Grading Breakdown:

This course has no final examination.   Instead, your grade is based in engagement, regular completion of assignments, and major projects at the end of each unit.

  • 20% Participation *
  • 16% Activities (Watch & Respond, Read & Respond, p5.js sketches, Max/MSP patches) **
  • 16% Project 1: Game Design
  • 16% Project 2: Media Computation
  • 16% Project 3: Physical Computing
  • 16% Project 4: Music Technology


    Participation is not about how much you say during class; it’s a combination of attendance, attention, and doing your part to keep the class engaging and on track.

    In online sessions, logging on late or not at all during class time may affect the participation grade for that day. Please notify me via Slack if you know you’re going to miss a class.   If you’re working on a group project, make yourself accountable to your teammates, and try to stay in contact and up to date.

    To make up part or all of the grade for a missed class, review the relevant Class notes on the home page and write a thorough response (~500 words) that answers any embedded questions, showing that you read all of the notes/slides, watched the videos, and explored any links/URLs–DM this response via Slack before the next class.


I will give a boost of a couple points for any assignments that are complete and are submitted more than 24 hours before the due date/time.

In your written responses, please make sure to address all parts of the assignment (W&R, R&R, answering all of the questions and/or bullet points), so that you demonstrate that you watched the videos and/or read and understood the readings.

Try to be as specific as you can.  Avoid making broad/general/hyperbolic statements, repeating phrases, using the word “things,” and so forth. As an example: “It was great.”  What was great?  What was so great about it, what made it great?  Each sentence should add something unique. Include specific examples and cite any quote sources (e.g., use parenthetical citations).

Carefully construct your sentences for clarity, and check spelling, grammar and punctuation (e.g. via Grammarly). These are all part of having a professional presentation and will help you be taken seriously in your studies and in your professional life. 

Ultimately, the quality of your thinking, your ability to make meaningful connections, and demonstrating that you’re learning from each assignment is what matters the most in the long run.  

All assignments, code and project deliverables must be submitted by the due dates. Any late assignment or project submission will continue to drop one letter grade per class session that it is late. If you experience extenuating circumstances, please keep your instructor informed.

Please see the syllabus PDF for the Grading Rubric chart, and the notes above. (Keep in mind that what I say during class time, in response to what you say and/or your work, may not correlate to the letter grades, so if you want to know where you stand, please DM me.)

• Excellent  (A: 90-100)
• Good (B: 80-89)
• Satisfactory (C: 70-79)
• Poor (D: 60-69)
• Unacceptable (F: 0-59)