Photography I (Journalism Emphasis)

COMM 1318

Updated January 05, 2011

  • State Approval Code: 5006055126
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 96

Catalog Description

Introduction to the basics of photography. Includes camera operation, techniques, knowledge of chemistry, and presentation skills. Emphasis on design, history, and contemporary trends as a means of developing an understanding of photographic aesthetics. (Cross-listed, with fine arts emphasis, as ARTS 2356) (5006055126) Lecture hours = 3, Lab hours = 3

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communications choices.
  • To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e. descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To understand and apply basic principles of proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news 4 media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

  •  To recognize the important role played by photography in the area of communication.
  •  To recognize the historical significance of photography.
  •  To stimulate an awareness of and a continuing interest in photography.
  •  To increase media literacy skills.
  •  To develop and continuously improve skills and knowledge related to photographic processes.

Specific Course Objectives

After studying the book, current events and multimedia presentations, students should be able to complete all behavioral/learning objectives listed below with a minimum competency of 70% on exams and quizzes.
  • Create photographs as assigned.
  • Operate a camera successfully in order to take a photograph that is focused and has adequate exposure.
  • Improve basic and creative photographic techniques.
  • Develop skills in presentation by compiling photographs into an e-portfolio or PowerPoint.
  • Recognize the importance of ethics regarding photography, especially in terms of journalism.
  • Develop an appreciate for photography as a means of capturing historically significant events.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Students in Photography I will be required to do the following:
  •  Read assigned chapters in the text.
  •  Take quizzes, as assigned.
  •  Complete assigned reports, short essays and photographic assignments.
  •  Watch assigned video presentations and write summary reports or take quizzes based on the video.
  •  Pass a final, comprehensive exam on all course content.
  •  Turn in a final e-portfolio or PowerPoint presentation of assignments.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

The course is offered in the traditional classroom for lectures, discussions and audiovisual presentations. The course is also offered online via the Canvas platform, with students required to submit a CD of the final e-portfolio or PowerPoint presentation.


Assessment will include chapter quizzes, reports, photographs and a final exam. Students will also be graded on class attendance and participation.
The grading scale for this course includes:
  •  Quizzes – 30%
  •  Assignments – 50%
  •  Attendance/Participation – 10%
  •  Final Exam – 10%

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Mastering Digital Photography, by David D. Busch. (Muska & Lipman Publishing, a division of Course Technology, Copyright 2004)