JOUR300 | Wintermester 2019 | 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 2, 2019||250|
|Personal Expression Activity||Jan 2, 2019||150|
|Type Treasure Challenge||Jan 2, 2019||250|
|Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 1 (Hierarchy of Needs & Attention)||Jan 3, 2019||150|
|Designed Visual Communication Activity||Jan 3, 2019||150|
|Audience Activity||Jan 4, 2019||150|
|User Activity||Jan 4, 2019||150|
|Food Truck Challenge||Jan 7, 2019||350|
|Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 2 (Prospect Theory and Expectation Effect)||Jan 7, 2019||150|
|Interdisciplinary Audience Quiz||Jan 8, 2019||150|
|Graffiti Challenge||Jan 9, 2019||350|
|Interdisciplinary Interaction Discussion (Performance Load & Cost Benefit)||Jan 10, 2019||150|
|Interdisciplinary Interaction Quiz||Jan 11, 2019||150|
|Chart Challenge||Jan 14, 2019||350|
|Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion (Emotion & Aesthetic Usability Effect)||Jan 15, 2019||150|
|Infographic Challenge||Jan 16, 2019||700|
|Course Evaluation||Jan 17, 2019||100|
|Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Quiz||Jan 18, 2019||150|
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.
- 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.
- Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 1 (Hierarchy of Needs & Attention)
Learn how hierarchy of needs and attention interact
- 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 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
- Graffiti Challenge
Make a temporary graffiti installation that improves the usability of a signifier in a public area.
- Interdisciplinary Interaction Discussion (Performance Load & Cost Benefit)
Learn how performance load and cost benefit interact
- Interdisciplinary Interaction Quiz
Test your knowledge of the Interaction Unit materials.
- Chart Challenge
Communicate effectively to a defined audience through a simple bar chart, line chart, pie chart or donut chart.
- Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion (Emotion & Aesthetic Usability Effect)
Learn how emotion and aesthetic usability effect 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.
- Course Evaluation
Take the final course evaluation given by UNR
- Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Quiz
Test your knowledge of the Aesthetics Unit materials.