CMS 2015: Visual Communication

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CMS 2015 Visual Communication is a core class in the Communication and Media Studies program at Clayton State University. Links to other sections of this syllabus can be found in the header menu as well as the “General Class Policies” menu, which both appear on each page of the syllabus.

Additional course materials, including a detailed schedule of the semester’s topics and due dates, are available to enrolled students through Desire2Learn.

This syllabus is still being updated for the Fall 2023 semester. Check this syllabus regularly to make sure that you have the most current information.

Section Information

  • CRN: 81464
  • Asynchronous Online

First Steps

Students must complete the first week’s assignments, which are listed in the Content section of our D2L course.

Required Texts and Materials

No textbook is required for this course; all materials are available for free.

Online activity will take place in Brightspace Desire2Learn (D2L), the virtual classroom for the course, and in Microsoft Teams.  Posting your work in D2L is a course requirement.

If the direct link to D2L does not work, you can also gain access by signing on to the SWAN portal.  New students, or those who would like a refresh on D2L features, can review the D2L Video Tutorials – For Students

For instructions on joining a Microsoft Teams meeting, see this brief introduction.

If you experience any difficulties in D2L or Teams, please email or call The HUB at or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, your SWAN username, the name of the course that you are attempting to access or Teams meeting, and your instructor’s name.

This course will utilize Adobe Creative Cloud Express. Students will create a free account to complete assignments in this course. To access Express, you will need an up-to-date version of the Safari, Edge, or Chrome web browser.

Contact Information

My contact information including office hours is collected on separate page.

Diversity and disability services

It is my intent that students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well served by this course, that students’ learning needs be addressed, and that the diversity that students bring to this class be viewed as a resource, strength and benefit. It is my intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity along multiple dimensions, including ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, and culture. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let me know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally or for other students or student groups.

Students with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Center, Edgewater Hall, Suite 255; 678-466-5445;