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Course ID: ART112
Title: Two-Dimensional Design
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10971

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Art Supplies Required:

  • Rubber cement
  • Rubber cement pickup eraser
  • X-Acto knife with #11 blade
  • 18" ruler
  • Scissors
  • 8"X10" Layout Bond Pad (made for a variety of media) or 9" X 12" Layout Bond Pad cut down to 8" X 10" size
  • Colored construction paper
  • Patterned paper or Scrapbooking paper
  • Fine point gel pen or fine point Sharpie© marker
  • Colored pencils
  • Wide point felt tip pen
  • India ink or Plaka
  • Brush #8 for ink application
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Masking tape 3/4"

Required Textbook:

Title: Design Basics
ISBN: 9781111353988
Edition\Version: 8th
Authors: David A. Lauer/Stephen Pentak
Publisher\Company:Wadsworth Cengage Learning


The publisher for the textbook used in this course, Design Basics by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak, offers supplementary materials in the form of “Web site Access” or an “Interactive e-Book.” Be assured that it is not necessary or even recommended that you purchase this extra material in order to be successful in this course. The course is designed with ample materials, and this additional purchase will not necessarily assist you in any way.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Study of fundamental elements and principles of two-dimensional design.
Official Course Prerequisites
Official Course Competencies
  1. Describe the foundations, structure and function of design.
  2. Trace the historical background of design.
  3. Explain the relationship of aesthetics to design.
  4. Apply design principles and elements in an original composition.
  5. Explain and use methods of presenting one's own work.

Course Requirements

  1. You must complete all assignments in the course to get a passing grade.
  2. Exam: There is one exam (a final). This exam may be taken online at home, but there a time limit and it is closed book.
  3. Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

NOTE: You must earn a minimum score of 60% on the final exam in order to pass the course. You must also complete the research report in order to pass the course.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure
There are 480 possible points for this course:
9 assignments = 330 Points
Research Paper (required) = 50 Points
Final Exam = 100 Points
Total = 480 Points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, the final exam, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

432 - 480 points = A (90% - 100%)
384 - 431 points = B (80% - 89%)
336 - 383 points = C (70% - 79%)
288 - 335 points = D (60% - 69%)
0 - 287 points = F (0% - 59%)

Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed at the end of each lesson under the "Reading Assignment" and "Assessing Your Learning" headings. The lessons can be accessed from the "Lessons" link on your Course Homepage.

For the submission of the nine original art assignments, you must either drop off your work at the college or send your work via US Mail, as described below:

Distance Learning Drive-thru Drop Box

Distance Learning students can now drop off class assignments (in an appropriately addressed envelope) and return library books, videotapes and/or cassettes at the Distance Learning Drive-thru Drop Box.

The Drive-thru Drop Box is conveniently located along the curb in front of our Rio Salado Administrative office building at 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe.

Mailed Assignments

All mailed assignments must be properly addressed and mailed with adequate postage. Assignments will not be accepted if postage is due. If you are unsure of the postage required, take the item to the post office and have it weighed.

Your assignments are to be mailed in properly sized envelopes so that your artwork is delivered flat. Do not fold or cut your precious artwork!

Include the course section number and assignment identifier on the envelope below your name and return address. Envelopes that are labeled incorrectly can cause a delay in processing your work. Address your envelope as shown in this example:


Your Name: Jane Q. Doe

Your Address: 1234 Anywhere Street, Anytown, AZ

Course and Section Numbers: ART 112, Section

Assignment Identifies: Project One


The Course Support Office

Rio Salado College

PO Box 63310

Phoenix, AZ 85082-3310

Attn: (Write your instructor's name here)

Your section number is the four-digit number that appears in the course schedule next to the course number. It also appears on your bill and on the address label on the envelopes you receive from the Course Support Office.

The Course Support staff cannot answer questions about the receipt of specific mail-in assignments. Only your instructor can do so.

Note to Students: Please do not submit more than one assignment in each envelope except for Lessons 5 and 6.

Note to Students: The US Post Office no longer offers Sunday or holiday mail posting, and pick-up does not automatically mean that your envelope will be posted the same day. To be on the safe side, allow extra time: mail early.

Attachment to a Rio Email Message

  1. Open your Rio e-mail account by clicking on the "e-mail" button.
  2. Click on "New / Message" at the top of your Inbox.
  3. Enter your instructor's name in the "to" field and your name and assignment number in the "subject" field.
  4. Type the following information in the body of the e-mail
    • Your Full Name
    • Your student ID number
    • Lab assignment number
    • The software program and version you used to complete the assignment
  5. Click on "Attachments"
  6. Click on "Browse" under 'Choose a file to attach' and select your filename, then click "Attach." You will see your filename in the 'Current file attachments' box.
  7. Click "Close," then "Send" to send the message and attachment.
  8. You can see your sent message by clicking on the "Sent Items" folder.
Note to students: Keep a copy of everything you submit.


