WR387 :: Technical Writing, Spring 2012

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Course Schedule

Project 1 :: Project 2 :: Project 3

Unit 1 - Teamwork, Clients, and Technical Communication - Week 1 :: Project 1 Assignment Sheet

1/17 :: Course introduction; review syllabus; academic and technical writing; teamwork; Project 1

1/19 :: Bring your technical writer job ads!; choose project/teams (5 people for each); read TCT chapters 1 and 3; read the Project 1 assignment sheet; book check

Week 2

1/24 :: Bring idea for client; read the Anderson section on client projects and TCT chapter 2

1/26 :: Read TCT chapters 5 and 8; Richnor Springs group: read "Who Are We?" and the information on Richnor Springs from News and Events

Week 3

1/31 :: Group memo due; read TCT chapter 17 and the Purdue OWL's Paramedic Method; review the Grading Criteria handout at the top of this page

2/2 :: Bring completed reader and context analysis charts of your clients; read the Purdue OWL's Five Principles of Readability

Week 4

2/7 :: Read TCT chapter 20, the Flesch-Kincaid readbility measures, and read-able.com

2/9 :: Bring your rough draft proposal for the workshop; reading test 1

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Unit 2 - Technical Writing and Your Career - Week 5 :: Project 2 Assignment Sheet

2/14 :: Bring the rhetorical analysis of your technical writing job ad organization; read TCT chapters 11, 14, and the Project 2 assignment sheet

2/16 :: Project 1 due printed for class and via email for my comments; read Miller and Durack

Week 6

2/21 :: Bring your resume and cover letter; read Dubinsky and Ornatowski

2/23 :: Read Rutter

Week 7

2/28 :: Read TCT chapters 4 and 10

3/1 :: Review the Observations, Interviews, and Surveys handout and the Purdue OWL's Primary Research resource to finalize your Project 2 questions; read Katz and Kirsch; review creating your own organization's code of ethics, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions; read WTOP news brief on Cheney and Waterboarding and enough of these memos to have a good idea of the U.S. Department of Justice's stance on waterboarding: U.S. Department of Justice Memo; reading test 2

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Week 8

3/6 :: Spring Break, no class (make good life choices)

3/8 :: Spring Break, no class (make good life choices)

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Unit 3 - Websites and Usability - Week 9 :: Project 3 Assignment Sheet

3/13 :: Bring your rough draft of Project 2; read TCT chapter 18 and EyeGuide information

3/15 :: Project 2 due; read TCT chapter 19

Week 10

3/20 :: Read TCT chapter 22 and Purdue OWL Usability Report

3/22 :: Read usability testing page

Week 11

3/27 :: In-class work day

3/29 :: Read Smashing Magazine's pages on designing user-centered, effective web sites; remind me to provide you with the Computers and Composition article for next week!

Week 12

4/3 :: Read Tom Jewett's page on Section 508 and W3C compliance and Computers and Composition article on W3C and Section 508 compliance

4/5 :: Easter Break, no class

Week 13

4/10 :: In-class test day

4/12 :: In-class test day, part deux

Week 14

4/17 :: Reading test 3; in-class work day

4/19 :: In-class work day

Week 15

4/24 :: Project 3 drafts due for workshop #1; read Dreamweaver tutorial; Richnor Springs group present deliverables to Association President at 6:45 PM in 5104 building (with me)

4/26 :: Last day of class; Project 3 complete drafts due for workshop #2

5/5 :: Final draft of deliverables are due in print and electronic formats by 9:00 AM in MD Hall 240. Please remember to write your team name and the mailbox number of your POC on your envelope. Web instructions due by midnight; email me the link

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