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course syllabus : EDPX 5700 ; Research & Theoretical Methods, Fall 2019
course website: http://professor.biotica.org/edpx5700
Instructor, Timothy Weaver,  <timothyweaver.org>
e-mail < tweaver2@du.edu> phone: 303.871.3279
University of Denver, Emergent Digital Practices
Shwayder Art Building, Rm #213,
Shwayder Art Building, 213, office hrs, W - 8 to 9AM by confirmed appointment

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The grounding conceptual framework of this course on research and theoretical methods in emergent digital practices will build a proficiency of approaches to the advanced study and investigation of the historical, technical, social and cultural contexts/platforms of emerging media. From this platform we will focus and establish processes for the documentation and proposal of advanced research areas for each of the course cohort
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course objectives
:: theory ::
Examine and document the theoretical concepts/theorists that are the foundations of the cohorts individual and collective areas of research

:: language ::
Fortify the vocabulary and language for the enablement of critical dialogue and analysis of advanced emerging digital practices.

:: ethics ::
   Build insight into the ethics which must underwrite advanced culture research

:: technique ::
   Establish an expanding base of digital tools and technique for investigation of technocultural interactionsand technogenesis

:: critical dialogue/analysis ::
Exchange a collective diversity of criticism that promotes experimentation, research, and affirmation of new creative thought, identity, and conclusions.
Charge this environment with an atmosphere that challenges the dualistic assumptions of art and non-art

:: network ::
Cultivate a symbiotic educational relationship among class participants for materialization of research pursuit
Develop an approach to expanding network thru external research institutions
Initiate a collaborative and cooperative network among class participants for future creative endeavors outside the academic institution

:: resource ::
Provide core resource accessiblity as survival tools for the continuation of future research endeavors from this group network, and
Establish a process for identification, description, search and recovery for problem solving, exploration, assistance, collaboration and resolution resources.

course policies
In order to meet course objectives the following requirements are critical to the attainment of an inclusive environment that is supportive to all participants: 

attendance
Attendance is mandatory.  2 unexcused absences constitutes the drop of 1 letter grade (3 lates=1 absence). An unexcused absence from any presentation critique or portion of a critique will constitute the drop of 1 letter grade. An unexcused absence from the final critique will constitute a failure (F) for the quarter.

media/device access during class
All phones will be off in class. Use of laptops during lectures and presentations is at the discretion of the instructor and the presenting member of the cohort. PLEASE RESPECT YOUR COLLECTIVE WITH YOUR ATTENTION AND SUPPORT
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participation
Active and supportive participation in all project critiques, discussions, and presentations will be expected from all group members.

medical/disability issues

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability or medical condition should contact  the Disability Services Program to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  They are located on the 4th floor of Ruffatto Hall; 1999 E. Evans Ave.303.871. / 2372 / 2278/ 7432.  Information is also available on line at http://www.du.edu/disability/dsp; see the Handbook for Students with Disabilities.


All individual nottices of disability accommodation for Fall 2019 must be received by the course instuctor by the end of the 2nd week of classes (9/20/19) for acceptance and consideration.

quality of work
All creative work under consideration for critique or discussion under this course should be of a completed/finished quality that warrants the attention and respect of your cohorts.  No excuses, or explanations.

grading
Work will be graded on the basis of fulfillment of course requirements combined with an assessment of assigned work. This assessment will be weighed in terms of degree of effort,  creativity, risk, participation and individual growth through the session.  Grades will be assigned according to the University Policy as follows:

A superior/excellent
B good/better than average
C competent/average
D minimum passing
F failing