Assignments Guidelines

Reading assignments: Weekly reading assignments with viewing of related resources are required for class participation, weekly blog discussions and to complete the midterm and final projects effectively. Students should work with the professor throughout the quarter regarding their research topics for the midterm and final projects.

Blogs: Students will do weekly blogs related to the topics covered and comment on their peers’ blogs. Specifically, they will be looking at the daily news and / or researching books or other resources related to the subject. The blog will be reviewed weekly and graded according to content adequacy and research involved. Blogs should be reflective of the understanding of the material presented in the lectures and readings. Each blog should be between no less than 500 and no more than 1000 words and you are required to have at least 3 embedded images and/or videos, 5 sources/links each and citation of the resources. Your weekly blog should be posted no later than Tuesday at 11:59 pm of each week.

Attend Three (3) Events: Students are expected to attend three (3) local art / science activities or events and blog about their experience as it pertains to what they are learning in this course. All events are local, easy to attend, and related to course topics. A list of events and criteria will posted under weekly assignments

Extra Credit: If you would like to attend more events, you are encouraged to do so for extra credit. You can attend up to three (3) more events, following the events assignment criteria, for two (2) extra points toward your grade.

Midterm and Final

Midterm: Students will prepare a proposal for a project based on material that was discussed in weeks 1-4. All proposals will be submitted as a PowerPoint type presentation using a template provided by the Professor. All presentations must include notes which explain the images used and sources citation. Examples from previous years are provided on the course website.

The objective for the midterm project is to develop a presentation that covers the concept that interested you most and how you see it applied in practice in a proposed project. The midterm is a 10 page presentation. Students are required to post their Midterm Presentation in pdf format by Tuesday at 11:59 pm. Email your professor the presentation.

Final: Students will pick two topics to write about and together create a book. See example book created last year by Honors 177 class. This will be discussed and planned together in the last three weeks of class.

A final letter grade is based on the assignments (midterm presentation—20 %, final project—30 %, blog journal—30 %, events attendance+blogging-10%, class participation + attendance + effort – 10 percent).