DTC 497 Schedule Fall 2020

Class Syllabus:

In addition to the schedule below you will need to pick one Common Reading event to attend for your Refuge Connection Paper. One has been suggested and put on the calendar for the evening of September 11. Other options will be on the Common Reading calendar.

The schedule is subject to change based on the needs of the class.  All changes will be reflected here and a message will be sent out to the entire class through Blackboard’s email system.

Week & DatesClass PrepIn ClassDue
Week 1 –

Aug. 19, 21, 23
Syllabus Day

Who are we?

What are we doing here?
Bring to class on August 21st 5 different artifacts that represent who you are, your interests, and accomplishments
Week 2 –

Aug. 26, 28, 30
Review before class on 8/28:
Your assigned chapters in Democracy & Education or alternative format
CCE Presentation

Democracy in Education Part 1

Democracy in Education Part 2

Unit #1 – Local Community

Week 3 –

Sept. 2, 4, 6
Review before Class on September 6th – Working with Brand and Design Guidelines, United Way Brand Guidelines
No Class Sept. 2nd – Labor Day

United Way Design Project & Set Up of Design Firms & How to Work with Clients

Design Seminar 1
Week 4 –

Sept. 9, 11, 13
Meet United Way Clients


Suggested Common Reading Event – “Chicago’s Black Arts Movement” (Visiting Writers Series), September 11, Fine Arts 5062, 5pm

Week 5 –

Sept. 16, 18, 20



Week 6 –

Sept. 23, 25, 27
Review before class on Friday Sept. 27th: Review before class on Sept. 30th:

ASCC Resume Packet 
Presentation Practice/Peer Review


Due before class on September 23rd – UW Project Drafts/Presentations

Due before class on September 27th – UW Project

Due in-class on Sept. 27 – UW Presentations

Unit #2 – Professional Development

Week 7 –

Sept. 30, Oct. 2, 4
Review before class on Sept. 30th:

How to Perfect the Elevator Pitch

Cover Letters

Elevator Pitches
Week 8 –

Oct. 7, 9, 11
Review before class on Thursday January 31:

ASCC Interviewing Packet

What is Business Attire?

Business Etiquette Basics
Peer Review of Resumes

Peer Review of Cover Letters

Business Attire & Etiquette
Due before class on Monday October 7th –
Print out two copies of your resume and bring them to class PLUS
Post a digital copy of your resume on Blackboard

Due before class on Wednesday October 9th –
Print out two copies of your cover letter and bring them to class PLUS
Post a digital copy of your cover letter on Blackboard
Week 9 –

Oct. 14, 16, 18

Informational Interviews

Practice Informational Interviews

Digital Portfolios
Due by the end of the day on Wesnesday October 16th – A personal portfolio site that you think has merit on Blackboard

Due by the end of the day on Friday October 18th – Final Resumes & Cover Letters
Week 10 –

Oct. 21, 23, 25
Ruth is out of town at a retreat – Workday


Week 11 –  

Oct. 28, 30, Nov. 1
Peer Review of Portfolios

Class Cancelled

Elevator Pitch Presentation Group 1
Due before class on October 28th – Draft of Digital Portfolio on Blackboard

Due by the end of the day on October 28th – Peer Reviews of Portfolios

Due November 1st – Elevator Pitch Group 1

Unit #3 – Global Community

Week 12 –

Nov. 4, 6, 8
Review Before Class on November 6th – Refuge Part 1 (pages 1 – 94)

Review Before Class on November 8th – Refuge Part 2 (pages 97 – 224) & Refuge Part 3 (227 – 251)
Elevator Pitch Presentations Group 2

Refuge Seminar 1

Refuge Seminar 2 & 3

Due November 4th – Elevator Pitch Group 2
Week 13 –

Nov. 11, 13, 15
Review Before Class on November 13th – Trans-inclusive Design, The Bias Blind Spot and Unconscious Bias in Design

Review Before Class on November 15th – Why Japanese Web Design is So… Different, How to design a multicultural user experience
No Class on November 11th – Veteran’s Day

Design Seminar 2

Design Seminar 3

Unit #4 – Personal Development

Week 14 –

Nov. 18, 20, 22
What is Self Care?

Self Care Workshop 1

Self Care Workshop 2
Due by the end of the day on November 22nd – Digital Portfolios
No ClassNov. 25, 27, 29Thanksgiving Break
Week 15 –

Dec. 2, 4, 6



Workday – Optional Peer Review of White Papers
FinalsNo class meeting during finals week Due by the End of the Day on Friday December 13th – Your Refuge Connection Paper

Due by the end of the day on Friday December 13th – Informational Interview Write-Up