Assessment 1: Experimentation, documentation and reflection (20%)

Due: Part A: due week 5, Part B: due week 12

Description: You are to document and reflect on the social exercises, readings and tutorial work conducted throughout the term. You will make weekly reflective posts to this blog, exploring your work each week. These posts might reflect and analyze your experience undertaking each of weekly class exercises, how these experiments relate to the readings and/or a discussion of the readings in relation to your own personal research. Your posts should be between 250-500 words each and each post should be tagging with the week number #week1, #week2, #week3 etc (all lower case and one word). Please write and edit these posts in a word processing program before posting to this blog – this will enable you to pick up spelling and grammatical errors more easily.

You will be required to submit one of these posts in week 5 and one in week 12 for grading.

For more detailed information see the assignment sheet below: 

Marking Criteria:
1. Appropriate and creative use of ideas from readings to inform empirical experimental research explorating weekly topics
2. Thoroughness of intellectual engagement with lecture content, required reading and tutorial discussions (critical thinking and research)
3. Quality and clarity of writing and expression, including appropriate tone, grammar, spelling (communiciation and interpersonal)
4. Appropriate setup and use of this blog throughout semester, including regular posting (practical and professional)

Submit the text version on TurnItIn via the Purchase Moodle.


Assessment 2: Social Prosthetic (20%)


Due: Week 10
Description: In this project you will develop a prototype for an experimental social prosthetic, this will be a data driven object/device/wearable performs for or communicates with its user in some way. Your object will help, hinder or provoke its user, aiming to shift behavior.

Read Dunne and Raby’s, The Secret Life of Electronic Objects to kick off your thinking. Dunne and Raby remind us that your prototype will act on the perception and psychology of the user. Think also about the technological narratives you use in order to explain and relate to your prototype. Also read Sara Hendren’s article – “All Technology Is Assistive: Six Design Rules on ‘Disability.'”

Your project should be a prototype, a proof of concept realization of your idea.

For more detailed information see the assignment sheet below: 


Assessment 3: Art and the API (20%)


Due: Week 14
Description: In this project you will develop a creative and surprising application that interacts with a social media platform, using its API.