the audience care? Interview techniques will be explored.  Assignment: Conduct studio interview.

In-studio production
Students will form teams to plan, organize, edit, manage, and produce a daily live-to-tape news show for broadcast and online use. They will provide an in-school news and information platform for the rest of the school.

School activity video
Production of a news feature based around a school activity, class, person or event.

Community video
Students will produce at least one video feature about an activity, business, event or person in the community during the year.

Holiday video
Students will create a video piece specific to one of the following holidays — Halloween, winter holidays, Veteran’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Martin Luther King Day. 


Intros, Bumpers and Birthdays
Students will create a variety of short show introductions, special event promos and birthday segments for broadcast during the Video Daily Bulletin.

Location Crew Project (to be completed sometime during the year)
Work on a production crew filming a live event  in the school district. Learn equipment use and challenges of live production. Successful completion equals 10 points. It must include set up and tear-down time as well as filming.

Miscellaneous Projects
These are projects that will crop up during the year based on current events.

Major Assessments: 
Daily Productivity (working in class)
Completed project evaluations
Rotation through production positions (director, mixer, audio, writer, actor, etc.) 
Peer evaluations
Meeting deadlines

Grading rubrics are posted.



WEIGHTED GRADES
Class participation (weekly effort)    40%
Required assignments                        30%
Crew Project                                      10%
Production log                                   10%

Extra credit can be earned by doing multiple crew projects, helping others in the classroom and/or by putting in extra time beyond the school day to work on projects.

 “A” STUDENTS GENERALLY DO THE FOLLOWING
• Make every effort to do all the assigned work well and in a timely manner.
• Use equipment and resources wisely.
• Demonstrate interest and enthusiasm.
• Care about what you do.
• Volunteer for extra credit projects.
• Be courteous and helpful to others.

Re-Do Policy
Assessments are eligible for redo up to 100%, except Final.	
Students are eligible to redo assessments when key supporting assignments are complete.  Key assignments provide evidence that students are ready to show mastery of a standard
•	Students are eligible to redo key assignments as long as they have excused absences.
•	There are assignments that may not be redone because they do not bear enough weight or the learning target for that assignment will be measured on another larger assignment. 
LATE WORK: 
Late work can be submitted up to three weeks past the due date for partial credit. 

Participation/Attendance - Overall participation in the course will be reflected in quality of completed projects. Students are advised to use time wisely and not rush production. The teacher expects that any absence from class will be made up outside of regular class time.

Extra Help – The teacher will provide information regarding tutoring in classroom procedures. Students are encouraged to take advantage of tutoring opportunities.  The instructor will be available in the classroom after school most days until about 5 p.m.. Students are encouraged to take advantage of extra production time and one-on-one help if needed.

Equipment use – Video equipment is available for overnight checkout to all students. Students and/or their parents are financially responsible for all school equipment while in their care so they should practice safety measures learned in class.  Students are also expected to return all equipment on the next school day so that others may use it. Requests for checkout should be made to the teacher at least two days in advance.

OHHS PLAGIARISM POLICY:
Any student, who knowingly turns in any work that has been done by someone other than himself or herself, and fraudulently represents it as his/her own, shall be considered to have cheated. Cheating also includes: aiding someone else in cheating, the use or preparation of written, pictorial, electronic or other materials not authorized by the instructor during a test or assignment, the use of testing materials obtained previous to the test date, or plagiarism of any kind. Students found cheating will also be subject to an office referral, which could result in a suspension.  As an effort based school, students who have plagiarized/cheated must still demonstrate their learning. Thus, students will be given the opportunity to complete the work. This will fall under the “Late Work Policy” of the teacher where total possible points may be reduced.