HOW THIS CLASS WORKS

It’s important to know what we are doing in this course and my expectations:

Class time is focused on talking about and experiencing the principles underlying visual communication. Activities in the classroom help us experience the principles we are learning and prepare for the weekly assignments where you illustrate what you have learned.

Outside of class time is equally important. Reading is ESSENTIAL AND MUST BE DONE BEFORE CLASS DISCUSSION! It is through the readings that you are introduced to the vocabulary and language we use in talking about visual communication a data visualization. The weekly quizzes and mid-term exam are ALL BASED on the VOCABULARY. The vocabulary comes from both the readings and the concepts and theories introduced in class.

Readings and the Vocab Quiz deadlines are ALWAYS DUE by:
• Sunday 11:55 pm before Monday’s Class

Assignments are done outside of class time and are posted in your portfolio blog. Each post is comprised of one or more images of your visualization (assignment) and a reflection of no less than 500 words. There are deadlines for each assignment. If the assignment is not in your blog when it is due, it gets a “zero” or NO PASS. Taken together, these posts constitute the equivalent of a 20-page paper. They are graded PASS/FAIL based on completion of ALL the specifications. So… reading the assignment instructions carefully REALLY matters.

Assignment deadlines are ALWAYS DUE by Thursday 11:59 pm 

The Mid-Term test is based on the vocabulary you have been learning from class and the readings.

The “Show Me” test is based on theory, concepts, vocabulary and your ability to demonstrate that you have mastered the various types of information graphics we have worked on over the term. The timing of this test is intended to give us time to work on things we have not sufficiently grasped. It also helps you prepare for the final project.

The final project is completed in groups. The final project is not only your final exam, it is an experiential way to demonstrate that you know your stuff!

The entire schedule can be viewed in the Master Schedule, however, there IS an order of operations (or rhythm) to the work you will do in this course. You read, test your comprehension, experience and discuss in class and then apply what you have learned in your sketchbook and Blog assignment.

Master Schedule for: