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Inst 5270 - Flash


This course familiarizes students with Macromedia Flash. Topics to be covered include fundamental programming concepts (variables, variable types, code re-use, commenting code, and basic control structures) in addition to the fundamentals of the flash environment (animation or "tweening", vector graphics, use of sound and video). Students finishing this course will have at least one completed fully functional Flash project for their portfolios demonstrating a strong knowledge of the tool and a good foundation in the ActionScript language as the tool and the language apply to instructional design.

Course Objectives:

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

  • create vector graphics using flash
  • create animations within flash
  • integrate media files (sound, graphics, video) with flash
  • export flash files to the web and for use with the stand-alone flash projector
  • use the ActionScript programming language
  • use basic programming constructs and principles
  • apply sound design principles to create effective learning resources


There are no required texts for this class.

Recommended Texts:

Reinhardt, R. & Dowd, S. (2006). Macromedia Flash 8 Bible . New York: Wiley Publishing. (print)

American Psychological Association Publication (2001). Manual of the American Psychological Association (5 th ed). American Psychological Association. ISBN: 1557987912

Recommended Software:

Option A: Flash 8 [Computer software]. (2005). Adobe. ($99 student/teacher version)

Option B: Studio 8 [Computer software]. (2005) Adobe. ($199 student/teacher version) Has Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Freehand (Mac and PC) and ColdFusion (PC only)

Option C:Download a free 30-day trial from

Option D: Use the licenses available for free in the PC Lab.

Note that you will need to have access to the Flash 8 software in order to complete the work for this class.


  • Completion of the work plan (20%)
  • Completion of the final project documentation (30%)
  • Completion of the final project (30%)
  • Completion of assignments (20%)

Evaluation Criteria:

Each separate assignment will have specified and supplied evaluation criteria. Throughout all assignments, however, timeliness will be crucial. In a "real" development environment, meeting the final project deadline requires that all interim deadlines be met. Missing even the smallest interim deadline can have a cascading effect that ultimately makes meeting the project deadline impossible. Therefore, in this project-based course, meeting assignment deadlines will be part of the evaluation criteria. Unless otherwise noted, your mark will be lowered by 10% for each 24-hour period in which an assignment is late. The same policy applies to all phases of the final project.

Group Work:

It is rare for development to occur in a vacuum; therefore group work is highly encouraged for the final project. This will force you to plan ahead for how you will structure your project and agree on some common conventions. Groups can be as small as two and as large as three people. I realize that many of you work full time and have busy schedules which make group work difficult (which is why this is optional) but you will benefit the most by working in teams. If you do your final project as a group, you will be responsible for a brief (one paragraph) report on the contributions made by each team member (including yourself).


Plagiarism includes knowingly "representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one's own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged used of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials." The penalties for plagiarism are severe.  They include warning or reprimand, grade adjustment, probation, suspension, expulsion, withholding of transcripts, denial or revocation of degrees, and referral to psychological counseling. I am fine with you borrowing materials for this class (and encourage it!), as long as you give the original author appropriate credit.

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