Graphic Communications
Wayne McCarthy, Instructor

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Current Assignment

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These are the Topics which will be covered during the Course

Expectations and Grading Method

Portfolio/ Binder and its consideration in grading

Class Routines

Safety and Ergonomics including following the Room Management Plans for Room 187-188 and 197-198

  • Safety of self
  • Safety of workmates
  • Safety with equipment
  • MSDS Sheets
  • Maintenance
  • Employee's Right to Know
  • OSHA Laws
  • Child Labor Laws

Job Skills and Work Ethic

  • Importance of Timeliness
  • Importance of Attention to Detail
  • Importance of Appropriate Behavior
  • Importance of Adherence to Task
  • Importance of Completing Assignments
  • Importance of Teamwork Responsibility, Ethics and Morality

Organizational Skills / Portfolio Maintenance

  • 3-Ring Binder Requirements
  • Dividers for Self-Reflection/Review

Introduction to Business Development

  • Creative Ideas, Innovation, Invention
  • Creating a Business Plan
  • Branding
  • Nuts and Bolts of Project Costs and Expenses
  • Equipment Requirements
  • Insurance
  • Legal Requirements

21st Century Tools

Business Meetings and Procedures

  • How to Lead a Meeting
  • Member Roles Changed on Rotating Basis
  • Meeting Every Monday Morning for Planning "Where are we?…Where are we going to be on Friday, End of Month, End of Quarter?, etc."
  • Meeting Every Friday for Assessment "How'd we do this week ?… month? … Quarter?…. etc.
  • Responsibilities of Each Member
    • Chairman (President)
    • Vice-Chairman (Vice-President)
    • Clerk (Secretary)
    • Treasurer
  • Robert's Rules of Order

The Business Plan

  • Business Writing
  • Writing the Plan
  • Research the Competition
  • Determine Market Potential
  • Self-Assessment, Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Assembling a Team
    • CEO, COO, Treasurer, Clerk, Staff
    • Marketing team (plan image/stationery/strategy/research/contacts)
  • Presentation Skills
    • PowerPoint
    • Speaking Skills
    • Posture
    • Pace
    • Clarity of Handouts
    • Clarity of Slides
    • What to do when a problem arises

Venture Capital

  • Understanding the Role of Venture Capital
  • Understanding ROI
  • Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

Working in a Team Setting

  • Assessment of Skills and Responsibilities
  • Artistic / Creative
  • Leadership
  • Mechanical (HTML and Hardware)
  • Mediator
  • Organizer
  • Marketing team (plan image/stationery/strategy/research/contacts)

Legal Responsibilities and Requirements

  • Truth in Advertising
  • Media and Representation
  • Search the Web for Current Information

Web Business

  • Needs Assessment
  • Delphi Sessions

Customer Service

  • Listening Skills
  • Assessment Skills
  • Importance of Knowledge of Subject
  • Knowledge of Resources
  • Ability to Communicate
  • Telephone Skills

Interview Skills

  • Listening Skills
  • Eye Contact
  • Avoid Distractions
  • Importance of Name
  • Importance of Knowledge of Company/Product
  • Note Taking Importance—Short, Occasional, Important

Appropriate Appearance

  • Hygiene
  • Cleanliness
  • Respectful
  • Confident
  • Prepared for questions
  • Eye Contact
  • Clarity of Speech
  • Posture and Manner

Learning the Skills of a Teacher of Technology

  • Assess the Student(s)
  • Determine the Goal
  • Plan the Course
  • Deliver the Lesson
  • Review for Comprehension
  • Assess the Student(s)

Personal Planning for Future Education

  • Resume Writing Self-Assessment (Strengths and Weaknesses)
  • Cover Letter
  • Portfolio
  • College Research
  • Plans to Visit
  • Courses / Subjects Offered
  • Tuition
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
  • Reviewing College Applications
  • Preparing for College Interviews


Assessments: Grading will be a combination of observation, project assessment, performance on assigned tasks, completion of competency list, community service, and portfolio assessment. Beyond these items, daily assessment will be made on promptness/attendance, attitude, effort, and quality of assigned work. A complete weighting of these assessments is found on the Assessment page of this site.

Community Service: A reasonable effort is expected in achieving the goal of exploring the world of Graphic Communications through projects creating artwork, printing documents, operating equipment and learning business practices associated with the graphic and printing industry. Client interviews, after school activities, and meeting attendance are mandatory.

Expectations: Students are expected to behave in a manner consistent with acceptable business practices. The daily assessment of promptness, attitude, effort, and quality will be heavily weighted in the student's final grade. When a student enters the classroom they should consider themselves in a work environment, and conduct themselves in a suitable manner.

Communication: Open and honest (and occasionally private) communication is essential to our success in this course, for both student and instructor. My email link can be found above. Assignments will be posted on the web page whenever possible, to aid in a student's ability to maintain currency in the course. Assignments will be posted to Google Classroom for each lesson. Any special requirements may be discussed. Every effort will be made to accommodate students who make an effort on course work. If you miss a class, the day's assignment will be posted on this site.