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MMEDIA 4ST6A Senior Thesis Rsrch & Prod (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2019

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. David Harris Smith

Email: dhsmith@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 303

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23248

Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:00 am–11:00 am, or by appointment



Course Objectives:

Instructors

email

Office hours

David Harris Smith

dhsmith@mcmaster.ca

TSH303 Wednesdays 9–11am

Robert Hamilton

hamiltr@mcmaster.ca

TSH315 Tuesdays 1–2pm.

Chris Myhr

myhrch@mcmaster.ca

TSH328 Wednesdays 9:30–11:20am

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.

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 substantia 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.

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Multimedia thesis students have access to the computers and software in the Multimedia Lab, Audio Lab, and access to the multimedia equipment reservation system. All other materials and resources for completion of thesis projects are the responsibility of the student. Readings relevant to your thesis proposal may be recommended by your thesis supervisor.


Method of Assessment:

All assignments are to be submitted through the Avenue to Learn course site. Detailed descriptions and assignment evaluation criteria for each assignment are included in the assignment documents posted to the course site. Group-based thesis work can only be undertaken with the approval of your thesis supervisor and will entail your supervisor developing specific evaluation criteria for each member depending upon the type of multimedia project undertaken and the division of roles and responsibilities within the group.

Item

Value

Due

Participation

Attend 5 mandatory course meetings (see schedule)

Attend advisory sessions with Advisor (scheduled meetings)

Participate in final presentations by peers (end of Winter term schedule)

10%

Term 1 & 2

Pitch

2.5%

SEP 11 & 18

Proposal

12.5%

OCT 30

Proof of Concept Work

15%

NOV 27

Proof of Concept Video

5%

DEC 4

Production Milestone

15%

FEB 12

Final Thesis Project

30%

APR 1

Final Thesis Presentation

10%

APR 7, 8, 9


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late assignments will be penalized 5% per day past the due date. 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 Integrity

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. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.

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. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at https://secretariat.mcmaster.ca/university-policies-procedures-guidelines/

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  • plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  • improper collaboration in group work.
  • copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Authenticity / Plagiarism Detection

Some courses may use a web-based service (Turnitin.com) to reveal authenticity and ownership of student submitted work. For courses using such software, students will be expected to submit their work electronically either directly to Turnitin.com or via Avenue to Learn (A2L) plagiarism detection (a service supported by Turnitin.com) so it can be checked for academic dishonesty.

Students who do not wish to submit their work through A2L and/or Turnitin.com must still submit an electronic and/or hardcopy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to Turnitin.com or A2L. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, other software, etc.). To see the Turnitin.com Policy, please go to www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity.

Courses with an On-Line Element

Some courses use on-line elements (e.g. e-mail, Avenue to Learn (A2L), LearnLink, web pages, capa, Moodle, ThinkingCap, etc.). Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of a course using these elements, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in a course that uses on-line elements will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.

Online Proctoring

Some courses may use online proctoring software for tests and exams. This software may require students to turn on their video camera, present identification, monitor and record their computer activities, and/or lockdown their browser during tests or exams. This software may be required to be installed before the exam begins.

Conduct Expectations

As a McMaster student, you have the right to experience, and the responsibility to demonstrate, respectful and dignified interactions within all of our living, learning and working communities. These expectations are described in the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the "Code"). All students share the responsibility of maintaining a positive environment for the academic and personal growth of all McMaster community members, whether in person or online.

It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students' access to these platforms.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or sas@mcmaster.ca e-mail to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy.

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.

Request for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work
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".

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO)

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students should submit their request to their Faculty Office normally within 10 working days of the beginning of term in which they anticipate a need for accommodation or to the Registrar's Office prior to their examinations. Students should also contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and tests.

Copyright and Recording

Students are advised that lectures, demonstrations, performances, and any other course material provided by an instructor include copyright protected works. The Copyright Act and copyright law protect every original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including lectures by University instructors.

The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.

