Projects & Assignments

COMM 240: Electronic Communication consists of a series of projects that, together, provide you with a portfolio of work that not only shows what you can do, but also shows how you think, solve problems and tackle challenges.

There are five projects and a final. Each project concentrates on a particular aspect of digital communication: Sight, Space, Sound, Presentation and Motion. In your final project, you will use what you have learned to do a personal essay. However, COMM 240: Electronic Communication is NOT about teaching you to point and click. It is about teaching you how to TEACH YOURSELF new tools, or how to use familiar tools in an innovative way, to solve a real communication problem. A great deal of doing each of these projects, and the assignments in each project, requires you to do research and reading.

Please read the following closely. The two most important contributors to your grade are meeting the assignment criteria and handing in your projects on time.


Get a notebook — preferably one with pockets.

Every time we discuss the project you are working on, you should be taking notes in your notebook about:

1) DEADLINES
2) Criteria
3) Feedback
4) Resources
5) Negotiated stuff…

Just like you would if you were on a job.


COMMUNICATION IS A DEADLINE PROFESSION.

Hand in the work by the deadline or get a zero.

FOR EACH ASSIGNMENT:
For most parts of your projects you will be creating three (3) versions:

  1. A mockup, storyboard or low fidelity (paper and pencil) prototype
  2. A black and white high fidelity prototype — you create a jpg version and print off a copy BEFORE you begin working on your finale version.
  3. A finished (color) document/project.

Each assignment goes through two reviews:

  • A classroom critique of the first draft
  • Instructor review and feedback of the final draft for each part of the project.

As each assignment within a project is completed:

  1. Post images of your assignment in your blog by the end of the day on which the assignment is completed.
  2. Before the FRIDAY (EOB) of the due date week, post a lengthy design rationale that explains:
    • what you were hoping to achieve in your design, and the various decisions you made,
    • what you found challenging, and how you solved certain problems you encountered,
    • what you enjoyed
    • what you are most proud of,
    • AND what you might have done differently had you had more time.

I spend my weekend reading your blogs and evaluating your design rationales. Remember the blog is a significant part of your final grade and I take it very seriously. Watch your spelling and grammar.
The WORLD can see this (including your parents!)

FOR EACH PROJECT
…before we begin class on the PROJECT DUE DATE you will:

  1. Place the final project electronic files and folders in the relevant MacLab folder.
  2. Hand in to me paper copies of the Mockups, B&W drafts, and the final pieces for grading.
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