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MMEDIA 4ST6A Senior Thesis Rsrch & Prod

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. David Ogborn

Email: ogbornd@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 306

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27603

Website:

Office Hours: See below for details



Course Objectives:

Class Meeting time: Wednesday 11:30 pm – 2:20 pm
Location:           TSH 201
Instructors:       Andrew Mactavish, mactavis@mcmaster.ca (office hours: Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:30)
                           David Ogborn ogbornd@mcmaster.ca (office hours: Tuesdays, 1:30 -2:30)
                           Liss Platt plattl@mcmaster.ca (office hours: Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:30)
Course Management Site: Avenue to Learn

Course Description:

The Senior Thesis Project provides you with an opportunity to pursue individual advanced multimedia projects under supervision. In the fall semester of the course, working either alone or collaboratively, you will pitch a creative project, conduct a scholarly review of relevant literature and works, compose a thesis proposal document, and create a proof of concept work for your Multimedia Senior Thesis Project. You will execute the full production and completion of your thesis project in this course in the winter term.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

N/A


Method of Assessment:

Evaluation:

Item

Value

Due

­­Participation

Attend course meetings

Attend advisory sessions with Supervisor

Participate in final presentations by peers

10%

Term 1 & 2

The Pitch

2.5%

Sept 13 & 20

Thesis Project Proposal

12.5%

Nov 1

Proof of Concept Work

20%

Nov 29

Production Milestone

15%

Feb 14

Final Thesis Project

40%

April 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thesis Guidelines:

You will propose, research and develop a creative major project in a single or combined media format. Your multimedia thesis work must fulfill standards of scholarship associated with traditional academic theses: It must entail a significant research component; it must constitute an original and creative contribution to the field; it must demonstrate depth and breadth of theoretical and practical knowledge of the media form and content of your project.

Thesis Objectives:

Your thesis work must have a research or research/creation objective. Your thesis project may be the result of self-directed inquiry, or may be the result of a collaborative inquiry with peers, or may result from your participation in faculty-led research. Third party client-based projects and projects that merely fulfill the multimedia objectives of others are not permitted. In all cases, you must have significant creative autonomy, research participation, and substantial contribution to the form and content of the submitted work.

Thesis Media/Medium Requirements:

Thesis projects may utilize any media or combined media formats. Experimental approaches are welcomed. You should utilize technology, mediums, and styles that most effectively express your ideas and content. Serious consideration should be given to the relationship between form and content.

Submission of Assignments: All written assignments will be in pdf format. All assignments must be uploaded to A2L on the date they are due (before midnight). 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late and Back-up Assignment Policy: Late assignments will be penalized 5% per day past the due date.  Extensions will be given only for documented medical and compassionate reasons. All assigned work must be submitted according to submission requirements stated in the assignment description documents.  Always maintain electronic or other back-up copies of whatever you submit.  


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:

TERM 1 CLASS SCHEDULE:

Wk

Dates

Topic and Activity

Assignment Dates

1

Sept 6

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:

Course Introduction

 

2

Sept 13

 

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:
Pitch Presentations

 

DUE: by midnight Sept 12 - Pitch Assignment

3

Sept 20

 

 

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:
Pitch Presentations

 

DUE: by midnight Sept 19 - Pitch Assignment

4

Sept 27

 

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:
Introduction to Thesis Proposal & Proof of Concept

 

5

Oct 4

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

6

Oct 11

NO MEETINGS  - MIDTERM BREAK

 

 

Oct 18

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

7

Oct 25

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

8

Nov 1

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

DUE: November 1 Formal Proposal

9

Nov 8

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

10

Nov 15

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

11

Nov 22

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

12

Nov 29

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

Due: Nov. 29

Proof of Concept

13

Dec 6

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:

Proof of Concept Video Prresentation

 

 

TERM 2 CLASS SCHEDULE:

Wk

Dates

Topic and Activity

Assignment Dates

1

Jan. 10

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

2

Jan. 17

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

3

Jan. 24

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

4

Jan. 31

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

5

Feb. 7

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

6

Feb. 14

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

Due: Project Milestone

 

Feb. 21

NO CLASSES: READING WEEK

 

7

Feb. 28

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

8

March 7

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

9

March 14

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

10

March 21

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

11

March 28

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

12

April 4

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

Thesis Project

13

TBA

MANDATORY COURSE MEETINGS

April 10,11,13 - Mandatory Formal Presentation of Completed Thesis Projects (part of Final Thesis Project grade). There will be six half-day sessions scheduled early in the examination period. Students are required to sign up to formally present their thesis in one of these sessions, and to attend three or more sessions in support of their colleagues.

 

Due: Final Projects and Presentations