Extreme Circumstances

The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.


Topics and Readings:

TERM 1 FALL 2019

Week

Date

Topic/Activity

Assignment Dates

1

SEP 4

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:

Course Introduction

 

2

SEP11

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:

Pitch Presentations

DUE: before

midnight Sept 10 -

Pitch Assignment

3

SEP 18

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:

Pitch Presentations

 

4

SEP 25

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:

Introduction to Thesis Proposal & Proof of Concept

 

5

OCT 2

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

6

OCT 9

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

 

OCT 16

NO MEETINGS  MIDTERM BREAK

 

7

OCT 23

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

8

OCT 30

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

DUE: October 30

Formal Proposal

9

NOV 6

 

 

10

NOV 13

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

11

NOV 20

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

12

NOV 27

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

Due: Nov. 27

Proof of Concept

13

DEC 4

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:

Proof of Concept Video Presentation

 

TERM 2 WINTER 2020

Week

Date

Topic/Activity

Assignment Dates

1

JAN 8

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

2

JAN 15

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

3

JAN 22

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

4

JAN 29

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

5

FEB 5

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

6

FEB 12

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

Due: Project Milestone

 

FEB 19

NO MEETINGS  MIDTERM BREAK

 

7

FEB 26

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

8

MAR 4

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

9

MAR 11

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

10

MAR 18

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

11

MAR 25

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

12

APR 1

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

Thesis Project Due

13

APR 8, 9, or 14

Mandatory Formal Presentation of Completed

Thesis Projects (part of Final Thesis Project grade). There will be six half-day sessions scheduled over the first three days following the end of classes. 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

Presentations

 


Other Course Information:

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:

  • Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  • Improper collaboration in group work.
  • 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.

Avenue to Learn Course Management

In this course we will be using McMaster’s Avenue to Learn courseware. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.

Extreme Circumstances

The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR EQUIPMENT RESERVATION/BORROWING

Revision Date: August 31, 2018

In order to use this system, reserve and borrow equipment maintained for academic use by Humanities Media and Computing (identified hereafter as HMC) for the Multimedia Program, Faculty of Humanities, it is necessary to read and accept the Terms and Conditions.

Responsibility and Liability

  1. Students are responsible for the condition and possession of all equipment borrowed.
  2. In cases where equipment is lost, stolen or damaged, the theft, loss or damage must be reported immediately (or upon return, in the case of damaged equipment) to the HMC Service Centre. Failure to report damaged, lost or stolen equipment may result in a temporary suspension of borrowing privileges.
  3. In cases where equipment is lost or stolen, the replacement value of the lost or stolen equipment will be charged to the Student Account (administered by Financial Services).
  4. In cases where equipment is damaged, the replacement value of the damaged equipment will be charged to the Student Account (administered by Financial Services).
  5. In cases where equipment is returned to HMC in damaged condition, HMC reserves the right to levy an amount equal to the cost of repair to the borrower.  You will be notified upon return or via email after returning equipment if repair fees are levied on your account.
  6. In cases, where equipment needs to be repaired or replaced, borrowing privileges will be suspended until one of two conditions have been met:
    i) an online ‘Appeal Form’ is submitted for review (see below for details) or
    ii) an online ‘Appeal waiver Form is submitted
    See the ‘Waivers and Appeals’ section below fore further details.
  7. Students are financially responsible for the replacement value of damaged or lost equipment. As noted above, students must provide the replacement value in the form of cheque or money order made out to McMaster University and provided to HMC. Under no circumstances should students undertake to replace or repair the equipment on their own.

