Monday, October 03, 2005

Major Podcast Assignment

Construct an innovative digital audio programme of up to 45 minutes length which explores the medium of podcasting and critically engages with the idea of participatory culture in either the podcast itself or its exegesis. The programme can be of any genre or type, but must comply with copyright restrictions as the file will be made available publicly online.

[X] TIME LIMIT: 45 minutes (unless a longer limit is negotiated with Tama before submission).
[X] VALUE: 50% of your overall mark for the course.
[X] DUE ON CD: Before 5pm, Thursday 27th October, to be submitted with printed ShowNotes (and printed Exegesis if one is created), Release Forms, and with a cover sheet to the English, Communication & Cultural Studies Office
[X] DUE ONLINE: Before 9am, Friday 28th October, you must post your detailed ShowNotes (and Exegesis if written) to the course blog (your podcast will be manually added to your ShowNotes once processed by the iLecture system).

(NB: You must submit in both formats for your Audio Programme to be marked).

You MUST submit:
[1] A copy of your FULL audio programme on Compast Disc. The show MUST be submitted in AIFF (Apple/SGI 16bit PCM) format. [To produce this file, once your audio programme is completed select EXPORT as AIFF from the FILE menu; to ensure you can the correct AIFF setting, select File > Preferences > File Formats > Uncompressed File Format > AIFF (Apple/SGI 16bit PCM).]
[2] Your ShowNotes, which should contain all cited references, a breakdown by time-code of your show (by chapter, scene, interview or whatever other marker is appropriate). ShowNotes should be submitted in print with your CD and should also be posted to the course blog.
[3]An Exegesis – If your audio programme allows you to sufficiently reflect on ideas of participatory culture, your exegesis (an explantation of how your programme engages with and explores participatory culture) may be part of your audio programme, but MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED AS SUCH. Otherwise, an exegesis of no more than 500 words should be included at the end of your ShowNotes in both printed and blogged format.
[4] All the appropriate Presenter Release Forms for yourself and any interviewees, voice talent, or anyone else appearing in your audio programme.

A Few Hints’n’Tips:
[X] Continually SAVE during audio production!
[X] Test your EXPORTED file thoroughly prior to submission. If it has any bits of your audio missing, you will NOT be given the opportunity to resubmit. (It’s your responsibility to get your exported file into the correct format!).
[X] Normal citation and plagiarism rules apply. You must cite all sources clearly, not just give URLs. (If citing blogs, be sure to use the specific links to each blog post; the overall link to the blog is not sufficient.) If you are in any way unclear about citation or plagiarism, please see Tama before you submit your assignment!
[X] Remember, this is a scholarly production at Honours Level. Secondary material is preferable whever possible (even if only cited in your Exegesis).
[X] When posting your ShowNotes (and Exegesis) to the course blog, please convert footnotes and URLs to live hyperlinks (eg don’t just have the text, but rather use the link tool in Blogger to make sure it’s a clickable link such as


1. Your written work should be submitted to the ECCS Office with a cover-sheet attached. Please do NOT submit written work directly to your tutor. (If you do, there may be no official record that the work was ever submitted.)

2. In order to satisfy course requirements, students must submit work by the due date. Unless an extension of the due date has been granted, late assignments will incur a penalty of 2 marks per working day. (Extension requests should be made in writing to your tutor, and will normally require a medical certificate.) A grade of 'NM' will be recorded if no assignment is submitted. No work will be accepted after the end of the examination period (without a formal deferral from the Academic Student Advisor).

3. It is essential to KEEP A COPY of your work. In the case of loss of an assignment, notes or an earlier draft cannot be accepted as substitutes.

4. Please do NOT write on both sides of the paper.

5. Whether your work is typed or hand-written, it should be DOUBLE-SPACED. (For handwritten work, this means that you write on every second line.)

6. Please leave a WIDE MARGIN in case the marker needs to offer comments and annotations.

7. PLAGIARISM Please be aware that the work you submit must be your own work with no unacknowledged debt to some other writer or source. To pass off written work as your own, whether you have copied it from someone else or from somewhere else (be it a published writer, another person, a TV program, a library anthology, or whatever) is to deprive yourself of the real benefits of this course and to be guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offence! University policy is that plagiarism, the unacknowledged quotation of material from other people's work, is a ground for failure. Any work that contains ideas or phrases taken from other works without acknowledgement - PLAGIARISM - will be failed, given the grade of 0 and your name placed on the Faculty's Plagiarism Register. This includes direct quotations, when a section of one text is transposed into another without any changes, and indirect paraphrasing, when the main ideas and arguments of someone else’s work are used. If you take notes from other sources (critical articles, background works, etc) you must quote carefully and accurately, and acknowledge the quotation. Even if you paraphrase, you must still acknowledge that you are paraphrasing. This is very important!


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