All Things Media: Design (Archived: 2015 Fall)

JOUR108 | Fall 2015 | 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

Success QuizAug 31, 2015100
Color QuizSep 7, 2015100
You Do You ChallengeSep 14, 2015400
Pixels QuizSep 21, 2015100
Vectors & Type QuizSep 28, 2015100
Monogram ChallengeOct 5, 2015400
Consistency QuizOct 12, 2015100
Business Card ChallengeOct 19, 2015400
Clipping & Photo QuizNov 2, 2015100
Type as Image ChallengeNov 9, 2015400
Code QuizNov 16, 2015100
Instruction ChallengeNov 23, 2015400
EngagementDec 7, 2015400
Final ExamDec 14, 2015900
Total 4000


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.

Gaining XP

You can gain XP every time you complete a challenge, quiz, or engagement activity. How much XP you gain depends on the quality of your work.

Please note: completing assignments does not guarantee gaining XP. See below for more detail.


You will receive XP for completing challenges when:


You will receive XP for engagement when you:

Thick tweets including images will gain more XP than thin tweets without images. Re-tweets will not gain XP. What are thick and thin tweets?


You will receive XP for Quizzes when:

Please note: If you submit work late without arranging an extension beforehand, it will not be graded.

Extra Credit FAQ

You will gain:

Losing XP

You will lose XP every time you do any of the following.

Please note: it is easy to reduce your grade by one whole letter by ignoring the following requirements.


25XP will be deducted from your total grade each time you:

Type Crimes

10XP will be deducted from your total grade each time you use any of the following fonts in your assignments, social media posts, or correspondence:

Professional Communication

10XP will be deducted from your total grade each time you use text speak (for example ‘u’ instead of ‘you’; ‘luv’ instead of ‘love’ etc), incorrect spelling, or incorrect grammar in assignments, social media posts, or correspondence.

Summaries of Graded Work