POST 364 Max Cycling 74 Workshop (Formerly DC 337)

Giancarlo Pasquesi

Fall 2021-2022
Class number: 7288
Section number: 401
M 3:10PM - 4:40PM
CDM 00526 Loop Campus

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This course is a workshop style introduction to the object-oriented programming language Max, that is used by musicians, designers, filmmakers, and visual artists to create works of Interactive Media. The course will introduce the basics of programming in the Max environment and cover sound synthesis, sample playback, music instrument design, and audio-reactive animation.

While we will not cover every aspect of this platform and programming language, this course aims to provide students with a strong grasp of the fundamental principles and concepts needed to execute their ideas effectively.


Learning outcomes:

      • Students will gain a working fundamental knowledge of the Max programming environment
      • Students will create various Max patches demonstrating the concepts covered each week
      • Students will learn necessary techniques and tools for creating their own custom software in the Max environment
      • Students will propose a concept, then execute their idea in Max to produce a functional software tool



Your grade will be based on both the completion of weekly assignments (40%) and your final project (60%)


Due Dates:

All weekly assignments may be turned in any time before the start of the following class. Assignments turned in late will be docked one full letter grade. If you know you won’t be able to turn something in on time, let me know beforehand if possible and we can find a solution.

Required Course Materials

Course Materials:

I recommend everyone have a reliable backup drive to combat any unforeseen misfortune.


To help students who need a computer to effectively participate in academic activities, CDM is offering a Laptop Loaner Program for the 2020-2021 year. A limited number of laptops available for loan include 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro and Windows laptops.

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296