A final exam is required for the course. It will be an at-home, online exam that will be timed. Your course materials will give specific information about this exam and make suggestions for test preparation. The course calendar lists the specific week during which you should take the exam.


  1. You must complete the final exam by the date specified on the course calendar. If you submit your test late, your instructor may lower your grade or assign you an "F" in the course unless you have made arrangements with him/her for an extension.
  2. You may take your final exam early if you have completed the assignments ahead of schedule and you have your instructor's permission to do so.

Hints for Success

Organization of one's time is very personal; however, below is a suggestion for a typical week.

Monday: Review the lesson and make note of any questions you have for your instructor. Read the assigned chapter(s) in your text.

Tuesday: Outline the chapter.

Wednesday: Review the previous day's reading and make notes from which to study. Think about the project assignment and sketch out your ideas.

Thursday: Work on the assignment and follow all assignment criteria.

Friday: Finish assignment by due date. Send your assignment (project and/or essay) to your instructor via Rio Salado College's e-mail communication system or by US Post.

Weekend: Relax and enjoy.

Active Reading

To help you read with maximum efficiency, use the steps outlined below. Using this process for reading your text will increase your interest and help you concentrate on critical ideas and concepts.

  • Survey the chapter before reading it.
  • Examine the title of the chapter.
  • Note headings and subheadings and the relationships among them.
  • Read captions under the diagrams, graphs, and visuals.
  • Note any questions that come to mind during the survey.
  • Take notes: After reading each section in the chapter, write a summary in your own words.
  • Using flash cards, write down each key word with its definition and an example utilized in the text.
  • Review after you read.
  • Review your notes.
  • Review your answers to the companion questions.
  • Review key terms.

Learning First: the assessment philosophy of Rio Salado College. Rio Salado College focuses on assessment-directed improvement for increasing student learning and improving the teaching and learning process. We believe that 1) learning is the primary purpose of assessment, 2) assessment should lead to improvement and not be an end unto itself, and 3) that faculty and students who understand the value of assessment and participate in assessment activities benefit most from this work. Therefore, the college expects every individual to participate fully in this effort.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F)-awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-The Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting or by calling Student Enrollment Services at 480.517.8540 (1.800.729.1197 toll-free). In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z)-This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

    To receive Credit "P" grade, students must complete all course work, including exams, and attend all required meetings. A "P" grade is judged to be equivalent to a grade of "C" or higher. A No-Credit "Z" grade will be awarded for course work judged to be below the grade of "C."

    To change your grade option, you have 11 days from the start date of your course. As the student, you may change your grade option yourself by following these easy steps:

    Step 1 Log into your course

    Step 2 Go to your gradebook

    Step 3 During the timeframe that you have to request a grade type change you will see a link that is called "Change Grade Option" at the top of your gradebook. Click on that link and follow the directions to change your grade to the Pass/No-Credit Option.

    It is the student's responsibility to request advisement concerning the transferability of a grade of "P" or "Z."

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,, Thinkstock, EBSCO Image Collection.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via RioLearn prior to or on the due date. You can request a due date change from the "Request a Change" link in the "Assessments and Due Dates" section of your Course Homepage.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Extra Credit

Policy Regarding Extra Credit

There are no extra credit assignments for this course and no paper rewrites are allowed in fairness to all. The scheduled assignments and exams are more than sufficient to measure your understanding of the content and concepts presented in the course. You will have a greater understanding of the subjects covered if you put your efforts into these assignments and exams, rather than scattering your energy over a greater number of projects. What we want to achieve is quality, not quantity.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

If a student falls behind, she/he must contact the instructor and request an extension of her/his end date in order to complete the course.

It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.

Departmental Plagiarism Statement

Any plagiarized paper will receive a grade of zero with no opportunity for a rewrite! What is plagiarism? Defined briefly, plagiarism is using another's words and passing them off as your own. Defined in more detail, plagiarism is the use of another's words whereby appropriate quotation marks and source citations are not used for documentation. Plagiarism can involve phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or essays taken wholly or in part from another written source. This includes any Internet site! It can be disguised by shifting the word order or the word form of the original source. Students will receive zero credit for any assignment that is found to be plagiarized and will risk course failure. If one written submission is severely plagiarized, course failure may be immediate.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at (480) 517-8562 or


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