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SAS 145 Digital Communications in Agricultural, Environmental, and Human Sciences

SAS 145 Digital Communications in Agricultural, Environmental, and Human Sciences

(taught as SAS 190X in Fall 2017)

Course Objectives/Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Converse with key advisors in your academic field of study
  • Describe the value of your selected academic field of study
  • Recognize appropriate multimedia strategies to effectively communicate
  • Become aware of Creative Commons licenses and the appropriate use of sources
  • Produce a media-rich video to effectively convey an intended message

Instructional Strategies:

The instructional strategy for this course is highly interactive and student-centered. The course consists of a mixture of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and hands-on interactive activities. To ensure appropriate student support in this active learning environment, the course is taught by two instructors to assist students as needed with navigating technologies and reaching academic success.

  • The UC Davis Canvas course management system is used to post assignments, course content, and grades. It is expected that students regularly check their UC Davis email and have appropriate software and hardware to fully participate in class. Canvas and email are the primary modes of communication outside of class time.
  • If a student experiences initial academic difficulty on the first graded assignment, please meet with course instructors to discuss the work and suggest strategies to assist with your academic success.

Grading: Letter grade only

Scale Grade Description
485 – 500
484 – 470
469 – 
Advanced, exceeds standards
449 – 435
434 – 420
419 – 400
Meets standards
399 – 385
384 – 370
360 – 350
Partially proficient
349 – 300 D Not proficient
<299 F Failed 

Faculty Expectations and Policies

  • Attendance: Class attendance and participation is essential for success. When you are absent, it is your responsibility to clarify missed assignments with classmates or with course instructors prior to the next class.
  • Late Work: Your success in this class is important to us. Turning in assignments on time ensures you will not fall behind. Please speak with course instructors early to resolve any problems you encounter. Five points will be deducted for each day that an assignment is overdue.
  • Tests: Make-up tests must be taken within a week. Arrangements will be made with the Campus Testing Center to administer this test.

Academic Honesty:

  • Plagiarism is the use of another person’s words or ideas without crediting that person. Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated and may lead to failure on an assignment, in the class, and dismissal from the University. View the campus policy on Code of Academic Conduct athttp://sja.ucdavis.edu/cac.html.
  • Students are responsible for being attentive to and observant of campus policies about academic honesty as stated in the University’s Code of Academic Conduct, Responsibility of Students.
  • If you know academic dishonesty is happening, please bring it to the attention of the instructors immediately.


  • Turn off cell phones during class. Adherence to the Student Code of Conduct is expected.
  • Our commitment is to create a climate for learning characterized by intellectual diversity and a respect for each other and the contributions each person makes to class. We ask that you make a similar commitment.
  • It is vitally important that our classroom environment promote the respectful exchange of ideas. This entails being sensitive to the views and beliefs expressed during class discussions.

Access, Disability, Communication:

  • Students requiring academic accommodations should meet with us during office hours so that we can discuss how to meet your needs. Prior to our meeting, be sure you have met with someone in the Student Disability Center: https://sdc.ucdavis.edu/.

Please make an appointment to discuss with the course instructors any requests for exceptions to these policies.

Disclaimer:This is a plan for the quarter; details may change as class needs develop.

Calendar of Assignments/Due Dates: (Five points will be deducted for each day that an assignment is overdue).

Week / Date In Class Assignment Due Date
Wk 1

September 29 & October 2

Introductions to Course and Classmates

Viewing of Sample Video Types

Elements of an Effective Video

Production Scheduling Logistics

Your Canvas Course Site

Assignments Due Next Week

Complete the course Orientation Module, including the Orientation Quiz (10 pts).

Video research (What are other universities/organizations doing? Give 5 links and rate them (#1 being best). Briefly explain why you rated them the way you did? What was good/not so good about the video. Post your links and comments in the Canvas Course Discussions area. (20 pts)

 Oct. 2
Wk 2

October 6 & 9

View and discuss Video research Projects

The Video Script and Storyboard

Interview requirements

Review of Student Video Introductions

Guest Lecturer: Steve Oerding, Graphic Designer, ATS

Create first draft of video storyboard and script with narration and interview questions. Identify who you will seek to interview.


Introduce yourself in canvas discussions using the video and audio feature. (10 pts)

 Oct. 9
Wk 3

October 13 & 16

Peer Feedback on Video Storyboards

The Narration Script

Scripting in Class

Obtaining Media Assets and Creative Commons

Guest Lecturer: Alesia McManus, Environmental Sciences Librarian, Shields Library, 388.

Continue working on storyboard and narration script rough drafts.

Citing your sources quiz (10 pts.)

 Oct. 16
Wk 4

October 20 & 23


  • Peer Feedback on Video Scripts and storyboards
  • Final Scripting in Class


  • Technology Training
  • Video composition, lighting, sound, camera, file types.
  • Guest Lecturer: Jeremy Poulos, Video Producer/Director, ATS
Monday: Storyboard Due

Storyboard/Script final draft (2 minutes or less) (50 pts). Bring final printed copy to class.

Oct. 23
Wk 5

October 27 & 30


  • Sharing of Technology Experience. Trouble shooting, successes, challanges. Production time.


  • Video Editing Training
  • In-Class Interviewing

Guest Speaker: Kayce Mastrup, ATS Instructional Design Assistant, PhD Student, iMovie Training.

iMovie Tutorial Guide (docx)
Wk 6

November 3 & 6

Monday and Friday: Video Production

Meet at Surge II, ATS Video Studio (allow enough time to find the location and arrive on time)

Wk 7

November 10 & 13

Sharing and review of video rough draft No class Friday November 10. 

Video rough draft (100 pts)

Provide the link from your UCD YouTube account to your draft video via this document.

Nov. 13
Wk 8

November 17 & 20

Post production work in class
Wk 9

November 24 & 27


Post production in class.

Final Video Due Nov. 27

Monday Nov. 21 Video final draft (200 pts) 

Provide the link from your UCD YouTube account to your final draft video via this document.

No Class Friday November 24.

Nov. 27
Wk 10

December 1 & 4

Monday: In-class production

Friday, December 8: Film Festival

Presentation of Video at the Film Festival (100 pts) Plant Environmental Science 3001, 3:10pm Dec. 8