Schedule

Course Schedule

8/28 First day of class
9/2 Purpose and Audience; Introduction to Project One
  • READ for Thursday:
    • Markel on Writing Definitions pages 564 – 571 & 574-579
    • Using this list, or Google, find a blog related to your major, career path, or personal interest.  Read a post or two to get a feel for the blog and blogger(s). Post the URL of your chosen blog on your wordpress site.
  • WRITE:
    • Upload Project One Memo to your blog by 11:59 pm, Wed. 9/3/14
    • Write an evaluation (@ 300-500 words) describing the blog you found above by 11:59 pm, Mon. 9/8/14
    • Discuss:
      • Readers and their characteristics
      • What the blogger(s) want their readers to do
      • The ways the blogger(s) influence readers’ attitudes and actions
      • How well these objectives were met (or not).
      • Post this to your wordpress or other blog by 11:59 pm, Mon. 9/8/14
9/4 Definitions
  • Before 11:59 pm tonight: Tweak your Memo Assignment for Project One and email a MSWord doc. file to me. Make sure it includes a sentence definition of your topic.
  • Write an evaluation (@ 300-500 words) describing the blog you found by 11:59 pm, Mon. 9/8/14

    • Discuss;
      • Readers and their characteristics
      • What the blogger(s) want their readers to do
      • The ways the blogger(s) influence readers’ attitudes and actions
      • How well these objectives were met (or not).
      • Post this to your wordpress or other blog by 11:59 pm, Mon. 9/8/14
  • Before class on Tuesday, 9/9: Read Chapters 4 (“Planning for Usefulness”), 5 (“Planning Your Persuasive Strategies,” p. 117-146),
  • Quiz on Thursday 9/11
  • Project One Due by 11:59 pm Tuesday, 9/16/14:  Post to Wikipedia (or other knowledgebase) and provide a copy of the text with a link to the Wikipedia entry (see an example here). Provide “before” and “after” screenshots as linked files with your references on your team blog page.
9/9 Planning for Usefulness and to Persuade

Homework for Thursday, 9/11 and beyond

Read for Thursday:

  • Technical Communication ch. 24 (“Writing Reader-Centered Proposals”)
  • Project Two information page. (You may also want to skim Project Six as they are related)

Write:

  • Have a rough draft of Project One ready for class on Thursday
  • Project One Due by 11:59 pm Tuesday, 9/16/14:  Post to Wikipedia (or other knowledgebase) and provide a copy of the text with a link to the Wikipedia entry (see an example here). Provide “before” and “after” screenshots as linked files with your references on your team blog page.
9/11 End of Project One

Project One  is due by 11:59 pm Tuesday, 9/16/14:  Post to Wikipedia (or other knowledgebase) and provide a copy of the text with a link to the Wikipedia entry (see an example here). Provide “before” and “after” screenshots as linked files with your references on your team blog page.

Every team member will be responsible for sending me an email by 11:59 pm Thursday 9/18 that includes the name of your team and a numbered ranking of your teammates.

9/16 Starting Project Two

Homework:

Project One is due by 11:59 pm. Post to Wikipedia and your teams blog. Provide a link and screenshots on your blog of the changes made in Wikipedia.

Email rankings (excluding yourself) are due by 11:59 pm Thursday, 9/18.

Read TC, ch. 19.

Write a memo (300 words) to your teammates in response to “Apply Your Expertise” #3.  Consider your execution of Project One and suggest three ways your team can improve productivity heading into Projects Two and Six.  Persuasively explain each suggestion.

9/18 Project One Wrap-Up and Ranking emails due.

Homework:

Read Handout on Team Writing

Project Two Page and Examples

Write: “Apply Your Expertise” #3 on p.  409 by tonight, 9/18 Write a memo (300 words) to your teammates in response to “Apply Your Expertise” #3.  Consider your execution of Project One and suggest three ways your team can improve productivity heading into Projects Two and Six.  Persuasively explain each suggestion.

Team Charter. Memo format from the team to me. Post it on a team blog page and email the link to me. Print and have all team members sign/initial a copy to be retained by me. by Tuesday 9/23

9/23 Sorry, but I had to cancel
9/25 Proposal Problems

HOMEWORK for Tuesday, 9/30/14

Write: Project Two.  Bring two printed copies to class on Tuesday.

Read: Project Three description and ch. 28 of Technical Communications,  “Writing Reader-Centered Instructions”

Register for WikiHow and click around the site.  Be sure to peruse their page of requested topics to generate ideas for your instruction set.

Begin working on Project Six.  This is an ongoing assignment that you should work on throughout the remainder of the semester.

9/30 Project Two Wrap-up

Homework for Thursday 10/2

Read: This post; Ch. 17 “Revising Your Drafts” in TC; and  Macrorie “Cutting Wasted Words

Write: Final draft of Project Two, proposal memo due by 11:59 pm Thursday, October 2. Email a properly formatted word document to me and post a copy on a team member’s blog page devoted to Project Six documents.

Email a short (@ 150-300 words) memo detailing and defending your “rank-and-yank” ratings for Project Two.  Include your group’s decision made on your team charter. Remember, do not include yourself in the rankings.

Homework for Tuesday, 10/7

Read: Ch. 14 “Creating Reader-Centered Graphics” and Ch. 16 “Designing Reader-Centered Pages and Documents” in TC.

Write: Submit a short memo (@200-300 words) detailing for what you intend to provide instructions.  Indicate your topic, your interest in working on it, your qualifications for taking on the topic.

Quiz on Thursday 10/9 on ch. 14, 16, 17, 28 of TC

Ongoing: Final draft of Project Three is due by 11:59 on 10/21

Work on Project Six. Final draft is due 12/2

10/2 Writing Instructions from Graphics

Write: Final draft of Project Two, proposal memo due by 11:59 pm Thursday, October 2. Email a properly formatted word document to me and post a copy on a team member’s blog page devoted to Project Six documents.  Please email a link to  your document page.

Email a short (@ 150-300 words) memo detailing and defending your “rank-and-yank” ratings for Project Two.  Include your group’s decision made on your team charter. Remember, do not include yourself in the rankings.

Homework for Tuesday, 10/7

Read: Ch. 14 “Creating Reader-Centered Graphics” and Ch. 16 “Designing Reader-Centered Pages and Documents” in TC.

Write: Each team member should post to their blog a short memo (@200-300 words addressed to me and your teammates) detailing on what you would like to provide instructions.  Indicate your topic, your interest in working on it, your qualifications for taking on the topic. You may also wish to note one or more of your teammate’s qualifications as well.  If your team has not chosen a topic, this is a chance to persuade them to work on the topic you like best.

10/7
10/9
10/14
10/16
10/21 Project Three Due by 11:59 pm.
10/23
10/28
10/30
11/4 Project Four Due by 11:59 pm.
11/6
11/11
11/13
11/18 Project Five Due by 11:59 pm.
11/20
11/25
11/27 Happy Thanksgiving! No Class.
12/2 Presentations of Project Six
12/4 Presentations of Project Six. Last day of class

 

 

There will be no midterm or final exams.

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