DIGM 540:                                 New Media Project

Fall Term:                                 2006-2007 (Tues 6:30-9:30PM)

Instructor:                                 Paul Diefenbach, Ph.D.

Office Hours:                            Tues 5:00 PM and by appointment.

Office:                                      Room: 608 Nesbitt Hall

Telephone:                                215-895-1618  (emergency cell: 215.514.1386) 

email:                                       pjdief@drexel.edu


New Media Project:

The New Media Project sequence is designed to help prepare students for their Master's Thesis.  Students work on funded and unfunded research and industrial projects. With faculty approval, students may work on personally designed projects relevant to problem solving in a student's area of interest. Each student is required to complete it three times. This course may be repeated up to four times for credit.

The project is intended to help students learn foundation skills prior to their thesis project.  These foundation skills should be related to the students Directed Elective courses if possible.


Projects must be approved by the 2nd week for 1 term projects and by the 3rd week for multi-term projects.  Students will be required to give a final 30 minute presentation on their project at the end of each term.  In addition, a 30-60 second video presentation of their project is to be submitted at the end of the project.  A poster of each project is also required.


Students will also be required to give a short tutorial session on their project during the term to educate the other students on some aspect of their project.


Institutional Review Board Approval

If you plan to complete a project using human participants (including studies using existing data related to human participants), you must obtain approval from the University Institutional Review Board (IRB), which has the duty to ensure that human rights are protected in any research project. There is specific protocol for submitting a research proposal to the IRB.


There are three mutually exclusive IRB reviews: 1) Exempt status; 2) Expedited Review; 3) Full Committee Review. You should review the IRB guidelines and you and your advisor make a judgment about which level applies to your study. Your advisor is usually indicated as the "Principle Investigator" for the IRB submission. There are a number of forms that must be completed in order to submit a proposal to the IRB. The forms are available from the Research Office. Here is a concise summary of what usually happens at each level:

You should count on on several months to complete all the requisite paperwork, forms and information required by the IRB for Full Committee Review.


Additionally, students must comply with all university policies concerning the conduct of research and scientific integrity. All university policies with regard to falsification of data, fraudulent claims, and plagiarism will be enforced.