Photography II (Journalism Emphasis)

COMM 1319

Updated January 05, 2011

  • State Approval Code: 5006055226
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 96

Catalog Description

Photography II extends the students’ knowledge of technique and guides them in developing personal outlooks toward specific applications of the photographic process. (This course is cross-listed with fine arts emphasis as ARTS 2357 with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.) Lecture hours = 3, Lab hours = 3


Photography I, its equivalent or permission from the instructor.

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking

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.

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 foster an awareness of opportunities for professional and creative expression through the practice and art of photography.
  •  To recognize foundation principles of good design in photography.
  •  To develop an individual style in photographic expression.
  •  To further awareness of photography’s importance in history and society.

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.
  •  Research and write about a historically significant photographer.
  •  Learn specific techniques for shooting a variety of photographic images.
  •  Learn specific PhotoShop techniques to enhance photographic images electronically.
  •  Produce a creative photograph to be exhibited in the end-of-semester display.
  •  Create an e-portfolio or PowerPoint presentation of the best of the semester’s work.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Students in Photography II will be required to do the following:
  •  Read assigned chapters in the text.
  •  Take quizzes, as assigned.
  •  Complete assigned reports on specific photographers or styles of photography.
  •  Watch assigned video presentations and write summary reports on the presentations.
  •  Create a final e-portfolio or PowerPoint presentation of assigned work.
  •  Produce a creative photography for exhibit.
  •  Pass a final, comprehensive exam on all course content.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

The course is offered in the traditional classroom for lectures, discussions and audiovisual presentations.


Assessment will include chapter quizzes, reports, assigned photographs and a final exam. Students will also be graded on class attendance and participation.
The grading scale for this course includes:
  •  Quizzes – 30% 4
  •  Portfolio – 30%
  •  Assignments – 20%
  •  Attendance/Participation – 10%
  •  Final Exam – 10%

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

A Short Course in Photography, An Introduction to Photographic Technique, Sixth Edition, by Barbara London and Jim Stone. (Pearson, Prentice Hall Publishers, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Copyright 2006)
Complete Guide to Photography, by John Hedgecoe. (Collins & Brown Limited, Sterling Publishing Co., Copyright 2004)