Student work will be assessed through class participation and a series of in-class activities, quizzes, a group project and a final project.
Attendance and Participation (10 %)
Attendance is graded and is worth 10 percent of the overall grade. Points are earned only if students arrive on time and attend and participate fully in the class. Each student receives two “free passes” during the semester. Beginning with the third instance, points will be deducted for absence, arriving late, leaving early, or failing to participate in class. Students who miss class are responsible for all material covered in that class and must meet all deadlines related to that material. Excused absences include religious observances, documented illness, death of family or loved-one and pre-approved school-related activities. Students must provide official written documentation for an excused absence.
Quizzes (30 %)
There will be a five quizzes that cover material covered in class, in reading and in homework. Students must be present for quizzes, unless they have an excused absence and have arranged a make-up with the instructor ahead of time. Quizzes are worth 30 percent of the overall grade.
Rowan U Safety Story #1 – Individual (10%)
Students will rewrite an overview story using the university’s Clery Report. It will require analysis of data and original reporting.
Rowan U Safety Story #2 – Group (20 %)
Students will work together in groups to obtain, analyze and report on crime statistics from Rowan University and other universities in New Jersey. Students will be assigned to teams, given scraping and analyzing tasks, and produce a presentation that includes original reporting. This work will be in done both in and outside of class. Group work will be evaluated on completeness, accuracy, overall presentation and teamwork.
Final Project (30%)
In the final weeks of the course, students will produce a piece of data journalism, demonstrating the skills learned. The project must be approved by the instructor at the beginning of the process. The final project is worth 30 percent of overall grade. It will consist of five steps; each one will be graded. All assignments must be completed and turned in on time. No late work will be accepted.