Course Syllabus

CS 70.11A Adobe Photoshop 1
Course Syllabus


Course Description

This course covers the beginning skills of image production and manipulation, using the industry-standard Adobe Photoshop to work with digital images for both Web and print use.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate competency in identifying Photoshop interface elements.
2.  Construct simple documents utilizing selections, layers, and blending modes.
3.  Differentiate between simple graphic file formats and choose the appropriate usage for each.


Class Meetings

  • Section 4107: Wednesdays 6-9 pm, 2920 Maggini Hall, Santa Rosa Campus
  • Section 4518: Wednesdays 6-9 pm via Zoom


Instructor Contact

Donald Laird


Phone: (707) 524-1809

Office Hours: 

  • TBD, Computer Studies Department, Maggini Hall, Santa Rosa Campus (also available via this Zoom link: Office Hours Zoom link 


I try my best to respond to emails within 2 work days. You must put the class section number in the subject line of any email you send to me.


Course Web Site

Students will use the Canvas course web site for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, viewing classmates' work, sharing resources, and viewing grades.



Required: Practical Photoshop CC 2022, Level 1 

Available via Practical Photoshop Web site



8, 16, or 32 gb USB flash drive to store your files. Not required, but recommended.


Required Software

Access to Adobe Photoshop 2022 or 2021.

Best price for students is via


Important Dates

Day Class Begins: 1/18/2023

Day Class Ends: 5/24/2023

Last Day to Add without instructor's approval: 1/24/2023

Last Day to Drop with refund: 1/289/2023

Last Day to Add with instructor's approval: 2/5/2023

Last Day to Drop without a 'W' symbol: 2/5/2023

Last Day to Opt for Pass/No Pass: 2/26/2023

Last Day to Drop with a 'W' symbol: 4/23/2023


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.



Students who fail to attend the first two class meetings will be dropped by the instructor. After the first two class meetings, you are responsible to drop if you stop attending class. 

Regular attendance is required. Online students are *highly* encouraged to attend live via Zoom during the in-person class meetings. If not attending the live class, all students are required to watch the weekly lecture videos.


Pass‐NoPass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online in your student portal 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 deadline given above. Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade.


Instructor Announcements

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences. Send me an email by the second class meeting with your name and 'wombat' as the subject line for 2 extra credit points. Be sure to turn on Canvas announcements in your student portal in order to receive these announcements immediately after they are made.


Late Policy

All assignments are due when specified, unless other instructions are given. A late submission will receive a 50% penalty. Submissions more than one week late are not accepted without prior arrangement.



There will be online midterm and final exams. The material comes from the class lectures and supplemental materials. If any exam is missed, a zero will be recorded as the score. 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 grade once a week and post grades and comments in the Canvas gradebook.

Grades will be assigned as follows:










If taking Pass/No Pass 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 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.

All written work is to be original; plagiarism of any kind will result in a failing grade on that assignment. Students who plagiarize or cheat may be suspended – for one or two class meetings by the instructor – and referred to the Conduct Dean for discipline sanction, in cases of egregious violation. Please see Policy 3.11 for 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 may not include all course content. To view all course content, go to Modules.


Course Summary:

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