Data Visualization for Social Engagement

490b/691b | Spring 2018 | Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Professor: Katherine Hepworth, PhD | Office: RSJ 205 | Office hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm (book here)


Due Dates

Class project: Mapping regional performance, spending, and attendanceApr 18, 20181000
Group Project: Data visualization-based promotional itemApr 25, 20181000
Attendance and participationMay 8, 2018500
Homework discussion boardMay 8, 20181000
Final presentationMay 16, 2018500
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.

Summaries of Graded Work