Reserving and Borrowing Equipment

  1. Equipment may be reserved online and picked up from the Service Centre.
  2. Reserved equipment must be picked up between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm on the date listed in the reservation.
  3. Equipment not under reservation may be borrowed on a first-come, first-serve basis from the HMC Service Centre. 
  4. A valid student card must be presented to HMC Service Centre Staff when borrowing equipment.  Failure to present a valid student card will result in a temporary suspension of borrowing privileges (until such a time as a valid student card is produced).
  5. Equipment must be returned by noon (12:00 p.m.) the next working day.  A thirty (30) minute grace period, ending at 12:30 pm, applies to all return times.
  6. Equipment can be reserved every second day per person.
  7. Equipment signed out on Fridays must be returned on Mondays by 12:00 p.m.
  8. Equipment can be reserved up to one week ahead of pick up.

Late Fees

  1.  Late fees levied against student borrowing privileges will be administered by HMC and passed to Financial services (Student Accounts) as detailed below.
  2. Students have up to three (3) working days to submit an appeal before the amount outstanding is levied against McMaster Student Accounts (administered by Financial Services).
  3.  Equipment cannot be borrowed if fees are outstanding unless:
    i) an appeal form is submitted online (see below for more details) or
    ii) a waiver of appeal form is submitted online (see below for more details)
    In either case, borrowing privileges are immediately restored.
  4.  In cases where equipment is not returned on time, the late fee calculated on the system will be the amount levied against your McMaster Student Account (administered by Financial Services).
  5.  As a courtesy to other students, all equipment is due back to HMC by 12:00 pm (noon) the day after it is borrowed.
  6.  As a courtesy, a thirty (30) minute grace period shall be extended to accommodate unforeseen circumstances.
  7.  Late Fees for failing to return equipment by 12:30 pm (after the end of the thirty (30) minute grace period the next business day after borrowing) will be calculated as follows:
    On the Scheduled Day of Return
    After 12:30 pm - $20.00
    (Total for one day late = $20.00)
    Each Day Thereafter at 12:00 pm (late fee per day): $20.00
  8.  HMC Service Centre Staff are not permitted to waive fees or grant extensions.  Extensions may only be granted by sponsoring instructors (see the ‘Extensions’ section below for details).

Waivers and Appeals

  1.  HMC staff cannot waive fees, adjudicate appeals or grant extensions.
  2.  Students may appeal their fees using the online ‘Appeal Form’ (linked via the Equipment Booking System).
  3. Students have three (3) business days to submit an appeal before their fees are automatically applied to their Student Account (administered by Financial services).
  4.  Fees include late penalties, replacement or repair fees (as detailed above).
  5.  The Chair of the Multimedia Program shall adjudicate all appeals, consulting with instructors and HMC staff members at the Chair’s discretion, and render a decision.
  6.  The Chair’s decision is final (cannot be appealed) and may take up to five (5) business days.
  7.  Borrowing privileges are immediately restored upon submission of an Appeal Form.
  8.  Students not wishing to submit an appeal may choose to submit an online ‘Appeal Waiver Form’.
  9.  Submission of an online ‘Appeal Waiver Form’ automatically transfers outstanding fees to the Student Account (administered by Financial Services).
  10.  Borrowing privileges are immediately restored upon submission of an ‘Appeal Waiver Form’.

Extensions

  1.  HMC Service Centre Staff are not authorized to grant extensions on the length of the borrowing term.
  2.  In rare circumstances, Multimedia instructors may opt to grant extensions.  Students may request extensions from instructors using the online ‘Extension Request Form’.
  3.  Alternatively, you may request an extension from your instructor.  In such cases, an instructor will need to communicate the extension via email to the Director of I.T., Faculty of Humanities (or delegate). 
  4.  Extension requests must be processed twelve (12) hours in advance of borrowing.  Failure to request an extension will not prevent late fees and/or suspension of borrowing privileges.

Communications

In submitting this form, you agree to the Terms and Conditioned detailed above.  Additionally, you agree to receive messages from the booking system to notify you of changes to the status of reserved or borrowed equipment and/or waiver and appeal notices. 

System communications will be sent to your McMaster email account from: booked@mcmaster.ca.

Please note that this address is a system ‘send mail’ address only.  It is not used for receiving email or corresponding.  Email sent to this system is automatically deleted.