Create engaging and critically relevant interactive projects
Demonstrate the ability to bring a creative electronics project from concept to completion through researching tools, sourcing hardware, building circuits, and writing software
Discussion/Crits: Presentation of weekly assignments, Q/A from the labs
Lecture: Technical concepts and their history, relationship to society, and art
Lab: In class workshop of technical material
Labs are weekly skillbuilding assignments. They may include, readings, circuit building, and/or programming. Lab reports serve as documentation as well as an assessment of your understanding and an opportunity to raise questions. Requirements for each lab report will be posted with each lab assignment. Lab reports are submitted in the form of a blog post. Students can either submit a link of a list of tagged posts or can create a blog devoted entirely to the class. It is up to each student on what service they prefer (github, tumblr, wordpress, squarespace, cargo, etc.).
All class projects as well as labs need to be documented with videos, photos, and if applicable, circuit diagrams. Documentation is important not only for archiving your work, but serves as an important resource for the open source community. Submit a link to your blog through this doc.
This is based on class attendance, arriving on time, being prepared, having the necessary tools, participation in class discussion, and collegiality with peers.
The midterm is an opportunity to apply the skills from the first six weeks of the semester into a robust project.
The final is an opportunity to create a more advanced interactive project that fits within the students body of work or area of inquiry. Students will submit proposals containing a brief project statment, diagrams, timeline, and any necessary supporting material. Students will present in class to outside guests.
Turning in assignments late will result in an automatic half letter grade reduction for the assignment.
Two (2) or more unexcused abscences is grounds for failure.
Laptops will be an essential part of the course and may be used in class during workshops and for taking notes in lecture. Laptops must be closed during class discussions and student presentations. Phone use in class is strictly prohibited unless directly related to a presentation of your own work or if you are asked to do so as part of the curriculum.
A previous version of this class by Professor David Rios, from which this syllabus is heavily borrowed, can be found at this site.