JOUR300 | Spring 2017 | Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Professor: Katherine Hepworth, PhD
Grading / Assessment
|Introductory Discussion||Jan 24, 2017||100|
|Extra Credit Discussion||Jan 27, 2017||0|
|Personal Expression Activity||Jan 31, 2017||50|
|Type Treasure Challenge||Feb 1, 2017||350|
|Designed Visual Communication Activity||Feb 7, 2017||50|
|Audience Activity||Feb 8, 2017||50|
|User Activity||Feb 9, 2017||50|
|Food Truck Challenge||Feb 14, 2017||350|
|Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 1 (Hierarchy of Needs & Attention)||Feb 21, 2017||100|
|Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 2 (Prospect Theory and Expectation Effect)||Feb 28, 2017||100|
|Interdisciplinary Audience Quiz||Mar 3, 2017||100|
|Interdisciplinary Interaction Discussion (Performance Load & Cost Benefit)||Mar 7, 2017||100|
|Mid-semester Evaluation||Mar 10, 2017||100|
|Graffiti Challenge||Mar 14, 2017||350|
|Interdisciplinary Interaction Quiz||Mar 17, 2017||100|
|Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion 1 (Emotion & Aesthetic Usability Effect)||Mar 28, 2017||100|
|Chart Challenge||Apr 4, 2017||350|
|Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion 2 (Interruption & Serial Position Effects)||Apr 11, 2017||100|
|Infographic Challenge||Apr 18, 2017||350|
|Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Quiz||Apr 21, 2017||100|
|Personal Style Challenge||Apr 25, 2017||350|
|Visual Resumé Challenge (Draft)||May 2, 2017||350|
|Final Course Evaluation||May 13, 2017||100|
|Visual Resumé Challenge (Final) IN-PERSON EVENT||May 13, 2017||250|
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%
Summaries of Graded Work
- Introductory Discussion
Familiarize yourself with the course, with your fellow classmates, and the grading schema.
- Extra Credit Discussion
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
- 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
- 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) IN-PERSON EVENT
Print your visual resumé and bring it to the final class meeting. Attendance at the final class meeting is required.