Syllabus and class calendar, lectures
Syllabus for CAS110, FS13
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Office number: 271 CAS
Office hours: Tuesdays, 9 am to 11 am. Wednesdays, 3 pm to 5 pm
Class time: Tuesdays, 5:10 pm – 7 pm
Classroom: 1281 Anthony Hall
Instructor: Karl Gude
Phone: 203-856-0320 (Emergencies only, please!!)
The goal of this class is to teach students creative thinking and brainstorming skills that will give them a leg up on the competition and help them navigate professional challenges they will face in their lives. A 2010 IBM study of 1,500 CEOs from different industries around the world found that the majority of them valued creativity in new employees more than any other trait. They believe that creativity in their organizations is a critical element for their business to successfully navigate an increasingly complex world.
This class will help students cultivate their own creative abilities, teach them to work in teams and use various thinking techniques for brainstorming ideas. Specifically, students will explore:
What is creativity? Why is it important?
How do we think?
What is the creative process?
What kind of problems can it help solve?
What methods can I use to generate creative ideas?
What are critical and analytical thinking?
What is the difference between imagination, creativity and innovation?
How can I exercise creative thinking with others? Alone?
The course is a blend of lecture, demonstration and individual and group projects. Groups will to present their progress when asked. Smaller assignments will be done individually. All final work will be published on the class website or uploaded to Angel.
SECTION 1: YOU: A JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY
WEEK 1: Welcome, overview of class, importance of creativity!
- Homework (50 points): Creativity self-portrait A self discovery and evaluation lesson that puts your thoughts and beliefs on the table.
WEEK 2: What kind of creative are you? Traits of creative people. What do you require to be your most creative? What can you do to be more creative? Up down right left!!
- Homework (25 points): Make something.
WEEK 3: Challenging assumptions. Breaking patterned thinking. Tracks. Meditation.
- Homework (50 points): Mind map.
Week 4: How our brains work. Neurotransmitters. (why we are stuck in the box).
- Homework: Complete comfort zone assignment
WEEK 5: Nine+ intelligences. Breaking your comfort zone. Drawing!
Homework (50 points):
SECTION 2: IDEAS FIRST!
WEEK 6: Types of thinking: left and right brain descriptions, patterned thinking, lateral thinking, directed creativity. Beachballs!
Field day. Groups for field day. Kitchen/bathroom.
- Homework (25 points): Brainstorm field game with your group.
WEEK 7: Creativity, Innovation, Imagination.
- Homework (25 points): Creativity diagram: Fishbone
WEEK 8: Field Day!
- Homework: None
WEEK 9: Individual brainstorming with forced association. Other ways to mine ideas.
- Homework (50 points): Tina video. Concept for an ad
SECTION 3: THE CREATIVE PROCESS
WEEK 10: Just what is the creative process? Intro to final project.
WEEK 10: Brainstorming the project (idea generation). Convergent/divergent thinking.
- Homework (50 points): Brainstorm
WEEK 11: Critical thinking (analytic ability; identifying and surmounting obstacles)
- Homework (50 points): SWOT Analysis
WEEK 12: Implementing ideas (practical ability)
- Homework (50 points): Action plan
WEEK 13: No class.
WEEK 14: Presentation of five best ideas.
Assignments and points
TOTAL POINTS: 725
• Three quizzes: 150 points. (50 points each)
• Homework: 475 points (50 or 25 points each)
• Final group project: 200 points total: 100 for project*, 100 for participation**
*For the 100 points for the group project I will focus on:
- How well the group followed instructions
- The amount of effort that went into the project
- How creative your idea is. There is no completely objective way to evaluate creativity, but most creative ideas are for someone else —boss, client, etc.— who will evaluate it. I’m that guy.
** For your participation grade: Each member is expected to complete all assigned work on time and contribute to the project. Most of the individuals in a group will work hard, but there can be members who contribute little and drain a group’s energy—energy that should be used toward generating a great team project; for instance, they won’t respond to emails and don’t show up for meetings. Your participation grade will include points for turning in each of the four homework assignments (in addition to the points awarded for the homework itself) associated with it. If you do not complete the homework in time for it to be of any use to your group, then you are not contributing. The due date for completing each homework assignment is moved up to Friday after class, not the following Tuesday like other assignments. To get the full 100 points you merely have to do your homework without delay.
93 to 100: 4.0
87 to 92: 3.5
81 to 86: 3.0
74 to 80: 2.5
69 to 73: 2.0
64 to 68: 1.5
60 to 63: 1.0
below 60: 0.0
I will be giving three timed, online quizzes which cannot be made up. No make-ups, and I will NEED A NOTE from a doctor with contact information if you claim illness. All quiz material will be based on class lectures and presentations.
You are expected to attend all classes, but no attendance will be taken. Explanations of projects and demonstrations of procedures for completing projects will take place in class. All quiz material will be based on class lectures.
All work is due before class and late work will be accepted by the end of the week for a 20% deduction (see details under each assignment). After that, no late assignments will be accepted.. The communication industry lives and dies by deadlines. In this class, project deadlines are just that, final deadlines.
This class will not be held in a lab, and no equipment is provided. There is no textbook. You will need access to a computer to complete assignments and upload them to Angel.
The School of Journalism adheres to the policies on academic honesty as specified in General Student Regulations 1.0, Protection of Scholarship and Grades, and in the all-University Policy on Integrity of Scholarship and Grades, which are included in Spartan Life: 1998 Student Handbook and Resource Guide and on the MSU Web site.
Students are expected to do their own work on all assignments. Students who cheat, fabricate or plagiarize will receive a 0.0 on the assignment and may fail this course. Plagiarism means the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results or words without giving proper credit. Article 2.3.3. of the Academic Freedom Report states that “the student shares with the faculty the responsibility for maintaining the integrity of scholarship, grades, and professional standards.” In addition, the School of Journalism adheres to the policies on academic honesty as specified in General Student Regulations 1.0, Protection of Scholarship and Grades, and in the all-University Policy on Integrity of Scholarship and Grades, which are included in Spartan Life: Student and Handbook and Resource Guide.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner in the classroom. As noted in the University’s Code of Teaching Responsibility, this involves “the right of faculty members to conduct classes, and of students to participate in those classes, without interference or disruption.” Additionally, section 2.3.5 in the “Academic Freedom for Students at Michigan State University” report states that, “the student’s behavior in the classroom shall be conducive to the teaching and learning process for all concerned.” If a student’s behavior is so disruptive that it interferes with the teaching and learning process, the student may be required to leave the classroom and could be referred to the student judicial affair’s office for a disciplinary hearing.
If you need or want to request an accommodation for a disability, call the Office of Programs for Handicapper Students at 353-9642 (voice) or 355-1293 (TTY). You will be required to provide instruction from OPHS to your course instructor.