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MMEDIA 4ST6A Senior Thesis Rsrch & Prod (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2018

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Mactavish

Email: mactavis@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 308A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 21679

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:30 - 3:30



Course Objectives:

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:

 

Item

Value

Due

­­Participation

Attend course meetings

Attend advisory sessions with Advisor

Participate in final presentations by peers

10%

Term 1 & 2

The Pitch

2.5%

Sept 12 & 19

Thesis Project Proposal

12.5%

Oct 31

Proof of Concept Work

15%

Nov 28

Proof of Concept Video

5%

Dec. 4

Production Milestone

15%

Feb 13

Final Thesis Project

30%

April 3

Final Thesis Presentation

10%

April 11, 12 & 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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 CLASS SCHEDULE:

Wk

Dates

Topic and Activity

Assignment Dates

1

Sept 5

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:

Course Introduction

 

2

Sept 12

 

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:
Pitch Presentations

 

DUE: before midnight Sept 11 - Pitch Assignment

3

Sept 19

 

 

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:
Pitch Presentations

 

DUE: before midnight Sept 18 - Pitch Assignment

4

Sept 26

 

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

 

5

Oct 3

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

6

Oct 10

NO MEETINGS  - MIDTERM BREAK

 

 

Oct 17

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

7

Oct 24

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

8

Oct 31

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

DUE: October 31 Formal Proposal

9

Nov 7

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

10

Nov 14

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

11

Nov 21

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

12

Nov 28

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

Due: Nov. 28

Proof of Concept

13

Dec 5

MANDATORY COURSE MEETING:

Proof of Concept Video Presentation

 

 

TERM 2 CLASS SCHEDULE:

Wk

Dates

Topic and Activity

Assignment Dates

1

Jan. 9

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

2

Jan. 16

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

3

Jan. 23

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

4

Jan. 30

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

5

Feb. 6

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

6

Feb. 13

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

Due: Project Milestone

 

Feb. 20

NO CLASSES: READING WEEK

 

7

Feb. 27

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

8

March 6

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

9

March 13

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

10

March 20

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

11

March 27

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

 

12

April 3

Scheduled Individual Meetings with Advisor

Thesis Project Due

13

TBA

MANDATORY COURSE MEETINGS

April 11,12,15 - 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 of 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 Presentations