CT 401 Syllabus


3 cr., 3hrs. on 7 Fridays scheduled at the first 2hr. meeting of the class.
Fri. 10AM-1:50PM

Michael Branson Smith
Site: michaelbransonsmith.net
Twitter: @mbransons
Email: michaelbransonsmith [at] gmail [dot] com
Office Hours: M 12-2PM, or by appointment
Phone: 718-262-2853

Course Description: This course is for majors who wish to do a final project based in communication technology, and work on this project in a collegial and critical environment. Students will write a thesis project proposal as an application to participate in the class. Once accepted, meetings will occur once a month to discuss progress and to create a free-flowing exchange of ideas concerning projects. Critique sessions will include outside guests who will provide insight on current trends in media and business. Students will present final projects for review and display on the web and in public showcases when possible.

Course Objectives:  The course is designed to enable the student to: 1) develop a formal proposal for a project of their interest; 2) demonstrate their creativity and independence in producing a project of their own design; and 3) create a portfolio of work used when applying for graduate schools and when interviewing for jobs.

Topics to be covered:

Developing the project proposal.

Goals – What do you hope to do?

Rationale – Why are you interested in this project?

Methods – How will you undertake this project?

Expected results – What are the likely outcomes?

Rough timetable.

Making a formal presentation for your proposal.

Critiquing proposals.

Maintaining a thesis log – Keeping a record of your progress through your project.

Portfolio development and review.


Class participation 25%

Project proposal/presentation 25%

 Final project 50%

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