JOUR300 | Spring 2018 | Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Professor: Katherine Hepworth, PhD | Office: RSJ 205 | Office hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm (book here)
Grading / Assessment
|Introductory Discussion||Jan 23, 2018||100|
|Extra Credit Discussion - Practice posting||Jan 26, 2018||0|
|Personal Expression Activity||Jan 30, 2018||50|
|Type Treasure Challenge||Jan 31, 2018||250|
|Designed Visual Communication Activity||Feb 6, 2018||50|
|Audience Activity||Feb 7, 2018||50|
|User Activity||Feb 8, 2018||50|
|Food Truck Challenge||Feb 13, 2018||350|
|Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 1 (Hierarchy of Needs & Attention)||Feb 20, 2018||100|
|Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 2 (Prospect Theory and Expectation Effect)||Feb 27, 2018||100|
|Interdisciplinary Audience Quiz||Mar 2, 2018||100|
|Interdisciplinary Interaction Discussion (Performance Load & Cost Benefit)||Mar 6, 2018||100|
|Mid-semester Evaluation (will be emailed to you)||Mar 8, 2018||100|
|Graffiti Challenge||Mar 13, 2018||350|
|Interdisciplinary Interaction Quiz||Mar 16, 2018||100|
|Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion 1 (Emotion & Aesthetic Usability Effect)||Mar 27, 2018||100|
|Chart Challenge||Apr 3, 2018||350|
|Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion 2 (Interruption & Serial Position Effects)||Apr 10, 2018||100|
|Infographic Challenge||Apr 17, 2018||350|
|Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Quiz||Apr 20, 2018||100|
|Personal Style Challenge||Apr 24, 2018||350|
|Visual Resumé Challenge (Draft)||May 1, 2018||350|
|Final Course Evaluation||May 3, 2018||100|
|Visual Resumé Challenge (Final)||May 8, 2018||350|
Grading in this class is by XP (experience points). You earn XP by completing tasks: the better you complete the task, the more XP you will get. Letter grades will only be given at the end of the semester.
- At the start of the class you will have zero XP points
(equivalent to 0% / F / 0.0 GPA).
- 4,000 XP is the maximum attainable grade
(equivalent to 100% / A / 4.0 GPA).
The following chart aligns XP with letter grades and with percentage of total score.
|Final grade ||XP ||Percentage
|A ||3720-4000 ||93-100%
|A- ||3600-3719 ||90-92.99%
|B+ ||3480-3599 ||87-89.99%
|B ||3320-3479 ||83-86.99%
|B- ||3200-3319 ||80-82.99%
|C+ ||3000-3199 ||75-79.99%
|C ||2600-2999 ||65-74.99%
|C- ||2400-2599 ||60-64.99%
|D+ ||2200-2399 ||55-59.99%
|D ||1800-2199 ||45-54.99%
|D- ||1600-1799 ||40-44.99%
|F ||0-1599 ||0-39.99%
Late work will be graded if a student makes an agreement with the Professor regarding late submission. Late submissions without an agreement with the Professor will not be graded. Extraordinary grading arrangements can be made in the case of a significant personal life crises - if needed, please talk to the professor individually to negotiate this.
Summaries of Graded Work
- Introductory Discussion
Familiarize yourself with the course, with your fellow classmates, and the grading schema.
- Extra Credit Discussion - Practice posting
Post any questions you have about the course content, syllabus, structure, or grading to the extra credit discussion board.
- Personal Expression Activity
Understand the qualities of visual communication as personal expression, or visual art.
- Type Treasure Challenge
Research letters and letterforms, and then recreate a one letter with found objects for the purpose of personal expression.
- Designed Visual Communication Activity
Understand the qualities of designed visual communication, which goes by many names in the industry: communication design, graphic design, and experience design.
- Audience Activity
Learn about the importance of audience in designed visual communication, and how to complete an audience profile.
- User Activity
Learn about the difference between of audience and users perspectives in designed visual communication.
- Food Truck Challenge
Communicate effectively to a defined audience through photographs or graphic elements and typefaces combined to brand a food truck.
- Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 1 (Hierarchy of Needs & Attention)
Learn how hierarchy of needs and attention interact
- Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 2 (Prospect Theory and Expectation Effect)
Learn about how prospect theory and expectation effect interact
- Interdisciplinary Audience Quiz
Test your knowledge of the Audience materials
- Interdisciplinary Interaction Discussion (Performance Load & Cost Benefit)
Learn how performance load and cost benefit interact
- Mid-semester Evaluation (will be emailed to you)
- Graffiti Challenge
Make a temporary graffiti installation that improves the usability of a signifier in a public area.
- Interdisciplinary Interaction Quiz
Test your knowledge of the Interaction Unit materials.
- Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion 1 (Emotion & Aesthetic Usability Effect)
Learn how emotion and aesthetic usability effect interact
- Chart Challenge
Communicate effectively to a defined audience through a simple bar chart, line chart, pie chart or donut chart.
- Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion 2 (Interruption & Serial Position Effects)
Learn how interruption and serial position effects interact
- Infographic Challenge
Communicate effectively to the audience defined in the Chart Challenge, through a persuasive infographic comprised of one interactive chart, consistent typefaces and graphic elements, and persuasive text.
- Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Quiz
Test your knowledge of the Aesthetics Unit materials.
- Personal Style Challenge
Create a mood board that pitches you in a way that is professionally appropriate and personally authentic.
- Visual Resumé Challenge (Draft)
Use the mood board from the previous communication challenge as the basis for a visual resumé
- Final Course Evaluation
Take the final course evaluation given by UNR
- Visual Resumé Challenge (Final)
Submit your final visual resume in PDF format (Canvas will not accept other file types).