MATX 604 (Section 001, Schedule #17499)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Spring 2013
T 4:00-6:40pm :: 330 Hibbs
Prof. David Golumbia
Office: 324D Hibbs Hall
Spring 2013 Office Hours: Tues 2-4pm

MATX Core Curriculum

This course, exclusively intended for the first year MATX students, provides an opportunity for students to focus in on the technologies and media that they intend to learn in greater detail, and even more so provides the opportunity for the students to work individually and in groups to develop the specific areas in which they plan to do professional research. Projects and topics will be chosen in consultation with the students, but will in general apply new media and technologies to interdisciplinary research topics. Some attention will be paid to preparing for, planning, and even executing part of the portfolio that is required in the 1st semester of your second year. The class is graded via participation and engagement with projects, rather than how many new technologies you manage to "learn."

Assignments and Evaluation

Assessment for this course is on a pass/fail basis. There will be one written assignment, a short (2000 word) paper applying some of the theoretical material we read just after Spring Break to media of the student's choice. Grades for the class will depend 50% on the paper and 50% on course participation. Because the class is very small, and the material covered is extremely important to completing the MATX PhD program, it is essential that students attend all classes, notify



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Week-by-Week Syllabus

Week One. Introduction

Week Two. Program Overview; Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity

Week Three. ePortfolio

Week Four. Choosing Committee and Chair; Dissertation Area

Week Five. Bibliography exam

Week Six. Prospectus and Prospectus Defense

Week Seven. Dissertation

Spring Break

Week Eight. No class.

Week Nine. Theory readings

Week Ten. Theory Readings

Week Eleven. Theory readings

Week Twelve. Creative Work

Week Thirteen. IRB and Copyright

Week Fourteen. ePortfolios redux

Week Fifteen.

Last updated  April 23, 2013.