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Fall 2014 – Adapter Interfaces Exercise

Happy Final Week of the 2nd Semester! Today we’re going to investigate Adapter Interfaces. Use the provided links to answer the following study questions. Write your answers in a Microsoft Word or Google Docs document, and place a copy of the document onto the server in the StudentsTempFiles > Marmolejo NetOp > Student Drop Folder > 5.0 – Adapter Interfaces by the end of class tomorrow. Feel free to work in pairs, but make sure you each turn in your own separate Word document.

ISA – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry_Standard_Architecture

1. The ISA standard supports two bus widths, what are they (in bits)?

2. What interface is directly descended from ISA?

3. Is ISA still in use?

4. What interfaces currently in use are derived from ISA?

5. What is EISA, and how does it relate to ISA?

PCI – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conventional_PCI

6. What does PCI stand for?

7. What two bus widths does the PCI standard support?

8. What types of devices can you connect in a PCI expansion slot?

9. What is the peak transfer rate for a 32-bit PCI slot (in MB/second)?

10. What is the difference between a “Full-size” PCI card, and a “Low-profile” PCI card?

AGP – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerated_Graphics_Port

11. What type of card is primarily used in AGP expansion slots?

12. What drawback of the PCI bus led to the development of the AGP standard?

13. What is the maximum bandwidth (in MB/second) of the AGP bus?

14. Is AGP still in use today?

PCIe – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCIe

15. What improvements did the PCIe interface introduce over the PCI and AGP interfaces?

16. What is a “Lane”, as defined by the PCIe standard?

17. What are the five form factors of PCIe cards?

18. What is the relationship between a PCIe slot’s form factor and the number of lanes it contains?

19. What is the maximum number of lanes currently in common use?

20. What is the maximum bandwidth (in MB/second) of the PCIe v3.0 per lane?

21. What type of expansion cards can be used in a PCIe slot? Which is the most common?

Fall 2014 – Final Project – Papercraft Personalities


Students will use all of the skills they have acquired throughout the semester to make a very simple form of papercraft that represents them and their personality.

Student-Friendly Learning Target: 
I can produce a papercraft figurine using InDesign and Photoshop.

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Topics Discussed:

  • InDesign Page Layout
  • Digital Photography
  • Photoshop Image Manipulation
  • Principles of Design

Phase I – Designing the Product
To begin, you will need to connect to Student Temp Files> Marmolejo DTP 1-2>Student Pickup Folder>Final Project 2014 and look for “Student Papercraft Template 2014.pdf”. Open this file and examine its contents. You will notice that there are eight white spaces that need to be filled. You will need to place this file in Indesign and use it as a template to create a papercraft figurine of yourself. Use the InDesign tools to draw photo frames the same size as these white spaces and get ready to take some pictures to fill them with.

To get your photos, choose a partner and check out a camera. You will need to take eight pictures of your partner: one portrait, two profile shots (left and right), a shot of the back of their head, and four full body shots (front, back, left and right). Use the maroon or brick walls in the hallway outside the room for an ideal neutral background. Remember your rules for taking great photos as you take these pictures. See me when you finish so your photos can be loaded into your computer.

Next, adjust your photos in Photoshop (remove the background and replace it with a color or pattern of your choice) and save them as individual .psd files. Place these in your Indesign template in the appropriate photo frames. Resize, crop and position them proportionally (no squashing or stretching) so they look correct. You now have a papercraft figurine of yourself.

Phase II – Marketing the Product
Using Photoshop and Indesign, design a logo for your papercraft figure, as if it were a product you were selling. Think of the logos on dolls and action figures for inspiration, and remember the principles of C.R.A.P. as you plan your design. Use at least two different fonts and include either your first or last name (or both, if you choose) in the name of your product. Place this logo prominently on your papercraft page.

Phase III – Accessorize!
Using your favorite image search engine on the Internet, find at least four pictures that represent your favorite things. Make the backgrounds of these pictures transparent and place them on your papercraft page under the headline “Accessories”. Scale the accessories so they are proportional with your figure. These will be accessories for your papercraft figure.

Final Phase – Assembly and Delivery
Make sure all of your page elements are arranged according to the principles of C.R.A.P. and place a copy in the CGD 1 Final Project 2012 folder on the server. I will print out two color copies for you. Using a pair of scissors, cut out your papercraft figurine. Be sure to cut all slits before you begin folding it. Fold and assemble your figurine according to the instructions on the template. Cut out all your accessories as well. When complete, it should look like the examples in my window. Have your completed figurine and all four of its accessories assembled and under my Christmas tree before end of class on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014.

This is your final project, and will be graded based on the effectiveness of your use of the principles of C.R.A.P. in your overall design, the design of your logo, and the assembly of your papercraft figurine. You have more than seven full days of class time to complete this project, so please use your time effectively and wisely. Good luck and happy papercrafting!

Assigned: December 8th, 2014
Due Date: December 16th, 2014