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Over the course of the semester, you will document your thoughts and ideas in response to the readings in the form of design responses. These are both informal documents. A design response identifies a specific idea from the reading that caught your attention, and exploring its implications through a rough design sketch, annotated with thoughts about how the design relates to, extends, challenges, or otherwise explores the idea you chose to respond to. Every Sunday starting Sept 17, you will submit responses to your choice of 2 of the upcoming week's readings; on weeks where there is only one class, you only need to submit one response. You should expect each design response to take about 20-30 minutes to execute.
In the first unit of the course, we will build up to full design responses through predesign responses, in which you identify and respond to an idea of your choice from the text in simple written form. You will also hand in predesign responses rather than full design responses on weeks when you have a miniproject due.
Your participation in class is not directly graded, but it is essential to your success in the course. This is not a lecture course; the class format is interactive and activities-based. In class we will analyze, build on, and debate about the course readings; practice design skills; work on homeworks; and engage in other activities to aid your facility in the course material. If you miss class, you are strongly recommended to review not only the class slides (which are often minimalist) but also notes from one of your co-students.
Over the course of the semester, we will have
at least 5 unscheduled, brief pop quizzes in class. The purpose of these quizzes is to reward (a) attendance, (b) doing the readings ahead of time, and (c) paying attention in lecture. If you come to class having read through the readings and don't zone out, you can expect to do very well on these. Your lowest grade on the quizzes is dropped.
Over the course of the semester, you will have 5 design mini-projects which will help you develop facility in the design methods we are learning about in the course. For example, you may develop a design activity, try it out in class on your classmates, and then document the results.
The final exam will be a written exam involving a critically engaged design analysis and exploration on an assigned topic in current events. The exam, minus the topic, will be released in November so that you can prepare for it.
Grading is not just a matter of numbers, but also of judgment. The instructor reserves the right to adjust grades by up to half a letter grade based on knowledge of your performance not summed up in this tidy formula.
My expectation is that you are generally aware of the need for academic integrity and self-motivated to achieve it. Issues with academic integrity that have come up in my courses in the past have been frequently due to students being unaware of the specific requirements of academic integrity at Cornell, rather than students trying to "game the system" for their own advantage. Some examples of situations I have encountered include: