Final project submissions are due on Monday, May 7, 2012.
What is required for your project. As described on the
Grading page, the semester project is 60% of your grade.
Also, as described on the
Grading page, supplementary materials
(a written report, a web site, a business plan, or a model or working prototype) will be evaluated as part of the presentation.
Student projects in this course are varied. Students produce physical prototypes, websites,
and multimedia materials (videos and audio files). Other students are producing only a "white paper."
Your supplementary material should adequately support your project. If you are producing a
"white paper" only, you should plan on 5,000 words of text supported by tables and figures if necessary.
If you are submitting other project materials (prototypes, websites, or multimedia submissions) you should
also submit sufficient text to support this submission. The text for such a submission might
be the results of a survey, the script for an audio or video submission, a description of
the process that you used to develop the project and your plans to take the project forward.
If you have any questions about whether your planned submission is satisfactory, you should contact
Maggie or Paul.
You can ask to speak to either of us privately, or raise the subject in class or in discussion section.
Submitting your material. When you do share your work with us via email, please think of the following things.
- Where to send work. It is best to send your work to both
Paul so that we can both see it right away.
- File names. There are eighteen students in the class. It is easier for us to deal
with attached files if they include your name. We have received a lot of files with titles
like "class project" or "my project." Please think about what it is like to be on the receiving
end of this before you send.
- Format. The simplest way for you to share your work with us is as plain text in
the body of an email. Attachments of Word documents are harder for us to post on the website
because of all the peculiar characters and formatting. You can include figures as simple image
attachments to an email. You can indicate the placement of figures in the text as parenthetical notes (Figure 1 here).
- Weird formats. A group of creative people like yourselves often rebel against
simple formats. If your project cannot be presented as text and images, please discuss your
format with us. Videos that are not finished can be sampled with frame grabs and sent as a
few still photos. Audio files can be uploaded to our site if they are in a format that we
can work with (e.g. mp3s). Finished videos can be uploaded to YouTube; we will embed them
in the class website. If you use a weird format without discussing it with us, we may not
be able to see your work at all. We use Macs with some fairly standard software and might
not have your favorite software. If you are a PC person we might not be able to see work
in a weird format under any circumstances. Remember that the goal of this class is to have
everyone's work presented to best advantage on our website.
Posting of projects. All submissions will be posted on the
Class Projects page.
You can see projects in various states of completion in the
Round Three section.
Final project submissions will be posted in the
We Ship section.