Recommended Resources & Collaboration

This chapter includes information on:

  • Encouraged and prohibited resources for completing coursework
  • Examples of how to collaborate and seek resources correctly

In this course, you will be guided through learning skills and concepts. You are also encouraged to customize what you learn through one-on-one help and resources outside the course materials. However, you must be mindful that all your work is legal and original. Here is what you need to know about which resources and types of collaboration are acceptable (and encouraged!) and which are not allowed.

Problem-Solving and Getting Help

Most students need assistance with software and assignments at some point in the course, often multiple times a week. This course is designed so that you should ask questions to get the most out of each assignment.

Encouraged resources:

  • Your TA. Get in touch by email or attend your lab session.
  • The “Ask the Instructors” forum on Blackboard. Post any questions and browse other students’ questions.
  • CougTech. A great resource if you have computer or software issues.
  • The internet. It’s a great idea to search for additional examples or tutorials, and even for materials you can legally use in your projects.


  • Someone else completing any part of your work.
  • Submitting any work completed prior to this semester and/or for another course.
  • Using software different from what’s required in the assignment.
  • Using any materials in your projects that you do not have a clear legal right to use.

Or, all together…

All work submitted for this course must be entirely your own work, created for COM210 this semester, using the software specified in each assignment with only materials you have a clear legal right to use.

Make sure you also understand the Academic Integrity Policy and Media Use Policy in the course syllabus.

Acceptable & Unacceptable Conduct

Asking your TA questions


Good: Ask a specific question before the deadline. “Can you help me figure out how to add a sepia effect to this part of my project?”

Bad: Send vague or disrespectful email after the deadline. “stupid photoshop wont work after i tried FOREVER what should i do?????”



Good: Sit next to a friend to ask each other questions as you do your own work.

Bad: Having any part of your work completed by someone else, even one step.

Internet Use


Good: Search for additional information and tutorials to better understand software, or inspiration for projects.

Bad: Downloading materials for your projects if you’re not certain that you have the legal right to use them.

Although not prohibited, we discourage students from consulting with friends who have previously taken this course because aspects of the course assignments change every semester. It is usually obvious when a student is turning in work based on a previous semester’s instructions, and it almost always has a negative effect on the assignment grade.