Course Syllabus

CS 71.11 - Adobe Illustrator
Sections 0699, 1829, 0702: Fall 2019 Course Syllabus

Welcome to CS 71.11 - Adobe Illustrator!
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A first day Welcome Announcement will be posted on our Canvas Home page. In general, I will be communicating via the Canvas Announcements on the Illustrator Canvas Home page, so please check there for updates weekly.

Course Description

This course covers the popular graphics software program Adobe Illustrator. Topics include the creation, modification and formatting of vector objects and type, importing/exporting graphics, live effects, and other Illustrator tools.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:
  1. Identify Illustrator interface elements.
  2. Construct documents utilizing basic vector shapes, text, and raster graphics.
  3. Determine the appropriate file format for various usages when saving and exporting Illustrator files.

Class Meetings

Depending on your Section #, you will be meeting online or in-person. Homework & Tests are all submitted online. Online students are welcome to attend the in-person class (and this is encouraged if you find yourself having trouble with the online work.)

Instructor Contact

E. Hansen

Email: Please email through the Canvas inbox during the semester

Office Hours:

  • Mondays: 1:30pm-2:30pm - Doyle Library
  • Thursdays: 4:00pm-5:00pm - online (ConferZoom, phone, email)

I usually respond to emails within 24 hours on weekdays, 48 hours on weekends (late Friday through Sunday & Holidays).

Course Web Site

Students (both online & in-person) will use the Canvas course web site for assignment instructions, required reading, required videos*, submitting assignments, viewing classmates' work, sharing resources, and viewing grades.

*Note: Not all videos required for the class are captioned. Contact the instructor as soon as possible if you will need captions.


There are no textbooks required for this course. All materials - including required PDF reading - will be accessed through Canvas.

A few semesters back, I tried basing the lesson plans around the flow of Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book, but I found that it did not go as in-depth into the subject matter as I would like. You are welcome to buy it if you like having books, but I am going back to my original posting of all reading materials via Canvas pages.

Required Software

  • Adobe Illustrator CC - 2019 version - Note: you can use this for free in the campus computer labs, library, and during class. You can also find discounts on the Adobe Creative Cloud at, or on the Adobe website.
  • If you have an older version of Illustrator, you should be able to complete most of the assignments for this class. I do not teach to the older versions, so you are responsible for identifying the differences. It will also be your responsibility to contact me in advance and/or find a more current version if you find you cannot complete a project.
  • You may need Acrobat Reader to view the PDFs. On the Macintosh, you can also use the Preview app.

Important Dates

Day Class Begins: 08/19/2019

Day Class Ends: 12/13/2019

Final: 12/17/2019

Last Day to Add without instructor's approval: 08/25/2019

Last Day to Drop with refund: 09/01/2019

Last Day to Add with instructor's approval: 09/08/2019

Last Day to Drop without a 'W' symbol: 09/08/2019

Last Day to Opt for Pass/No Pass: 09/29/2019

Last Day to Drop with a 'W' symbol: 11/17/2019

Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it. A student may be dropped from any class when that student's absences exceed ten percent (10%) of the total hours of class time. It is strongly advised that if you need to miss more than one class/homework deadline in a row that you contact the instructor to avoid being dropped from the class.


For face-to-face courses, students who fail to attend the first class meeting may be dropped by the instructor. For classes that meet online, students who fail to log on and initiate participation by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time of the first day of the class may be dropped by the instructor.

Pass‐No Pass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online with TLC or file the P/NP form with Admissions and Records. With a grade of C or better, you will get P.

You must file for the P/NP option by the date listed above. Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade. If you are taking this course as part of a certificate program, you can probably still take the class P/NP. Check with a counselor to be sure.

Instructor Announcements

The instructor will post announcements on the “Home” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences.

Late Policy

All assignments are due at 11:59pm on the due date. A late submission will receive a 3% penalty per day late.


There will be online midterm and final exams. The material comes from the required reading (class lectures notes), videos/in-person lecture, and supplemental materials. If any exam is missed, a zero will be recorded as the score. No late submissions will be allowed without prior arrangement. It is your responsibility to take the exams by the due date.

Grading Policy

Click the “Grades” link in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I usually grade once a week and post grades and comments in the Canvas gradebook.

Regardless of points, all assignments are placed in weighted categories as a portion of your overall grade:

  • Projects - 40%
  • Discussions - 10%
  • Quizzes - 20%
  • Assessment - 30% (including midterm & final projects)

Grades will be assigned as follows:




90% - 100%


80% - 89%


70% - 79%


60% - 69%

If taking Pass/No Pass (C/NC) you need at least 70% of the total class points and complete the midterm exam and the final exam to pass the class.

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Student Code of Conduct page.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. Students are encouraged to share information and ideas, but not their work. See these links on Plagiarism:
SRJC Writing Center Lessons on avoiding plagiarism
SRJC's statement on Academic Integrity

Special Needs

Every effort is made to conform to accessibility standards for all instructor-created materials. Students should contact their instructor as soon as possible if they find that they cannot access any course materials. Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Resources (527-4278).

List of assignments

Note to students: the assignments listed below (in Canvas) are not necessarily all of the assignments (and may change if you are viewing before the start of class).


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