Principles of New Media, CIS 3810, Fall 2018

When:  Tu/Th, 5:50-7:05 pm
Where: Classroom #, Building
Instructor: Professor Dumbledore
Email: dumbledore@hogwarts.wiz
Office Hours: Thurs. 4:30-5:30 pm or by appt.
Office Location: H-123, Headmaster Tower

Syllabus Sections

  • Course Platform: CUNY Academic Commons
    • How to Post & Post Guidelines
  • Texts & Materials
  • Course Requirements & Grading
  • Assignments
  • Course Schedule
  • Student Etiquette and Responsibilities
  • Student Resources

Click here for a PDF version of the syllabus and course schedule: [Link to PDF of this Syllabus]

Course Platform Information: CUNY Academic Commons

All class information, readings, and documents will be uploaded or linked to from this site on the CUNY Academic Commons. To access this content sign into the Commons. Navigate to Sites > My Sites. (If needed: You can access our course group here [link])

To fully participate in this course you will need access to your CUNY email and a stable, secure internet connection.

How to Post

  • Sign in to the Commons
  • Navigate to this course site [link to course site] via Sites > My Sites
  • Click  + New>Post in the top black admin bar
  • Add title and post text
  • Categorize your post from category list in post editor right sidebar
  • Click Publish to Post

Post Guidelines

  • Posts should be at least 250 words
  • Posts should be relevant to the course topic and materials
  • Posts should not contain graphic, explicit, or inappropriate content or links
  • Posts should be clearly written
  • Posts should be respectful to the instructor, students, and all other individuals
  • The instructor reserves the right to edit or remove any posts that do not follow these guidelines or are inappropriate for this site

Text and Materials  

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Tagliaferre, Lisa. How to Code in Python 3. DigitalOcean. 2017.

Course Requirements & Grading

Optional Grading Categories

  • Participation, Attendance, Attitude: 15%
  • Blog Posts (12): 25%
  • Quizzes (10): 15%
  • Midterm “Short Guide”: 15%
  • Final Website Project 15%
  • Final Exam: 15%

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Participation, Attendance, Attitude: 15%

  • 1 point per week based on class attendance, performance, attitude

Blog Posts (12): 25%

  • Short, weekly check-in posts should be 250+ words
  • How to Post (Link to Directions)
  • Posts are graded 0-2
    • 0 = Not or inadequately completed
    • 1 = Fair, mostly completed
    • 2 = Good, fully completed

Quizzes (10): 15%

  • Weekly reading and course concept quizzes
  • Will occur at the beginning of class
  • Quizzes cannot be made up

Midterm “Short Guide”: 15%

  • Produce a “Short Guide to TOPIC/PLATFORM/TOOL OF YOUR CHOICE”
    • Examples: Cryptocurrencies, XBOX, Pintrest, Occulus VR, etc.
  • Guides will include:
    • Historical overview of development
    • Economic/Financial Background
    • Profile of Stakeholders & Users
    • Common Uses of Platform/Tool/Topic
    • Strengths & Weaknesses
    • Future outlook

Final Website Project 15%

  • You will create a website on the the Commons that will focus on a topic of your choice (cannot be business or commercial)
  •  Examples:
    • Personal /Professional website
    • Academic work showcase
    • Fan or hobby blog

Final Exam: 15%

  • This will be a comprehensive exam covering the concepts we discussed over the course of the semester. It will be multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer. More info to come.


Information and directions for assignments can be outlined here, in the course schedule, or on separate pages, which can be linked to from here.

Course Schedule

All weekly information and assignment for the course can be found in our Course Schedule. [link to course schedule page]

Student Etiquette and Responsibilities

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Students are expected to turn assignments in on time. Any late assignments will require an explanation and receive a lowered grade.

Students are expected to arrive to class on time and be respectful of other students and the instructor.

Disrespectful behavior will result in a lowered grade. This includes: class disruptions, derogatory remarks (on the blog or in person) or behavior, sleeping in class, unrelated or distracting technology use, etc.

Use of technology (computers /tablets/phones) in the classroom will be limited and only allowed at certain times. Technology in class should only be used in relation to course content and topics.

Student Resources

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Writing Center [link to campus website]

  • If you would like a someone to proofread  your papers or assignments, or if you would like help citing sources, consider visiting the writing center. (They are SUPER helpful on all types of writing assignments! 🙂 )

Student Academic Consulting Center [link to campus website]

  • For academic help or guidance that is not writing related, visit or make an appointment with SACC tutors.

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities [link to campus resources]

  • Provide further information and campus statement for student with disabilities
  • Example: If you require extra time or other accommodations, please talk to me after class or send me an email so I can help you setup the necessary accommodations.

Academic Integrity Campus Statement [link to campus website]

  • Example: Plagiarism will not be tolerated.This means you cannot take someone else’s words or ideas and present them as you own. Using attributions and citations, you are welcome to quote and attribute ideas to outside sources to help build and develop your own ideas.

Center for Academic Advisement [link to campus resource]

  • Include information about support for academic advisement

Technology and Computing Services [Link to campus resource]

  • Provide information about where student can receive on-campus tech support and access to digital tools (if needed)

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