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Week One:

Tues Jan 13


  • On Deck:

    • Introducing ENG 3050


  • Due Before Next Class:  

    • Readings: Anderson's Chapter One, and Kramer & Bernhardt
    • Writing:  Short Written Assignment 1 (or "SWA 1"), the Email Correspondence


Thurs Jan 15



  • Due Before Next Class:

    • Readings: Anderson's Chapter Two, and Project 1 descriptions 
    • Writing:  SWA 2, which is a "Reading Response" 


Week Two:

Tues Jan 20


On Deck:

  • Discussions:
    • Responding to your Responses and Wiki-Workspaces
    • Crafting Resume's and Cover Letters with a "Reader-Centered" Approach 
  • Class Work:
    • Analyzing Job postings, Internship or Co-Op postings
    • Analyzing, Revising, and Re-Designing your C.V.
    • Drafting your Cover Letter


Due Next Class:

  • Drafts of the three components of Project 1
    1. Uploaded copy of the Job-Posting you selected to your roster page
    2. Uploaded well-formatted draft of your resume (in PDF or WORD file) to your roster page
    3. Uploaded draft of your cover letter 



Thurs Jan 22

On Deck:

  • Exploring, Sharing, and Designing Professional Webpage and Career Portfolios 


Due Next Class:

  • A Link on your personal Wiki/Roster Page to the First Draft of your Professional Webpage and Career Portfolio, with:
    • an image,
    • your uploaded resume draft,
    • your uploaded cover letter draft
    • three links to institutions, organizations, or businesses with which you are involved so that a potential employer can more easily research your credentials
    • and new webpages for posting links to our future projects: two, three and four.

Week Three:

Tues Jan 27

On Deck:

  • Project One Workshop


Due Next Class:


Thursday Jan 29

On Deck:


  • SWA 3 due tomorrow at noon (your phase 4 workshop memo) 
  • Final Project One linked in the appropriate: Project Drop-off before Monday at 11:59pm
  • After browsing the list of requested topics on Wiki-How (and possibly requesting your own), post three ideas for Project 2 posted on your roster page


Week Four:


Tuesday Feb 3



On Deck:

  • Discussion of what makes project two good

  • Discussion of what's due this week

  • Three Rounds of Practice with instruction sets 


Due Next Class:

  1. ReadCh. 14 “Creating Reader-Centered Graphics” and Ch. 16 “Designing Reader-Centered Pages and Documents” inTC. 

  2. Read:  How to Contribute to WikiHow 

  3. ReadHow to Format a WikiHow Article  

  4. On your Roster, create "'X's Project 2 Planning Guide" (see Feb 3 for requirements)


Thursday Feb 5

On Deck:

  1. Review Winning (and Losing) Practice Instruction Sets 
  2. Share instructions discuss potential collaborations.   
  3. Instruction Set Draft Workshop


Due Next Class:

  1. Finished First Draft of Project 2 on WikiHow
    1.  Bring one image or graphic (or as many as you like) and be ready for a brief workshop on graphics and ethics

Week Five:

Tuesday Feb 10


On Deck:

  • Discussion/Troubleshooting Wikihow 
  • Graphics Workshop/Challenge


Due Next Class: 

  • Finished Draft of your WikiHow article (with images)


Thursday Feb 12


On Deck:

  • Collaborative Revision Workshop for our finished drafts of P2

Due Next Class:

  • Read: Chapter 18 "How to Test Your Draft's Usefulness"
  • ReadProject 2 (especially sections B and C) description again 
  • Write: Short Writing Assignment 4, (SWA 4)

Week Six:


Tuesday Feb 17


On Deck: 

  1. Review and Discuss our Assignment Prompt
  2. Discuss Your Usability Test Plans 
  3. Look at samples 
  4. Use your Plan to Prepare:
    1. your usability test (with "procedures" and "script")
    2. your data collection artifact 
  5. Recruit test readers and be recruited (you will need at least two tests, but both do not have to be users from this class)


Due Next Class:

  • Your Usability Test and Data Collection Artifact


Thursday Feb 19

On Deck:

  • review test procedures and facilitation style
  • perform usability testing


Due Next Class: 

  • Bring the results of all your test to class (your 'data collection artifacts')

Week Seven:


Tuesday Feb 24

On Deck:

  • General discussion about (and immediate nostalgia for) the usability tests 
  • Review Project 2 C prompt (the memo/report on your usability testing) (ALL PROJECT 2 MATERIAL DUE FRIDAY)
  • Writing Workshop

Due Next Class:

  • Read Chapters 24, 25, and 26 (p. 483-559)
  • Be prepared to discuss these generally and figure out how to apply these 3 report genres to community, organizational, or technical problems


Thursday Feb 26


On Deck:

  • Discuss and Review a well-executed example of the Project 2 Memo Report
  • Begin Building the 99 Problems Page "Technical Report Exigencies Wiki" or The "99 Tech-Writing Problems" Wiki


Due Tomorrow:


Due Next Class:

  • A brief presentation of your team's "5 exigencies" (Note:you will have an additional 20 minutes next class to prepare)

Week Eight:



Tuesday March 3


On Deck:

  • 5 minute review of goals and the (adjusted) stasis procedure
  • 20-30 minutes to prepare your pitches, and post them on the 99 problems page
  • your pitches
  • your re-commitment to three potential ideas/teams 


Due Next Class:

  • Read:  
  • WriteSWA 5 (Due Next Class) Two or three paragraphs with your answer to the following prompts:
    • After reviewing all the current ideas for project three, what are your top three current choices for a project and why?
    • After reading the two pieces on "Teaming" and the challenges for Professional/Technical writing projects, how do you think each articleoffers: (1) arguments about the exigence or relevance for effective and critically aware team-writing, and (2) several strategies that you think would help you manage a team?



Thursday March 5 


On Deck:

  • Brief Discussion of More Pitches for Project 3 + Responding to your Responses
  • Team Formation:
    • Introductions
    • Initial Project Goals discussed + Drafted
    • Initial Roles and Collaborations discussed 
  • Starting Project 3 (see what's due)


Due Next Class:

  • Your Team Reads Anderson's Chapter Three + Rereads relevant Chapter on your Genre(s) for your Report
  • Your Team Uses Chpt 3 to complete a draft of Project 3 (A), Step One and Two 

Week Nine:


Tuesday March 10


On Deck:

  • Team Meeting One: Reviewing and Revising Steps One and Two of the Plan



Thursday March 12

On Deck:

  • Team Meeting Two:  
    • Where? During Class-Time Thursday in the Undergraduate Library (that's where I'll be mainly), or in Purdy Kresgy
    • What?  Team works on first drafts of Step 3 and Step 4 of your Plan, specifically following the prompts in the Assignment Description.

Week Ten:

Tues March 24


On Deck:

  • Welcome Back!
  • Final Team Meeting Before Plan is Due...
    • Meetings Respond to General and Specific Feedback
    • Finish (or plan how to finish) your written plan with revision and peer review processes. 

Due Wednesday or Friday?  


Thurs March 26


On Deck:

  • Searching and Researching Methods: In Theory and In Practice
    • One: Prioritizing Primary Research
    • Two: The Secondary Research Hour 


Week Eleven:


Tues March 31


On Deck:

  • Discussion Strategies
  • Drafting Strategies (Deploying Superstructures, Descriptive Outlines, and Stubs)



Thursday April 2 

  • On Deck:

    • Tips on Finishing your Methods section 

    • Rounding out your descriptive outline -- with emphasis on starting drafts of your evaluations 

    • Have Coach review your Primary Research tools 

  • Due Next Class:

    • Drafts of key sections for Feasibility Studies: see today's class

    • Drafts of key sections for Proposals: see today's class

Week Twelve:



Tuesday April 7

On Deck:

1) The SuperStructure and "Machinery" of a Complex Feasibility Study

2) The SuperStructure and "Machinery" for our Feasibility studies: http://fstudysuperstructure.pbworks.com/

3) For Feasibility Studies, Co-Writing Your Evaluation and "Results" Sections 

4) For Proposals, The Co-Writing of Your Objectives, Problem and Solution Sections


Thursday April 9

On Deck:

  • 10 Minute Survey Sprint
  • Visualizing Results

Week Thirteen


Tuesday April 14

On Deck:

  • Revision Strategies

Due Next Class:

  • Bring several copies of your draft (including some hard-copies) for peer review



Thursday April 16

  • Evaluation of our Reports: Peer Review 
  • Introducing Common Editing Procedures for Technical Communication

Week Fourteen


Tuesday April 21

On Deck:

  • Brief review of final revision work
  • Initiate Editing Commitments
  • Introduce and Discuss Final Memo Writing


Thursday April 23


On Deck:

  • SETS
  • Final Team Meeting
  • Performance Peer Review (some co-authoring and Revision Work)


Friday Technical Report Due to the Project Three Chest

Week Fifteen


Tuesday April 28: University Study Day (No Class)


Wednesday April 29:

  • Minor Revisions to Professional Webpage due 




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