T Th 11:00 - 12:20
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Bring this to class each day. You’ll be saving your work to this drive and to a second backup, not the lab computer hard drive. You are responsible for saving your work. Deadlines will not be extended due to loss of data. Always maintain at least two copies of important files on two separate volumes. You may want to look into cloud storage options (see the course wiki "Cloud Storage" page for more details).
Multimedia backpacks are available for checkout at the library (for Multimedia Design students only), saving you over $500 in equipment costs. You are responsible for providing batteries to run the audio recorder (2 batteries) and camera (2 batteries). You should always have a backup set of batteries in case your first set in the equipment runs out. This means that you should have 8 batteries when you checkout the equipment.
You will receive handouts in class. You will need to refer to some of these handouts on multiple occasions. Therefore, you will need a way to keep these items organized so that you can refer to them during class discussions or while working on assignments.
Final grades will be based on class participation and attendance, projects, critiques, and homework and quizzes. As this is a project-based class, there will not be any mid-term or final exams.
Class participation (also called professionalism): 10%
Homework and Quizzes: 30%
Class participation and attendance
Because abundant lecturing tends to be counterproductive for both you and me, I try to include activities that are more interesting than straight lecture, such as discussions, presentations, guest speakers, etc. The success of this format depends on your willingness to actively participate in class discussions and other activities.
Attendance and participation are critical to your success. Another way to describe this is professionalism. Professionalism means that you’re here, ready to engage in new opportunities. You are expected to arrive on time, be prepared, actively participate, and stay for the full class period. If you miss class, you miss the chance to participate in your education and the education of others in class. If you miss class you get a “zero” for that day’s participation.
If you must miss class, please let me know BEFORE the class period that you will miss. You may call my office and leave me a voice mail or you may notify me by e-mail. An absence may be excused at my discretion in accordance with university policy if you provide documentation of the reason for your absence. Plan carefully regarding appointments and/or work schedules to avoid missing class. Any personal emergencies that arise will be dealt with on an individual basis. Do not assume you will be allowed to make up assignments missed during an unexcused absence. . If you MISS CLASS, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed.
Your class participation and attendance grade is made up of (a) your coming to class, (b) your input during class discussions, (c) your completion of in-class assignments. In class assignments will help you immediately apply concepts covered in class. If you miss a class you get a “zero” for that day’s in-class assignments. If you miss more than two classes, or if you are habitually late or leave early, your final grade may be lowered by 1/3 letter grade for each instance beyond two absences. . Three tardies = one absence. Five minutes or more late = one tardy. Twenty minutes or more late = one absence. Leaving before class is dismissed = one absence. If you have difficulty with the attendance and participation (professionalism) requirement, you may be dropped from the class.
I reserve the right to determine what, exactly, constitutes an excused absence or when a late arrival is excusable.
Some additional guidelines:
Total attended classes/total classes x 12.5 +
Total student in-class assignment points/total possible points x 12.5 =
Total grade for this part
There will be several projects for this course, including the following:
Further details will be given as the semester progresses.
Total student points/total possible points x 50 = grade for this part
Homework and Quizzes
You will be asked to complete regular short assignments to reinforce skills you are learning in class.
Grading scale: 0 - not done
1 - incomplete/didn’t follow instructions/late
2 - ok but showed minimal effort or lack of understanding
3 - good
4 - very good
5 - excellent
Total student points/total possible points x 25 = grade for this part
We will have unannounced quizzes only if attendance is poor or if I sense that you are not keeping up with your assignments. If we have unannounced quizzes, they will be given at the beginning of class. If you are late, you will receive a score of zero unless your late arrival is excused.
Please note that the number of quizzes and assignments is not set in stone. This means that it is impossible at the outset of the semester to determine how much each individual quiz or assignment will be worth.
More about Grading
In the professional world, if you can’t show up on time and make your deadlines, you won’t keep your job. Assignments must be completed on time in the format specified. The only accepted excuses for late work or missed presentations or exams are noted in the attendance policy. No exceptions. Plan ahead.