Visual Communication

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

Due Dates

NameDueXP
Introductory DiscussionJan 23, 2018100
Extra Credit Discussion - Practice postingJan 26, 20180
Personal Expression ActivityJan 30, 201850
Type Treasure ChallengeJan 31, 2018250
Designed Visual Communication ActivityFeb 6, 201850
Audience ActivityFeb 7, 201850
User ActivityFeb 8, 201850
Food Truck ChallengeFeb 13, 2018350
Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 1 (Hierarchy of Needs & Attention)Feb 20, 2018100
Interdisciplinary Audience Discussion 2 (Prospect Theory and Expectation Effect)Feb 27, 2018100
Interdisciplinary Audience QuizMar 2, 2018100
Interdisciplinary Interaction Discussion (Performance Load & Cost Benefit)Mar 6, 2018100
Mid-semester Evaluation (will be emailed to you)Mar 8, 2018100
Graffiti ChallengeMar 13, 2018350
Interdisciplinary Interaction QuizMar 16, 2018100
Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion 1 (Emotion & Aesthetic Usability Effect)Mar 27, 2018100
Chart ChallengeApr 3, 2018350
Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Discussion 2 (Interruption & Serial Position Effects)Apr 10, 2018100
Infographic ChallengeApr 17, 2018350
Interdisciplinary Aesthetics QuizApr 20, 2018100
Personal Style ChallengeApr 24, 2018350
Visual Resumé Challenge (Draft)May 1, 2018350
Final Course EvaluationMay 3, 2018100
Visual Resumé Challenge (Final)May 8, 2018350
Total 4000

XP

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.

Grade Scale

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

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