Syllabus – Old

NMIX 4510
New Media Capstone
Fall 2017

Class: TR 3:30-4:45pm, Journalism 412


John Weatherford – / Journalism 403G

Emuel Aldridge – / Journalism 403E

Chris Gerlach – / Journalism 403D

Office Hours: Weatherford: M 1:15-2:15pm, TR 1:00-3:30pm; Aldridge: MW 1:00-3:00pm, TR 2-3pm; Gerlach: 11am-1pm MTR;


Learn to conceptualize, plan, execute, and present new media products.


All class content will be posted to

Attendance and Class Participation

As you will with much in life, you will get out of this class what you put into it. You’re expected to come to class regularly. Life, however, is full, and conflicts, illnesses, and extraordinary opportunities may arise. Therefore, you may miss up to four classes without any direct penalty; I make no distinction between excused and unexcused absences. Because missing class affects your ability to be an effective member of our learning community, if you miss more than four classes, expect to have a meeting with me to discuss your ability to remain enrolled in the class.

In terms of participation, I expect you to be present in class both mentally and physically.

Ask questions. Take good notes (we’ll talk about this). Don’t screw around on your devices (we’ll talk about class technology policies, too). When you work in pairs or in groups, work eagerly and enthusiastically. In short, be the sort of person you’d want to be in class with. Do all this, and not only will you earn a great participation grade, but you’ll also get a hell of a lot more out of the class and make class better for everyone else—me included!—too.

Make-Up Work

You are expected to complete and turn in your work by the due date.  Late assignments will be accepted only at the instructor’s discretion.  Assignments will lose points for every day missed, including weekends.

NMI Social Media Policies

All NMI students are strongly encouraged to follow our social media policies. Complete these steps during the first week of class:

Social Media Policies

If you have any concerns or hesitations about any of these social media assignments, please contact us—alternative arrangements can be made.


Please save all but the most urgent of questions for class. We do check email fairly regularly, so there’s a chance (but not a guarantee) that I might respond to emails in the evening during the week or during the weekend. Please write all emails up to professional standards (we’ll discuss this in class). Try to solve all problems on your own (Googling, asking classmates, etc.) before contacting me.

Access Policy

If you have a disability and require reasonable classroom accommodations, please see me after class or make an appointment during office hours. If you plan to request accommodations for a disability, please register with the Disability Resource Center at Clark Howell Hall.

Office Hours

In addition to the times posted at the top of the syllabus, I’ll frequently (though not always!) be in my office during regular business hours. You’re welcome to come by and see me with any questions, concerns, or just to say hi. I work with my door closed, but you’re always welcome to come in! The best way to meet with me is to make an appointment via email.

Academic Honesty

As a University of Georgia Student, you have agreed to abide by the University’s academic honesty policy, “A Culture of Honesty”, and the Student Honor Code.  All academic work must meet the standards described in “A Culture of Honesty” found at:   Lack of knowledge of the academic honesty policy is not a reasonable explanation for a violation.  

Read the entire policy online, but the short story is: don’t cheat—the punishments for violations of the Academic Honesty Policy are severe. You are expected to do your own work and to report individuals who do not do their own work. Questions related to course assignments and the academic honesty policy should be directed to the instructor.

Changes to Course Syllabus

The course syllabus is a general plan; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.

Assignments and Calendar


10 points NMI Portfolio

15 points Team

   3 points Collector’s card

   5 points Team role contract

   2 points Mid-term peer evaluations I

   2 points Mid-term peer evaluations II

   3 points Final peer evaluations

10 points Understand → Plan

   4 points Individual research

   3 points Project plan

   3 points Project plan presentation

10 points Imagine → Prototype

   4 points Wireframe

   3 points Wireframe Presentation

   3 points Assignment checkpoints (team contract updates + project website)

15 points Iterate → Beta

   5 points Project beta

   5 points Beta presentation

   5 points Assignment checkpoints (blog post, website + team contract updates)

40 points Build-out → SLAM

   5 points Operational project

   5 points One-pager / handout

   5 points Project poster

   5 points Project website

   5 points Project trailer

   5 points Booth presentation

   5 points Stage presentation

   5 points Debrief

100 points total


8/15 Tues. Brief welcome
8/17 Thurs. Welcome; course + syllabus overview
8/22 Tues. Collector’s cards + Google Form due + Resume Uploaded (see below schedule); group interviews
8/24 Thurs. Project teams assigned; first assignments overview; class photos
8/29 Tues. Work day
8/31 Thurs. Team role contracts due; work day
9/5 Tues. Individual research due; presentation and Project Plan prep + feedback
9/7 Thurs. Work day
9/12 Tues. Project Plan presentations; Project Plans due
9/14 Thurs. Imagine → Prototype assignments overview; work day
9/19 Tues.
9/21 Thurs.
9/26 Tues. Presentation and wireframe prep + feedback
9/28 Thurs. Prototype presentations, day one; all Understand → Plan assignments due (wireframe, peer evaluations one, project website early draft)
10/3 Tues. Midterm (2/27); Prototype presentations, day two
10/5 Thurs.  Iterate → Beta assignments overview
10/10 Tues.
10/12 Thurs.
10/17 Tues. Withdrawal deadline (3/20)
10/19 Thurs. Discussion of all final work projects
10/24 Tues. Blog post rough drafts due; blog post edits in class.
10/26 Thurs.
10/31 Tues. Beta presentations; all Iterate → Beta assignments due (project beta, project blog post, project website rough draft, peer evaluations two)
11/2 Thurs.
11/7 Tues.
11/9 Thurs.
11/14 Tues. Stage presentation workshop
11/16 Thurs. Stage presentations day one
11/28 Tues. Stage presentations day two
11/30 Thurs. Booth presentations; all final work due (Operational project, one-pager/takeaway, project poster, project website, project promo)
12/9 SLAM
12/12, 3:30-6:30pm Debriefing; Final peer evaluations due

Grading Scale:

A 95-100 C+ 77-79.99
A- 90-94.99 C 73-76.99
B+ 87-89.99 C- 70-72.99
B 83-86.99 D 60-69.99
B- 80-82.99 F 59.99 and Below

Uploading Your Resumé

Save your resume as a PDF.

  1. Title it as firstname_lastname. E.g. john_doe.pdf
  2. Upload the file to THIS Google Drive folder.
    1. You will need to add the folder to your Google Drive in order to upload your file.