Details for MTH 312 Public Service Project

MTH 312: Public Service Project Information


The public service project is one of two extended projects that MTH 312 students can work on to demonstrate competence in the course. The primary objective of the public service project is:

Work with a small group of classmates to produce an artifact -- physical or electronic -- that teaches or informs the general public about one or more of the issues in the course.

This artifact could be almost anything. Here are some examples of artifacts that were created in past public service projects:

This project is all about creating, and creating something that teaches a lesson or makes people (that is, regular people who are not enrolled in the course) think.

Technically there is no medium that is off limits here, although you are encouraged not to simply write an essay about something. Be creative and make stuff! This is fun, remember?

Rubric for evaluation

The public service project is graded using the EMRF rubric described in the syllabus. The table below describes the criteria for these designations:

Mark Description
E The artifact has both a high level of quality and a high level of instructional value. It shows a distinguished level of impact, humor, cleverness, or artistic ability -- it's something that you remember, and whose lesson you remember, once you've seen it.
M The artifact is competently constructed and communicates a lesson or point clearly.
R The artifact is lacking in quality or the lesson or point being made is not clear.
F The artifact has not been completed.

Examples of "lacking in quality" could include the following:

Please note that we are not judging the work on artistic quality as such. You are not expected to create a masterpiece; the webcomic xkcd makes brilliant points about many subjects, for instance, using only stick figures. We only want the final product to be the result of care and attention and not done by half-measures.

Timeline for completion

All of the following dates are on the course calendar; the descriptions next to them below give more detail as to what is supposed to happen on or before those dates.

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