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MMEDIA 3X03A Presentation & Critique

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Chris Myhr

Email: myhrch@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 328

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23930


Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-12:30

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Outline and articulate creative interests and critical agendas in a clear, effective, and professional manner
  • Analyze form and content of work from a variety of mediums
  • Demonstrate and apply an advanced understanding of how meaning is generated through the organization and form/content 
  • Achieve effective synthesis between ideas, intent, and technical execution
  • Actively engage in critical dialogue with peers, and integrate feedback to further develop and refine ideas and creative work

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Any required readings will be posted on A2L in PDF format 
For Group Critique sessions, students should bring their work on a USB key or external hard drive for presentation on the classroom computer
Please ensure that the classroom computer has the appropriate software to present your project. You may also connect your own laptop to the classroom projector if necessary
For Peer-to-Peer Critique sessions, students should bring their own laptop or other appropriate means for sharing their project
Writing materials for taking notes during all critique sessions (no laptops will be allowed)

Method of Assessment:

3X03 is designed to help students develop and refine their current media production concepts, practices, and works through a process of presentation and review. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding that effective critique is a two-way process in which both the maker and audience members share equally in the responsibility for active learning and artistic development. Throughout the semester students will be actively engaged in both the presentation of work and the provision of constructive critical feedback on the work of their peers. 

Students will have the opportunity to present and critique work in a variety of contexts: from smaller peer-to-peer conversations to larger group sessions. Students will learn strategies for articulating the technical/conceptual frameworks which underpin their own projects, as well as methodologies and language appropriate for analysis, evaluation and formal critique.

Detailed descriptions of all assignments will be uploaded to Avenue to Learn. Depending on the nature of the assignment, work will be submitted to an Avenue to Learn Drop Box folder, and/or delivered to the instructor during class time. The breakdown is as follows:

20% Group analysis sessions (once in Fall, once in Winter - 10% each)
20% Group critique presenter performance (once during full year)
60% Group critique responder performance (seven times over full year)

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

A penalty of 5% per day will be deducted from assignments submitted late, or those not presented in the required format. Assignments will not be accepted after seven days without official documentation (see the MSAF section for details), and will receive a grade of zero. Studio work will be considered late and incomplete if not accompanied by required written work (i.e. project proposals, etc). Late studio and/or written work will not receive the benefit of detailed verbal/written feedback from the instructor or other members of the class. Extensions for late work, or accommodations for missed tests or tutorials, will be granted only upon the recommendation of a student's home faculty: please take such requests directly to your home faculty's office. 

Recommendations/appeals for extensions will not be accepted on or after project due dates, and must be received no later than 48 hours before the deadline.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

The outline below is for orientation purposes only, and is subject to change. Please consult the full and definitive syllabus posted on Avenue to Learn for any potential updates.

Semester Schedule (Subject to Change):

Fall Semester:

September 9
Course orientation
Instructor introductions and presentations on work/research
Function/merit of critique; strategies; understanding form and content; effective language/strategies/protocol
Discussion Session
Assign analysis/critique groups and works (10 groups of 3-4 students)
Analysis preparation session

September 16
Deadline to sign up for critiques
Analysis/critique presentations and discussion  (5 Groups)

September 23
Analysis/critique presentations and discussion  (5 Groups)

September 30
Consultation Session (Robert Hamilton)

October 7
Fall Peer-to-Peer Critiques
Fall Group Critiques (Round 1)

October 14
Midterm recess

October 21
Consultation Session (Chris Myhr)

October 28
Fall Group Critiques (Round 2)

November 4
Consultation Session (Robert Hamilton)

November 11
Fall Group Critiques (Round 3)

November 18
Consultation Session (Chris Myhr)

November 25
Fall Group Critiques (Round 4)

December 2
Consultation Session (Robert Hamilton and Chris Myhr)

Winter Semester:

January 6
Special Topics Discussion
Assign analysis/critique groups and works (10 groups of 3-4 students)
Analysis preparation session

January 13
Analysis/critique presentations and discussion  (5 Groups)

January 20
Analysis/critique presentations and discussion  (5 Groups)

January 27
Consultation Session (Chris Myhr)

February 3
Winter Peer-to-Peer Critiques
Winter Group Critiques (Round 1)

February 10
Consultation Session (Robert Hamilton)
February 17
Winter Group Critiques (Round 2)

February 24
Midterm recess

March 3
Consultation Session (Chris Myhr)

March 10
Winter Group Critiques (Round 3)

March 17
Consultation Week (Robert Hamilton)

March 24
Winter Group Critiques (Round 4)

March 31
Consultation Session (Robert Hamilton and Chris Myhr)

Other Course Information:

If you require special accommodation for learning or have any special needs please let me know of them as soon as possible in order that arrangements can be made. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Centre for Student Development.
The detailed and definitive version of the syllabus will be posted on Avenue to Learn. Students are responsible for consulting this document for the most up-to-date information on scheduled activities, rubrics, etc.