566 /AAS 406D
will be five short assignments, each worth 5 points. The lowest
grade will be dropped.
#1 | #2 | #3
| #4 |#5
#1 -- Due at beginning of class, Jan. 25
Perceptions of Africa / First Encounters with Cape Coast
This exercise seeks to simulate your first "visit"
to Cape Coast, Ghana, by introducing you to images and perceptions
of Africa recorded over time. We have created one gallery of
quotations, culled from literary and historical documents in
U.Va.s Electronic Text Center/Modern English Collection,
and another gallery of nearly 200 photographs from the Cape
1. Browse IMAGE
GALLERY I and the QUOTATIONS.
2. Select 10 images and 3 quotes that you find particularly
compelling. Images and text may be grouped thematically or juxtaposed
in provocative ways.
3. Convey your first encounter with Cape Coast, through these
materials, in one or two short paragraphs. This is intended
to be an intuitive response, based on first impressions; you
may write in any narrative style or voice you choose. NOTE:
You need not refer directly to specific images or quotes in
Wednesday, Jan. 24: Submit copies of the 10 images you have
selected, along with your name on a cover sheet, to the ARCH
566/AAS 406D Box at the Digital Media Lab, Robertson Media Center
(Third Floor, Clemons Library) or Professor Cox's mailbox at
the A-School. You need not submit your narrative at this time.
5. Thusday, Jan. 25: Bring hard copies of the 10 images and
3 quotes you have selected along with your completed narrative
to class. These materials will be stored in an electronic folder,
accessible to you and the other students in the class, for future
6. Be prepared to present your response to this assignment in
#2 - Due at the beginning of class, Feb. 8
Encounters / Developing Themes
the 10 images you previously selected from IMAGE
GALLERY I and, drawing upon the assigned readings and
other information presented in class, identify patterns and themes
for further development.
1. Set up an appointment with Gina Haney (firstname.lastname@example.org) to locate
each of the 10 images in your gallery on the base map (to be distributed
in class on Jan. 25).
Create a posterboard display linking each image to a specific
location on the base map. Use tracing paper overlays and markers
to highlight the location -- building, street, or area -- of each
Analyze the selection and geographical distribution of images
for patterns and themes and describe these in one or two paragraphs.
Select up to 10 additional images from IMAGE
GALLERY II for possible inclusion in a further thematic
development of your map.
Wednesday, Feb. 7. Submit your 1-2 paragraph analysis, along with
printouts of each additional image, along with your name on a
cover sheet, to the ARCH 566/AAS 406D Box at the Digital Media
Lab (Third Floor, Clemons Library) or Professor Cox's mailbox
at the A-School. You need not submit your map at this time.
Thursday, Feb. 8: Bring your completed map to class. Be prepared
to make a five-minute presentation.
#3 - March 8
Architecture School, Campbell Hall
Exhibition Room B
a chance to show off
the preliminary work you’ve done on your project and get some
valuable feedback from guest faculty members.
assignment is to prepare a visual mock-up of your project
and deliver a polished 3-minute oral presentation, addressing
each of the following points:
- Statement of Purpose/Thesis
In a sentence or two, state the major theme of your
project. What’s the point you’re trying to make?
Be sure to specify the time frame and the geographical boundaries
of your project.
What are your primary source materials?
Be specific: “I am using the Transatlantic Slave
Trade Database at Alderman Library to chart slaving voyages
to and from Cape Coast.
I have chosen a number of pictorial images from Jerome
Handler’s database to illustrate the slave trade.
I will superimpose these images on an 1809 historical
map of the Atlantic Ocean and Western Africa.
What are your secondary source materials?
You should be able to cite three scholarly books
and articles, and indicate how you came to choose them.
“For historical context, I will draw heavily upon the readings assigned
by Prof. Joseph Miller …”
To whom is your project addressed?
American college students preparing to study abroad?
The Cape Coast community? African-American tourists?
International development agencies?
Ghanaians in the Diaspora?
If your project has multiple audiences, how are you
planning to address potential conflicts of interest?
Multimedia components: What
types of media – photographs, maps, video, audio – will
you be incorporating into your project?
Be prepared to show a sample of each.
Interactivity/Navigation: How will users interact with your
project? Is it modeled after a walking tour, leading from
point A to point? Or is it more like a museum, with various rooms to be explored in
no particular order?
student will be given wall space for a mock-up.
Please let us know if you would like to use a computer
or audio-visual equipment as part of your presentation.
#4 - Due Thursday, April 12
Website Script and Graphic Design
now you should have a clear sense of how your web-based project
will be organized. For this assignment, we would like you to draft
a paragraph of scripted text for each major page of the site (five
mininum, including the introductory/home page). This paragraph
should be addressed directly to your target audience and should
clearly convey the theme/point of each page. We
would also like to see a computer printout or hand-drawn mock-up
of the graphic design for each page.
For the class website, please send an email message to Scot
French with your working title and a brief summary (no
more than three sentences) of your project.
#5 - Due Thursday, April 19
assignment is designed to familiarize you with the criteria that
will be used to evaluate your web-based final project. It is also
intended to encourage interaction among students as peer advisors/consultants
on each other's projects. Using the form below as a guideline
and cover sheet, please evaluate another student's project. That
student will evaluate your project as well, so be candid and constructive.
The comments may be written in note form (i.e., incomplete sentences),
so long as each point is clear.
Please bring a printout of your comments with you to class on
Thursday, April 19.
Name of Project Designer:___________________
Name of Peer Consultant:___________________
evaluate the strengths/weaknesses of the web-based project in
each of the following areas:
you tell, without asking, how to move from one page of the site
to another? Does the organization of the site make sense? Are
the links clearly marked? Do they work? Can you tell, on any
given page, where you are within the site?
the design appropriate to the subject matter? Will the target
audience find it appealing? Are the words and images legible?
Is the sound audible?
Is the theme of the project clearly stated in the introduction?
Do each of the major pages within the site have a clear purpose?
Has the author made effective use of primary sources (text,
images, sound) and secondary sources (information gleaned from
books and articles)? Are photos captioned? Are sources credited?
Does the project make effective use of technology? Can you suggest
ways of enhancing the project through the use of technology?