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 project performance, process documentation, class attendance, and team participation. Throughout the quarter, interactions with online crowds will provide students an external source of feedback. Students should allow these interactions to shape their design concepts.

Attendance is mandatory. 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 instructor and keep teammates informed.

Grading breakdown:
  • 10%   A1, Generating ideas
  • 5%     Team contract 
  • 15%   A2, Discovering competitors
  • 20%   A3, Creating scenarios
  • 25%   A4, Launching probes
  • 25%   A5, Pitching your innovation

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

Reading quiz scores can also influence an individual student’s grade by up to 10% (-5% to +5%).

Poor attendance can also decrease an individual student’s grade by up to 10% (one letter grade).

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.