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CITA 295495 Course Syllabus

College of CharlestonAugust 19, 2011

CITA 295/495 Computing in the Arts Seminar/Capstone

Course Syllabus


Dr. Bill Manaris


Room: 223 J.C. Long Building
Phone: (95)3-8159
E-mail: manarisb@cofc.edu
Web: http://www.cs.cofc.edu/~manaris/

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 - 11AM.
Tuesday, Thursday 10:45 - 11:45AM.
Other hours available by appointment.

Course Description:

This class is a cross-listing of two CITA synthesis courses:

CITA 295: A seminar course to develop through readings, discussion, and writing exercises the integration of themes developed across computing in the arts. Students will benefit from participating with junior and senior majors in a group seminar in preparation for their own enrollment in CITA 495. Open to CITA majors only.

Activities/Deliverables: Junior CITA majors will participate in seminar readings, discussion and summative writing experiences, and present a proposal for a capstone research project (with annotated bibliography, and a research advisor in their arts concentration).

Prerequisites: CSCI/CITA 210, CSCI 221, 9 hours in an art concentration.

CITA 495: A capstone course to provide a synthesizing experience for CITA majors across all concentrations. Students will read and analyze the latest research in the expanding field of computing in the arts, and will develop individual research projects integrating their skills and knowledge for both written and oral presentation. Open only to CITA majors with senior standing.

Activities/Deliverables: Senior CITA majors will participate in seminar readings, discussion and summative writing experiences, and preparation and presentation of individual research projects under the guidance of a research advisor in their arts concentration.

Prerequisite: CITA 295, and senior standing.


  • Frederick P. Brooks (2010), ''The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist", Addison-Wesley.


Additional reading materials will provided via handouts and the class website.

Course Outcomes:

The course is an integrative capstone course that synthesizes and contrasts the following core objectives of the CITA major:

  1. model processes, particularly those in arts applications;
  2. investigate, visualize, speculate, and invent using computing and computational thinking;
  3. synthesize innovative software applications and media combining music, images, sounds, lighting and stage design, and other digital artifacts; and
  4. explore the potential of computational thinking and its influence on society.

Specific outcomes:

  • Develop annotated bibliography related to particular art concentration and computing.
  • Identify and pursue a specific artistic concept that involves computer software/hardware (in a substantial, integrative way).
  • Develop software that controls/generates/contributes (in a substantial, integrative way) to the realization of the artistic concept.
  • Present artistic concept and its realization to an audience of peers.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to integrate/synthesize computing with a particular art discipline.
  • Explore common, creative computational themes between concentrations in the arts.
  • Locate relevant materials which speak to the synthetic nature of computing in the arts.
  • Prepare and deliver papers and articles that serve to integrate computing and the arts concentration areas to the class.
  • Expose students in one concentration to the integrative nature of CITA in the complement of concentrations.
  • Engage students in summarizing perspectives on the integration of computing and the arts.
  • Learn and apply oral presentation skills.
  • Apply research skills.
  • Apply reading and listening skills.
  • Apply writing skills.


To receive a passing grade for the course, you must average a passing grade on each of the following: Progress reports, blog entries, presentations, and final project.

Scale: A: 90-100; B: 80-89; C: 70-79; F: <70. The grades of B+/, and C+/ may be given at the professor's discretion.

Final Grade Computation: Oral presentations (in-class progress reports, etc.) 25%, written reports (blog entries, etc.) 25%, final project (artistic concept, annotated bibliography, design, implementation, presentation, etc.) 50%.

Grading Guidelines: Submitted work requires Analysis, Evaluation, and Creation of CITA ideas, concepts, and materias into various deliverables, such as annotated bibliographies, reports, and final projects (e.g., see revised Bloom's Taxonomy and reference below).

  • The grade of A is for work that involves high-quality achievement in all three Bloom areas.
  • The grade of B is for work that involves high-quality achievement in at least two Bloom areas, and medium-level achievement in the other.
  • The grade of C is for work that involves high-quality achievement in at least one Bloom area, and medium-level achievement in the others.
  • The grade of F is for work that does not meet above criteria.

Grades will also be based on creative inspiration, design, style, completeness, and correctness of result. Additional instructions will be provided for each deliverable.

Reference: Errol Thompson, Andrew Luxton-Reilly, Jacqueline L. Whalley, Minjie Hu, and Phil Robbins. 2008. Bloom's taxonomy for CS assessment. In Proceedings of the tenth conference on Australasian computing education - Volume 78 (ACE '08), Simon Hamilton and Margaret Hamilton (Eds.), Vol. 78. Australian Computer Society, Inc., Darlinghurst, Australia, Australia, 155-161.

Honor Code:

  • You must do your work alone (or with your teammates, for group assignments).
  • You must identify your sources of material and inspiration. It is a violation of the honor code to present someone else's work or ideas as your own.
  • In any course deliverable, you must always identify the person(s) that helped you (directly or indirectly), if any, and explain their contribution to your work.
  • Also see the College of Charleston Student Handbook, especially sections on The Honor Code (p. 11), and Student Code of Conduct (p. 12). There is other useful information there.

Classroom Policies:

  • You are expected to take good notes during class.
  • You are expected to participate in class with questions and invited discussion.
  • You are expected to attend all classes. The grade 'WA' will be given for excessive (>= 3) absences. If you miss class, you must get an absence memo from the Associate Dean of Students Office; also, you are responsible for announcements made in class, assignment due dates, etc.
  • You should turn off all electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, pagers, etc.).
  • In summary, you should contribute positively to the classroom learning experience, and respect your classmates right to learn (see College of Charleston Student Handbook, section on Classroom Code of Conduct (p. 58)).

Assignment Policies:

  • Assignment grades will be based on creative inspiration, design, style, completeness, and/or correctness of result.
  • Submission instructions will be provided, when necessary.

Late Policy:

  • Given the interactive, presentation-style nature of the class, no late days will be allowed.