Assignments

Your final grade will consist of the following activities. Any activity not given a specific point value counts toward your professionalism grade. All assignments are due in class on the due date. You will not receive credit for late work. See the syllabus for course policies. Click on the links for detailed instructions.

Five blog entries. Post five text/image entries to your blog. Worth 20 points each. There are six blog opportunities. You can skip one, do six and drop your lowest grade, or do all for extra credit. Worth 100 points.

Typographic self-portrait project. Design a self-portrait using only typographic letterforms, and submit mounted on foam board with a short report. Worth 100 points.

Presentation with visual aids. Prepare an oral presentation with visual aids (digital and document/object) based on an approved topic that includes display of quantitative information. Worth 100 points.

Design portfolio. Create a design portfolio that consists of a digital or print collection (your choice) of your work this semester, including a professional biography, an introduction to each piece, and other relevant material. Worth 100 points.

Professionalism. Participate in class discussions and activities; read and respond to other student blogs; demonstrate understanding of the readings; be on time and prepared for class; have required texts, technologies, and materials in class; avoid excessive absences. Worth 100 points.

There are 500 total possible points in the course:

  • A = 500-450
  • B = 449-400
  • C = 399-350
  • D = 349-300
  • F = 299-0

General grading criteria is as follows:

A 100 – 90%: An A-project is one that might lead to a promotion in the workplace. It reflects the author’s careful consideration of audience and purpose. It demonstrates strict adherence to the assignment instructions. It is complete, presented in an appropriate and engaging style, arranged logically, memorable, and visually appealing. It is visually cohesive and balanced. It introduces and credits sources properly. It avoids visual or textual clichés. It contains no superfluous material – every element has a purpose. It reflects a relatively sophisticated assimilation of class discussions and readings. Text contains few mechanical errors and no run-on sentences or fragments.

B 89 – 80%: A B-project satisfies most or all of the requirements but may contain a small number of minor errors that can be easily corrected. It would be considered acceptable in the workplace. It too is professional and reflects consideration of audience and purpose. It may contain some gratuitous visual or textual elements but still conveys a unified message overall. It reflects assimilation of class discussion and readings.

C 79 – 70%: A C-project is competent, though it would possibly be returned for revision in the workplace. It is generally average in terms of the major criteria listed above. It may have some mechanical errors.

D 69 – 60%: D work is weak. It would probably get the writer into a bad situation in the workplace. It falls below average in terms of one or more of the major criteria. It would be returned for extensive revision in the workplace.

F 59% or below: F work fails to adequately meet the criteria of the assignment, either in terms of the project parameters or quality of work. A consistent pattern of this level of production would probably get a person reprimanded or fired in the workplace.