All of my office hours will be held in the computer labs. I will have set office hours from 11:45 - 12:45 every MWF. I will have at least three more office hours per week. In order to better suit your schedule, I would like to be flexible with these. Please contact me if you would like to meet with me outside of the set office-hour times, and we can set up a time that fits both of our schedules. If, by the end of the week, I have not fulfilled my total quota of at least six office hours, I will make up the difference on Friday or the weekend. I will of course announce the times of these end-of-the-week office hours.
There is no required textbook for the course. Also, all of the software we will use is free. During the first few classes, I will show you how to obtain and install this software on your personal machines. We already have the software installed on the machines in the lab. In the "helpful links" section of our website there are links to the hompages for these software projects (Context Free Art, POV-Ray, and GIMP).
It is very important that you make every effort to attend class. It is much more difficult to learn the material on your own. If you miss class regularly, the chances are that you will not do as well in the course as you would have done otherwise. I will take attendance every day so that I know who attends and who does not. A prerequisite for additional help outside the classroom is regular class attendance. You are responsible for what is announced or covered in class even if you are absent.
I WILL NOT RE-TEACH CLASS LESSONS, OVER AND OVER AGAIN, TO INDIVIDUALS WHO MISS CLASS! Get to know your classmates. If you miss class, get the notes, study the notes, and try the homework. See me then with your questions.
In keeping with college policy, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations must call the Learning Differences Program secretary at 824-3017, to arrange a confidential appointment with the director of the Learning Differences Program during the first week of classes.
Fifty percent of your grade will be based on class participation. Your class participation grade will be based on your performance in two categories:
I will take attendance everyday. Please miss class ONLY if you have a legitimate, verifiable excuse, and please notify me via e-mail or in person if you are going to be absent. If you are not able to notify me before the class you miss, please notify me as soon as possible afterward.
Your assignments will be, for the most part, to construct your own pieces of artwork, using the techniques we have been covering in class. There will be a due date for each assignment, AND YOU MUST HAVE A VERIFIABLE, LEGITIMATE EXCUSE TO AVOID A PENALTY FOR A LATE ASSIGNMENT.
I will be taking notes on how you perform in these categories as we move through the course. Points will be deducted from your final class participation grade for assignments done incorrectly, unexcused late assignments, frequent late assignments(excused or not), unexcused absences, and frequent absences (excused or not).
Fifty percent of your grade will be based on class participation, twenty-five percent on your midterm performance, and twenty-five percent on your final exam performance. The exams will be paper exams, with students having no access to electronic devices of any kind. You may, however, use your notes. The final exam will be cumulative.
Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
Working the sliders below will help you understand what combinations of scores will result in particular letter grades.
F letter grade
To post grades, I will be using Moodle, a free and open-source alternative to Blackboard. I will explain how to access and use Moodle during the first week of class.