Expectations

Grading

Engagement (including attendance) 25%; Assignments 50%

Attendance and engagement policy

We have quite a strict attendance policy for Persuasion, and will be taking attendance at each meeting. Engagement, including attendance, is worth 25% of your final grade. Particularly for the Fundamentals of Experience module, the course is structured around student participation, and if you’re not here, you’re not participating. Also, because of the practical nature of much of the work, there is no way for you to ‘make up’ aspects of this course—it’s not just about the content, but about being culturally in step with your colleagues. So, please do not miss class and do not arrive late, or leave early.

Attribution policy

We are also going to be strict on attribution, as part of helping you develop a professional approach to your work. During this course, you will be collecting and using lots of images, text and other media from various sources, online and in the real world, as well as taking photos and video yourself. It is essential that you attribute where you get these materials from, if they are not your own creation. And if they are your own creation, tell us, so we know. If you build on or modify others’ work, you need to state this. We will give you examples, but we want you to get into good habits, and missing attribution will count against you in grading. Carnegie Mellon’s official plagiarism policy and advice is here: https://www.cmu.edu/academic-integrity/plagiarism/index.html

Communicate with us

If you have questions outside of class please e-mail. We will respond to you as soon as possible. Keep in mind, instructors generally won’t be checking e-mail late in the evenings and during the weekends. The questions and comments we receive from students are often relevant to the entire class. Therefore, we will frequently use e-mail as a means of distributing pertinent project information to all of you. Please check email often so that you are not left out of the loop.

If at any point you’d like additional feedback on your performance please don’t hesitate to request it.

Take care of yourself

Do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle this semester by eating well, exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, getting enough sleep and taking some time to relax. This will help you achieve your goals and cope with stress. All of us benefit from support during times of struggle. You are not alone. There are many helpful resources available on campus and an important part of the college experience is learning how to ask for help. Asking for support sooner rather than later is often helpful.

If you or anyone you know experiences any academic stress, difficult life events, or feelings like anxiety or depression, we strongly encourage you to seek support. Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) is here to help: call 412-268-2922 and visit their website at http://www.cmu.edu/counseling/. Consider reaching out to a friend, faculty or family member you trust for help getting connected to the support that can help. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or in danger of self-harm, call someone immediately, day or night:

CaPS: 412-268-2922
Re:solve Crisis Network: 888-796-8226

If the situation is life threatening, call the police:

On campus CMU Police: 412-268-2323
Off campus: 911

If you have questions about this or your coursework, please let us know.