The Design Mindset: Fall 2018

Grading and Policies

Course Grading

  • 25% Class Preparation & Participation
  • 40% Group Projects
  • 25% Individual Homework Assignments
  • 10% Digital Journal Submission


Course Grading Scale

77-79C+Below 60F


Assignment Grade Criteria

Pass-High (100%)The assignment consistently exceeds expectations. It demonstrates originality of thought and creativity throughout. Beyond completing all of the required elements, new concepts and ideas are detailed that transcend general discussions along similar topic areas. There are few mechanical, grammatical or organizational issues that detract from the presented ideas.
Pass (80%)The assignment consistently meets expectations. It contains all the information prescribed for the assignment and demonstrates a command of the subject matter. There is sufficient detail to cover the subject completely but not too much as to be distracting. There may be some procedural issues, such as grammar or organizational challenges, but these do not significantly detract from the intended assignment goals.
Fail (60%)The assignment fails to consistently meet expectations. That is, the assignment is complete but contains problems that detract from the intended goals. These issues may be relating to content detail, be grammatical, or be a general lack of clarity. Other problems might include not fully following assignment directions.
Missing/Late (0%)Missing or late assignment.




Attendance Policy:

Attendance for the class sessions is mandatory. Given the collaborative nature of the workshops and group interactions, it is not possible to replicate the experience or make up the work missed. Students may miss the equivalent of 2 class session: 2 3/4 hours.  Any students who have a conflict with more than the equivalent of 1 weekly session should speak to their advisor and plan to register for a later section.

Tardiness disrupts the flow of class activities. Entering and leaving the room during the class similarly distracts both students and the instructor and conveys a disregard for the material being discussed. Repeated tardiness will result in a deduction from your class participation score.

Academic Honesty

Learning is both an individual and a cooperative undertaking. Asking for and giving help freely in all appropriate setting helps you to learn. You should represent only your own work as your own. Personal integrity is the basis for intellectual and academic integrity. Academic integrity is the basis for academic freedom and the University’s position of influence and trust in our society. University and school rules and standards define and prohibit “academic misconduct” by all members of the academic community including students. You are asked and expected to be familiar with these standards and to abide by them. A link to Temple’s Policy on Academic Dishonesty can be found at the following link, Temple’s Policy.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism and academic dishonesty can take many forms. The most obvious is copying from another student’s exam, but the following are also forms of this:

  • Copying material directly from the Internet (or another source) without a proper citation crediting the author
  • Turning in an assignment from a previous semester as if it were your own
  • Having someone else complete your lab assignment and submitting it as if it were your own
  • Signing someone else’s name to an attendance sign-in sheet
  • Use of assignments completed in one class as any part of a project assigned in another class
  • Sharing/copying homework assignments.
  • Use of unauthorized notes during an examination
  • In cases of cheating, both parties will be held equally responsible, i.e. both the student who shares the work and the student who copies the work.

Behavior like this will not be tolerated in this class. Penalties for such actions are given at my discretion, and can range from a failing grade for the individual assignment, to a failing grade for the entire course.

If you use text, figures, and data in reports that was created by others you must identify the source and clearly differentiate your work from the material that you are referencing. If you fail to do so, you are plagiarizing.

There are many different acceptable formats that you can use to cite the work of others (see some of the resources below). The formats are not as important as the intent. You must clearly show the reader what is your work and what is a reference to somebody else’s work.

Plagiarism is a serious offence and could lead to reduced or failing grades and/or expulsion from the university. The Temple University Student Code of Conduct specifically prohibits plagiarism, see Code of Conduct.

The following excerpt defines plagiarism:

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person’s labor, another person’s ideas, another person’s words, another person’s assistance. Normally, all work done for courses — papers, examinations, homework exercises, laboratory reports, oral presentations — is expected to be the individual effort of the student presenting the work. Any assistance must be reported to the instructor. If the work has entailed consulting other resources — journals, books, or other media — these resources must be cited in a manner appropriate to the course. It is the instructor’s responsibility to indicate the appropriate manner of citation. Everything used from other sources — suggestions for organization of ideas, ideas themselves, or actual language — must be cited. Failure to cite borrowed material constitutes plagiarism. Undocumented use of materials from the World Wide Web is plagiarism.

 Source: Temple University Undergraduate Bulletin, 2017-2018. Available online at Bulletin.

For a more detailed description of plagiarism, see Princeton University Writing Center on Plagiarism.

How to successfully quote and reference material, see University of Wisconsin Writers Handbook.

How to cite electronic sources

See Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association

References and Resources

Temple University Student Success Center

Disability Statement

Any student who has need of accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Temple University’s Disability Resources and Services (DRS) office at (215)204-1280 at 100 Ritter Annex to coordinate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact your instructor and the DRS within the first week of class, at the beginning of the semester. DRS will establish your needs, and make necessary arrangements with faculty. If you choose not to contact DRS, and have difficulty, you will be unable to receive accommodations retroactively, once exams are completed and/or course grades are submitted. Such decisions are made jointly between the DRS office and the instructor, at their discretion based on circumstances. Accommodation letters must be received by the instructor during the first two weeks of the semester.

Student and Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

Freedom to teach and learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The University has a policy on Student and Faculty and Academic Rights and Responsibilities (Policy #03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following links:


Bulletin – Academic Rights and Responsibilities

 Student Concerns Guidelines

The Grievance Procedure is available on the Fox Web Site