COURSE TITLE:COM 3250-001 Advanced Television Production


TERM: Spring 2005, Tuesdays 10:00-12:30 PM


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This hands-on course will build upon skills learned in COM 3210. Students in this class will take part in the production of four installments of 800 Lancaster to be broadcast on VTV. Students will have the opportunity to act in any or all of the following positions: host, producer, director, writer, camera operator, editor, and tech crew. The strategy is to duplicate the process of producing a truly professional looking broadcast program. The class will be conducted more as a team-directed endeavor with students assuming more personal responsibility that in COM 3210.


INSTRUCTOR: Mark A. Hauck, SAC 235, (on campus) x97888; (off campus) 610.519.7888; cell phone 610.772.0972; or e-mail






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 studentís 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 scheduled 800 Lancaster show taping. Failure to do so will result in a 10 point deduction from the studentís attendance/class participation grade.


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 studentsí grades will be based on the following:


Attendance/Class Participation †††††††††††† = 50 pts.††††††††† 25%††††

Feature 1 †††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† = 50 pts.††††††††† 25%††††

Feature 2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† = 50 pts†††††††††† 25%

Feature 3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† = 50 pts.††††††††† 25%



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





1/18 WK 1

Syllabus review. Review of past 800 Lancaster shows. Hardware assessment.
Group assignments.


1/25 WK 2

Review advanced microphone hardware. Shoot and edit MITS in assigned groups.


2/1 WK 3

Shoot and edit MITS in assigned groups

Prep for Show 1


2/8 WK 4

Tape Show 1.

2/15 WK 5

Review Show 1. Show 2 outlines due. Prep Show 2.




2/22 WK 6

Shoot and edit practice MITS using advanced mic hardware.


2/24 WK 7

Tape Show 2. Assign Show 3 groups.




3/15 WK 8

Review Show 2. Show 3 outlines due. Prep Show 3.


3/22 WK 9

Shoot ďA Day in the LifeĒ features for Show 3.


3/29 WK 10

Edit ďA Day in the LifeĒ features. Show 4 outlines due.


4/5 WK 11

Tape Show 3.


4/12 WK 12

Review Show 3. Prep Show 4.


4/19 WK 13

Tape Show 4.


4/26 WK 14

Review Show 4.