• Participation & Attendance: 50%
  • Production Assignments: 50%

Participation & Attendance

Showing up on time, engaging in the class discussion, and offering advice and critique on other projects in the class is a major part of your grade. Please be present and prompt. Class begins at 3:20 PM, and I expect everyone to be in place and ready to begin at 3:20 PM. Lateness will hurt your grade. If you’re going to be late or absent, please email your instructor in advance. Three non-emergency absences or more will lead to a failing grade. If you have an emergency, please let your instructor know as soon as you can. Please turn in assignments on time as well.


There is one assigned book for this class, Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by Albert-Laszlo Barabási. We will discuss the material from this books in class, as it’s all highly relevant to how we put networks together. Reading assignments are listed each week. There are also several online links throughout the semester. I’ll expect that you’ve read the chapters listed for the following week, along with any online links from the syllabus. Be prepared with questions about the readings, or disagreements or ideas from them that you want to explore further. Discussion of this material will be a significant part of the class.

Production Assignments

For production assignments, you’ll be expected to present your project in class on the day that it’s due. If you’re working in a group, all group members should be present, on-time, and should participate equally in the presentation.


As with other classes at ITP, you should keep a record of your work, and you should document your projects. An online site for them is helpful, both to you as a reference to point to, and to others as a place to learn from. Keep a blog and link it to the class site.

Always cite the sources of your code, the places you learned techniques from, and the inspirations of your ideas. This is the equivalent to citing your sources in a written paper, and copying code or techniques without attribution is plagiarism. few ideas come out of the blue, and your readers can learn a lot from the sources you learned from or were inspired by.

Class Notes

The Class Notes section of the site contains notes taken in-class or posted after class discussion by participants. Everyone will have edit rights on the class blog, and should take notes in it when possible and link them to the notes page. The notes can be very useful to both you and your classmates. You can find links to past classes’ notes there.

Networked Devices in Class

Though this is a class on networked devices, you should not let the use of them disrupt the class, or your direct participation in the discussion.

  • If it’s a device where the outside world can contact you disruptively, don’t let it disrupt the rest of the class.
  • If it’s a device where you can initiate contact with the outside world, refrain from using it when others are presenting or a class discussion is in progress. The one exception to this is if you are taking notes for the class.

Statement of Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as though it were your own. More specifically, plagiarism is to present as your own: A sequence of words quoted without quotation marks from another writer or a paraphrased passage from another writer’s work or facts, ideas or images composed by someone else.

Statement of Principle

The core of the educational experience at the Tisch School of the Arts is the creation of original academic and artistic work by students for the critical review of faculty members. It is therefore of the utmost importance that students at all times provide their instructors with an accurate sense of their current abilities and knowledge in order to receive appropriate constructive criticism and advice. Any attempt to evade that essential, transparent transaction between instructor and student through plagiarism or cheating is educationally self-defeating and a grave violation of Tisch School of the Arts community standards. For all the details on plagiarism, please refer to page 10 of the Tisch School of the Arts, Policies and Procedures Handbook.

Statement on Accessibility

Please feel free to make suggestions to your instructor about ways in which this class could become more accessible to you. Academic accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities. Please contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities at 212 998-4980 for further information.

Statement on Counseling and Wellness

Your health and safety are a priority at NYU. If you experience any health or mental health issues during this course, we encourage you to utilize the support services of the 24/7 NYU Wellness Exchange 212-443-9999. Also, all students who may require an academic accommodation due to a qualified disability, physical or mental, please register with the Moses Center 212-998-4980. Please let your instructor know if you need help connecting to these resources.