|NCSU Department of Communication
COM477::Mobile Technologies and Cultures (Spring 2012)
Assignments will be evaluated based on:
Many assignments in this course are written assignments. It is expected that you write in clear, formal, academic language. If you need help with your writing skills, please let me know early in the semester. You can contact the University Writing and Speaking Tutorial service for support.
Students are required to complete ALL assignments in order to pass the course.
1. Weekly reflections (blog posts) (20 points)
Blog posts will be graded according to the following criteria:
*If you have an excused absence, you can still get credit to your blog post if you post it within one week of the absence. You are excused from posting if you are presenting to the class.
Each class a student will be asked to read their blog post. You can also volunteer to read it. So, you should bring a print out of your blog post to class.
After you accept my invitation to join the blog by clicking on the link provided in the email, login with your google/gmail account. Then you can click on "post" or follow the instructions below.
Instructions to post comments:
NOTE: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO ASSIGN A "LABEL" TO YOUR POST. FAILURE TO DO THAT WILL **NOT** ASSIGN THE POST TO YOU AND YOU MIGHT NOT GET CREDIT FOR IT.
Examples of very good blog posts
2. News + class discussion (15 points)
Each week, three students will be responsible for brining a popular press article about the topic addressed in that class. The students will also bring 4-5 discussion questions that connect the articles to the texts assigned for that week.
Students in class will read a summary of the article and discuss proposed questions.
In order to get full credit for the assignment students should:
The assignment will be graded based on the following criteria:
Here's a useful resource that explains what a popular press article is: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/faq/faq.php?id=42
Download discussion grading rubric
3. Mid-term and Final Exams (20 and 30 points respectively)
You should be prepared to answer any of the questions based on your class notes, slides, class readings, and outside sources. Your essay should present a clear, well-structured answer to the question, incorporating information, facts, or quotations from the course readings and from your lecture notes, research sources, and blog postings. You are required to use at least two quotes or facts from the course readings listed after the question and at least two quotes or facts from any other outside sources. This is the minimal requirement, however; if you are aiming for an “A,” don’t settle for the minimum. All source material must be properly indicated using quotation marks (if it is a quote) and credited using proper parenthetical references.
When your turn in your completed exam, you will also turn in copies of all the sources you used (not including course readings).
Directions for the exams:
• Each answer should be about two to three pages long (double-spaced, 12-point font).
Your answers will be evaluated based on:
Mid-term exam - models of correct answers:
Final exam - models of correct answers:
4. Final group project (10 points)
In gorups of 5, students will design proposal/concept for a digital tool that takes advantages of the affordances of mobile technologies/ubiquitous computing. It could be a mobile app for the iphone/android, or a more sophisticated proposal for a pervasive computing prototype. The theme for the project is open, as long as it addresses at least one social issues discussed in class surrounding mobile technologies, such as:
The project concept should be original, that is, it should be different than any other already existing commercial app. In your final presentation, you should be able to articulate this difference as well as clearly justify the functionality of your tool. This can take the form of a flow chart, a series of hyperlinks, images, or a video tutorial. The proposal must contain sufficient detail to communicate specific interface features and desired user behavior. Different than a regular design project, what you are presenting is anticipated usage. You are demonstrating how users are likely to engage in the application, program, tool that you have created. And you are demonstrating why it matters.
The project will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
There is no additional writing component required in this project. Everything should be clearly communicated through the visual presentation. A printed copy of the presentation should be delivered to the instructor after the presentation.
During the semester, there will be brainstorming sections with computer science students, that you are encouraged to attend.
You will develop the project by completing a series of four assignments, each of which contributes to the total of 10% of your grade:
The last class meeting will be reserved for students’ demonstration / presentation of their project.
5. Participation (5 points)
Participation entails not only attending the class but coming prepared having done all the readings, having made an honest attempt at understanding the author’s argument, and bringing reading notes and questions you’d like to ask. In order to get the maximum amount of points for participation, students are expected to:
The final participation grade will be given according to the following criteria: