ARCH 566 /AAS 406D


There will be five short assignments, each worth 5 points. The lowest grade will be dropped.

ASSIGNMENT #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 |#5

ASSIGNMENT #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 We have created one gallery of quotations, culled from literary and historical documents in U.Va.’s Electronic Text Center/Modern English Collection, and another gallery of nearly 200 photographs from the Cape Coast Archive.


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 your narrative.

4. 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 reference.

6. Be prepared to present your response to this assignment in class.

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ASSIGNMENT #2 - Due at the beginning of class, Feb. 8

Mapping Encounters / Developing Themes

Map 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 ( to locate each of the 10 images in your gallery on the base map (to be distributed in class on Jan. 25).

2. 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 image.

3. Analyze the selection and geographical distribution of images for patterns and themes and describe these in one or two paragraphs.

4. Select up to 10 additional images from IMAGE GALLERY II for possible inclusion in a further thematic development of your map.

5. 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.

6. Thursday, Feb. 8: Bring your completed map to class. Be prepared to make a five-minute presentation.

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ASSIGNMENT #3 - March 8

Preliminary Presentations
5:45-9 p.m.
Architecture School, Campbell Hall
Exhibition Room B

Here’s a chance to show off the preliminary work you’ve done on your project and get some valuable feedback from guest faculty members.

Your 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:

  1.  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?
  2. Geographical/Temporal Frame

    Be sure to specify the time frame and the geographical boundaries of your project.
  3. Evidence/Sources

    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 …”
  4. Audience

    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?
  5. Project Design

    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?

Each 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.

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ASSIGNMENT #4 - Due Thursday, April 12

Website Script and Graphic Design

By 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.

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ASSIGNMENT #5 - Due Thursday, April 19

Peer Consultation

This 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:___________________

Please evaluate the strengths/weaknesses of the web-based project in each of the following areas:


Can 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?


Is 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?

Use of technology

Does the project make effective use of technology? Can you suggest ways of enhancing the project through the use of technology?

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