Grading Policies

This is a studio/project-based class with time devoted to lecture, in-class activities, student presentations, and design crits. Grades will reflect individual performance, process documentation, class attendance, and team participation. Some of the assignments involve printing and materials costs; each student should expect to spend $40-70 for printing and material fees for the quarter (more info on this soon).  

Attendance for both class and studio sections is mandatory. This is especially important for critique-based courses where we only have a total of 20 sessions together.  Students are expected to arrive at class on time, participate during in-class activities and discussions, and be a good team member. As a show of respect to fellow students, laptops and cellphones should remain off unless the instructor explicitly permits them for class activities. During crits, students are expected to offer constructive criticism on their classmates' work. If students must miss class for an excusable reason, get permission IN ADVANCE from the TAs and keep teammates informed. Students can have one excused absence from lecture and one excused absence from section; above that, points will be removed from the participation grade. If the student has an excused absent on a quiz day, students can take make-up quizzes within one week of when the original quiz is administered.

Grading breakdown:
  •   5%  A1, Type Warmup   
  • 15%   A2, Poster Design
  • 10%   A3, Egg Drop Device
  • 50%   A4, Final Kiosk Project
  • 10%   Reading quizzes and reflections
  • 10%   Class attendance and participation

Team peer evaluation can influence an individual’s assignment grade by up to 10% (-5% to +5%). 

References and Cheating
    In all your work in this class, you should use any sources of information you can: search results, news sources, scholarly papers, personal contacts, and outside faculty. Then you should acknowledge them with specific footnotes or hyperlinks. Specify each source well enough that a reader can find it. We will reward you for using sources of help and penalize you for using none. If you cut and paste content from elsewhere, use quotation marks and footnote.

    Not acknowledging your citations is an ethical failure, but failing to seek help limits your effectiveness.

    Getting help without acknowledgement is considered cheating. Even if you think you might have received inappropriate help (e.g. having someone else contribute too much to a report), describe it in the references and you will not be accused of cheating.

    Should any student be found guilty of cheating on a quiz, exam, or assignment, the University will be notified. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, and at the discretion of the instructor and the Department Head, a student may be failed in the course and may be expelled from the University. A student can appeal any faculty decision to the UC San Diego Academic Senate.