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Course Details

Course Code: DSIN241 Course ID: 2620 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the process of designing, developing, and deploying text and graphics in the industry standard vector graphics software application, Adobe Illustrator CS5 or higher. Students will develop illustrations that take advantage of the broad set of tools, effects, and attributes available in Illustrator. They will learn to edit existing vector graphics files, and how to structure and mange vector graphics files for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. They will learn to format files for use in other applications and for output to a variety of imaging devices. Students must have access to Adobe Illustrator CS5 or higher software.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • Identify fundamental terms associated with Adobe Illustrator.
  • Explain the essential elements in Adobe Illustrator.
  • Apply the use of Adobe Illustrator drawing tools.
  • Create and formatting text.
  • Organize vector illustrations with layers.
  • Use effects, styles and transparency tools.
  • Use advanced blending techniques, including Gradient Mesh.

Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. While the number of contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need, the University requires periodic weekly contacts during the semester. Contact will consist of professor notes, forum interaction, and email feedback. The method of discussion will be on-line related to issues concerning forum assignments, quizzes, assignments, the midterm project and final project.

Review the assigned textbook and support materials for this course! Review the table at the end of the syllabus to see assigned readings for each week.


The projects for this course are located throughout each Lesson. The projects that are required for grading with this course are created from scratch.


The weekly assignments will make up the core of the grade for this course. It will comprise mostly of questions and projects from the course text books. They will also consist of working through sample HTML, XML, and XHTML Web pages using the step-by-step guides in the reading material. The assignments are designed to give students hands on practice in designing Web pages with HTML, XML, and XHTML.


The Forum assignments for this course are designed to promote interactivity among students and enhance the online learning process. The Forum provides maximum flexibility because you do not have to be online at the same time as another person and you can read what other students have written.

Forum Timing: For the forum, you must post your work by midnight on Thursday, continue to follow your classmates' posts for the remainder of the week, and post the follow-up peer responses prior to midnight on Sunday, except for week one. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate's opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.

Required Participation: Please keep in mind that the forum assignments require you to make at least 1 post to the forum with at least 250 words about the topic and also respond to at least 2 peers’ posts with at least 150 words. Please be advised that there will be point deductions if you do not comply with these requirements of the assignment. Each one of you will have a different and unique experience that we can all learn from. Your participation in the Forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week; this provides time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue. For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name. I will read and grade your participation by reading the forum. There is no need to also post your forum work in the assignments area of the classroom. Refer to the forum and the syllabus for more details on grading.


The Midterm Project requires you to use your knowledge gained from Weeks 1-4 and apply what you’ve learned thus far in the course.

The Final Project requires you to use your knowledge gained through-out the course apply what you learned.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Assignment-1: WK2 Project 6.00 %
Assignment-2:WK3 Project 6.00 %
Assignment-4:WK5 Projects 6.00 %
Assignment-5:WK6 Project 6.00 %
Assignment-6:WK7 Projects 6.00 %
Midterm 20.00 %
Mid-term Exam 10.00 %
Assignment-3: WK4 Midterm Project 10.00 %
Week-8 Final Project 20.00 %
Assignment-7:WK8 Final Project 20.00 %

Additional references are found in the Lessons Page of the classroom.

Book Title:DSIN241 - required software for this course is not covered by the APUS Book Grant. Purchase information is available here - Cost may vary by subscription length.
ISBN:DSIN241 Software
Electronic Unit Cost:$40.00
Book Title:Illustrator CS6 Basic, ACE Edition - e-book links provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:CLASS-Logical Operations
Author:Logical Operations
Unit Cost:$19.05
Electronic Unit Cost:$16.84
Book Title:Photoshop CS6: Basic, ACE Edition, Student Manual - e-book links provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:CLASS-Logical Operations
Author:Logical Operations
Unit Cost:$19.05
Electronic Unit Cost:$16.84

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.