COURSE TITLE:  COM 3210-002 Television Production


TERM: Spring 2005, Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of studio and remote TV production. Students will be expected to produce in small groups Final Projects combining all fundamentals learned in class – scriptwriting, single and multi-camera operation, lighting, audio, computer based digital editing, and studio hardware operation. There will be a final examination to assess the students’ knowledge of the TV production process.


INSTRUCTOR: Mark A. Hauck, SAC 235. Contact: (on campus) ext. 9-7888, (off campus) 610.519.7888, cell phone 610.772.0972, or






TEXTBOOK: (optional) Zettl, Herbert (2001). Video Basics 3 (3rd Ed.) Wadsworth.


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Excellent class attendance is a must! A majority of the class activities are team oriented, so missing class may compromise the performance of other students. The instructor recognizes that extenuating circumstances do arise. Here is what is required of students in this class:


1st absence requires a phone call or email in advance of class to be considered excused. Failure to properly notify the instructor will be marked as an unexcused absence.


2nd absence (see above)


3rd absence and beyond will require a phone call or email in advance of class PLUS documentation verifying the reason for the absence. Students must meet both conditions to be marked as excused. Failure to notify the instructor or to provide documentation will be considered an unexcused absence.


Each unexcused absence will result in a 10 point deduction from the student’s attendance/class participation grade. Repeated tardiness will also result in point deductions. Deduction amounts are at the discretion of the instructor in this event.


Varsity athletes will be required to submit official forms signed by their respective coaches in the event of travel. Verifiable documentation of an extenuating circumstance must be provided if a student misses a Final Project in-studio taping. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the entire Final Project.


The instructor will notify students via email in the event that he must cancel class due to inclement weather, illness, or any other extenuating circumstance.


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND GRADING POLICY: see the VU Student Handbook 2003-2004 pg. 66-70 for a description of what is expected of students.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES NOTICE: It is the policy of the University to make reasonable academic accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are a student with a disability please contact the instructor after class or during office hours and make arrangements to register with the Learning Support Office by contacting 610-519-5636 or as soon as possible. Registration is needed in order to receive accommodations.

GRADING PROCEDURE: The students’ grades will be based on the following:


Attendance/class participation   = 50 pts.          20%

Camera Exercises                                 = 50 pts.          20%

Final Project                                         = 100 pts.        40%

Final Exam                                           = 50 pts.          20%


GRADING SCALE (%): A = 95-100; A- = 90-94; B+ = 87-89; B = 83-86; B- = 80-82;

C+ = 77-79; C = 73-76; C- = 70-72; D+ = 67-69; D = 63-66; D- = 60-62; F = below 60







1/19 wk 1 

Pre-production: scripting


1/26 wk 2

Pre-production: scripting


2/2 wk 3

Single camera production: camcorder operation, lighting and sound. Camera Exercise 1


2/9 wk 4 

Single camera production: Camera Exercise 2


2/16 wk 5 

Single camera production exercise: Camera Exercise 3


2/23 wk 6

Post production: editing


3/2 wk 7

Post production: editing. Final Project first drafts due




3/16 wk 8

Review Camera Exercise 2 and 3. Script conferences.


3/23 wk 9

In-studio production exercise


3/30 wk 10

In-studio production exercise


4/6  wk 11

Review In-studio production exercises


4/13 wk 12

Production Final Projects (studio segments)


4/20 wk 13

Production Final Projects (studio segments)


4/27 wk 14

Production Final Project (studio segments)


The Final Exam will be a “take home” type exam and will be posted during week 14. The class will meet during Finals week to hand in exams and review all Final projects. Time and location TBA