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Individual project 3

In three parts this time (weighted as below)

This assignment involves document design and visuals. Read Technical Communication chapters 11-12 before getting started. To up your game three or four notches, also consult the first five chapters of The Non-Designer's Design Book. It's 80 pages of additional reading, but this book has more illustration and white space than actual text and reads very fast. If you haven't yet gotten this excellent resource (cited by Markel and Selber, as you'll see), do so now!

Part 1) MGA freshman advising packet (25 pts.): Linked below are three documents that MGA's Advising Center uses for new freshman registration. These are good working documents, but they look like . . . well, working documents, rather than professional-caliber handouts that a) are inviting, b) reflect positively on the institution's professionalism, and c) are exceptionally easy to navigate and read (especially the third one). In orientation sessions, often one professional advisor and a faculty member or two work with up to 20 students in a single room under tight time constraints, so it helps tremendously if students can use these documents to register themselves with minimal assistance.

Your task is to reformat these documents so that they are more visually appealing and easy to use.

You may make small edits in wording, but the textual content should be virtually the same as in the originals. Your job is not to "rewrite," but merely to reformat. You may want to test the steps listed in the SWORDS registration instructions yourselves to ensure accuracy. Feel free to add tasteful graphics and MGA branding (logos). Incorporating tasteful, appropriate visuals would in fact be excellent.

Submit the reformatted documents in D2L as one single PDF file and also in three individual files according to whatever program you used for the work (Word or Publisher, InDesign, Pages, etc.).

Our director of professional advising, Sandy Little-Herring, will begin printing and using the versions she likes most within weeks. Get your work published!

Part 2) MGA Knight Life rack card (15 pts.):
Devereaux has mentioned that MGA's Student Life division is rolling out a new cell phone app this fall, MGA Knight Life. The app is still in the testing stage, but we want to get the word out to students when it goes live in August. Essentially, Knight Life informs students about clubs and other student organizations, campus events, and MGA's social media outlets. Going forward, the app will share additional communications about student life matters and notify students of advising dates, registration, and other academic concerns. You don't need to list these coming items specifically, just a sense of "more to come," and that it will be important and helpful to students.

Your task is to create a quarter-page document to be printed as a "rack card" (postcard size, 4 x 6 inches), printed on both sides, encouraging students to download and use the app.

Use whatever visual design skills you have in your toolbox to make a simple and appealing advertisement for this app. No need for a lot of text, just something eye-catching that encourages students to download the app and check it out. It's not required, but you might download the free app yourself (Android or iPhone) to explore—search "MGA Knight Life" in Google's Play Store or Apple's App Store. Just enter last name and MGA email address to log in (not your actual login credentials). Here, too, you can use MGA logos (search "branding" on the mga.edu homepage), and other graphics wherever you may get them—be careful with copyrighted material. As you'll see from MGA branding, we like purple!.

Submit the final version for this card, too, in both PDF and original file format (Word, Publisher, etc.). Your submissions will be shared with the Director of Student Engagement: he hopes to put one or more of your designs to actual use very soon. Again, get published!

Part 3) Basic graphs and charts (10 pts.): Using MS Excel or some comparable spreadsheet software (Google Sheets, e.g.), create tables using the info below to produce one pie chart, one bar graph, and one line graph or "scatter chart." This should be a piece of cake: once you have your table in Excel (or other program), simply highlight (or select) the table, then tap the "Insert" tab from the nav bar at the top of the window and click "Recommended charts." If you're a novice with spreadsheets, I am happy to help by phone. If you put in 20 minutes on these three items and aren't almost done, stop working and contact me for assistance!

Once you have the three charts created, simply copy and past them into Word. Submit the final product with only the three charts (no tables needed) in PDF form.

Pie chart


Bar chart and line graph

Monthly expenses
Rent 800
Utilities 400
Food 300
Beer   50
Dog Food    85
Braves gear 125
Braves W-L Record
Year Wins Losses
2017 72 90
2016 68 93
2015 67 95
2014 79 83
2013 96 66
2012 94 68
2011 89 73
2010 91 71


Submit all three parts separately, in the forms indicated above, to the Individual project 3 dropbox in D2L.