EM SC 240N
Energy and Sustainability in Contemporary Culture

Final Project Assignment and Grading

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Your final project will be completed in multiple phases, spread out over the course of weeks, as follows. For ALL elements, 50% will be deducted from that element if it is longer than prescribed.

If you work in a group, you must indicate which group member worked on each section for each submission.

Assignment 1: Initial proposal

I'm sure you or your group will have a number of interesting ideas for movies, but for the initial proposal, you must submit one idea. This is a relatively short assignment - the proposal is only a few paragraphs. This gives your group the opportunity to begin solidifying general movie details and gives me the opportunity to provide you with feedback in a short period of time. This feedback will hopefully help you determine which of the ideas you will use for your final project.

Each initial proposal must have the following elements for full credit.

  • Movie Title
  • 1 paragraph (150 words or less) or summary of the story
  • 1 paragraph (150 words or less) description of the sustainability theme and how you address/illustrate it in the movie
  • 1 paragraph (150 words or less) summary of how/why this is appropriate for a general audience and justification for why audiences will want to see it

You will submit this via Discussion Board, which is only visible by you (or your group) and me. See the rubric for grading, and the Canvas or Google Calendar for due dates.

This is worth 5% of your final project grade.

Assignment 2: Rough draft

For your full rough draft, you will complete a full rough draft of the Final Project. You must have all elements of the final project for full credit. See the Final Project Description for full details, and look at the rubric to see how this will be graded.

For full credit. You will submit one draft per group: You must have all of the elements of the final project in rough form.

This assignment is submitted to me via Canvas. You must submit a Microsoft Word Document.  See Canvas for complete assignment description. See the rubric for grading and the Course Calendar for due dates.

This is worth 20% of your final project grade.

Assignment 3: Final project final submission

For your final project, you will use the feedback provided to you on your rough draft and finalize your project. You will submit one project per group if you are working in a group. For full credit:

You will submit this via Canvas. You must submit a Microsoft Word Document. See Canvas for complete assignment description. See the rubric for grading and the Course Calendar for due dates.

This is worth 75% of your final project grade.

Assignment 4: Discussion Board - Critiquing Other Movie Proposals

You will engage in a discussion board during the last week of the semester. Each person (or group) will be assigned one other project to critique. You will provide substantive feedback on the following aspects of the movie proposal: attractiveness to a general audience, effectiveness of the sustainability message, strongest rhetorical content, weakest rhetorical content, and quality of the plot.

The discussion board will have two parts:

  • Part 1: Each student provides substantive feedback on the other project. Each student will provide full feedback for the project.
  • Part 2: Each student must provide at least one substantive response on the critique.

See Canvas for complete assignment description. See the rubric for grading and the Course Calendar for due dates.

Optional Assignment 5: Extra Credit

For extra credit, you or your group can describe a movie trailer. The details are as follows:

  • Describe the trailer, scene-by-scene. Include all dialogue (including the voice-over), and describe the action and scenery.
  • Use each rhetorical device at least once in the trailer. Describe the device and specifically how it will establish each persuasion method.
  • Be very specific about how the trailer will get a general audience excited about the movie.
  • There needs to be enough material to realistically have about 2 minutes of footage. Be very detailed about how long each section of the trailer is.

See Canvas for complete assignment description. See the rubric for grading, and the Canvas or Google Calendar for due dates.

This is worth up to 1% extra on your final grade.

Final Project Breakdown

The final project is broken down into multiple sections, spread out of the course of weeks. See Canvas or the Google Calendar for due date. See the next page for a description of each section.

Requirement Item Location Submission Location Number of Submissions Percent of Final Project Grade
Initial Proposal See content on Canvas. Canvas - Modules tab > Final Project one group submission 5%
Full Rough Draft of Final Project See content on Canvas. Canvas - Modules tab > Final Project one group submission 20%
Final Project Submission See content on Canvas. Canvas - Modules tab > Final Project one group submission 75%
OPTIONAL Extra Credit - Movie Trailer See content on Canvas. Canvas - Modules tab > Final Project one group submission 1% of FINAL grade (not Final Project grade)
Discussion Board See content on Canvas. Canvas - Modules tab > Final Project group submission, individual responses 4% of FINAL grade (not Final Project grade)