Class Time: 12:30-1:50 p.m.
The creation of a television documentary incorporating written, oral and organizational skills. Emphasis will be applied on media aesthetics.
Course Conduct/Requirements: This course will consist of a documentary, two exams, readings, lectures, quizzes and a weekly log. All coursework must be completed to pass the class. Participation and attendance will directly influence your grade. A peer evaluation will be distributed at various times throughout the semester. DO NOT LET THE OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR GROUP DOWN! DO YOUR PART! And remember, just because you worked hard on this project does not ensure an “A.” Effort is necessary to achieve an “A” but it does not guarantee it. Be sure to make all deadlines because they are graded as either full credit or a zero. A zero on any deadline will almost assuredly lower your final grade by at least one grade.
Weekly Report & Deadlines 15%
Exam 1 10%
Exam 2 10%
*Avid Proficiency Test Pass/Fail
*These are approximations and subject to change. You will have a shooting and editing proficiency exam. These will occur on the same day as your midterm and final exam. Failure on either test will result in being dropped from the course. Senior Screenings time and day TBA.
Documentary Grading Criteria
(The project will involve approximately 200 points)
Editing 65 points
Shooting 65 points
Story Structure 20 points
Informational/Persuasive Value 10 points
Participation/Cooperation 40 points
Attendance: You are all set to graduate at the end of the semester; consequently this class should be a conduit into your professional lives. In short, consider this your job and be in class and be on-time. On the fourth absence I may drop you from the class. Finally, it is imperative that you treat all broadcasting equipment with care. In short, if you break it, you buy it.
Plagiarism comes from the Latin word plagiarius, which means kidnapper. Webster’s Dictionary defines plagiarize as to take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one’s own-plagiarizer. Plagiarism includes the deliberate as well as inadvertent failure to properly attribute: 1) material taken directly from a source (including work done by other students or Technical Assistant); 2) paraphrasing of a source; 3) use of the same or very similar organizations of source material; 4) any submission that contains the thoughts or work of others. Copying of a substantial portion of material without acknowledgment is plagiarism and a violation of copyright law. Plagiarism applies to print sources, electronic/digital sources, and materials obtained through the Internet. In short, everything you do in this class should be the work of either yourself or your fellow group members. Anytime anyone outside the group produces any part of your documentary you have committed plagiarism. Violation of this policy will result in the student and/or group receiving a failing grade for this course. IF IN DOUBT-ASK! Students in this course should adhere to the MSU Student Honor Code.
Privacy: Federal privacy laws prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university…thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress, academic matters, or grades with anyone including your parents. Do not have them call me! You are college students and adults and therefore will be treated as such. Finally, I will only correspond with you via email if your name is in your email address.
Disability Services: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss.
Final Caveat: The professor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus for any reason. Sufficient notice will be given if changes are deemed necessary.