English 402: Literary Editing and Publishing

     Instructor: Bryan Fry
     Office: Avery 371
     Office Hours: Summer hours by appointment


     Course Schedule

Week 1 Technical Documents / Application Prep
May 8-12 Schedule Homework Examples Due
M Review syllabus and schedule; listen to NPR on technical writing; The Power of Simple Words; Take Me Out to the Legal Game -
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T Discuss Chapter 1 in Technical Communication (TC); Analyze technical documents
Read Chapter 1 in TC
Bring a technical document to class
Technical Doc 1
Technical Doc 2
Technical Document
W Discuss Job/Grad Application Portfolio; Complete OWL Skills Checklist Activity; Brainstorm ways to find Job ads and Graduate School info Read 385-396 in TC
Skim ethical concerns in job searches
Print out Owl Skills Checklist
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Owl Skills Checklist (printout)
Th Class Meets in AML; Begin Job/School Prep Assignment; Keep job ad, grad info, research, and Prep Assignment for your Portfolio Review 385-396 in TC
Bring three job ads or three graduate applications to class
Good Job Ad
Bad Job Ad
Prep Assignment
Three Job ads or Grad apps
F Class Meets in AML; Discuss Resumes and formatting choices Read 397-411 in TC
Read format choices and select the style that will suit your application--write a brief justification in defense of your choice
Brief Justification Brief Justification
Week 2 Resumes and Cover Letters
May 15-19 Schedule Homework/Tutorials Examples Due
M Class Meets in AML; Discuss Cover Letters and Personal Statements Read 411 and 412 in TC
Complete exercise 4 (brief memo) on 417
Memo Format

Brief Memo

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Class Meets in AML; Work on Resume Activity Read 250-254 and 265-272 in TC
Complete the first draft of your resume and bring a printed copy to class
Good Resume

Poor Resume
Resume Draft
W Peer Review of Cover Letter/ Personal Statement
Complete the first draft of your cover letter or personal statement and bring a printed copy to class along with your job ad or gaduate application information Cover Letter 1
Cover Letter 2

Grad Statement
Cover Letter/ Personal Statement

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Peer Review of revised application materials Bring revised drafts of your application materials to class along with copies of your job ad or grad info - Letter and Resume Revisions
F Review Job/Grad Application Portfolio; Introduce the Menu Redesign Project; Discuss document analysis; Break into groups for collaborative redesign project Read Chapter 345-353 in TC
Locate a poorly designed menu from a restaurant or bar in our area and bring it to class
Food Menu

Drink Menu
Menu
Week 3 Redesign Project
May 22-26 Schedule Homework/Tutorials Examples Due
M Review usability notes and usability worksheet; begin designing usability test with your partner. Read Jakob Nielsen's Usability 101
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T Class Meets in AML; Workshop day   Read Amy Schade's Pilot Testing;
Complete usability testing on at least three first-time users

- Usability Results
W Class Meets in AML; Workshop day Complete usability testing on at least three first-time users - Usability Results
Th Discuss using graphs in the recommendation and oral reports Read Chapter 12 in TC; Present usability results in two different kinds of graphics
- Graphs
F Job/Grad Application Portfolio Due
Discuss details of the recommendation report
Schedule Presentations
Read Chapter 18 in TC - Job/Grad Portfolios Due
Week 4 Redesign Presentation / Final Report
29-June2 Schedule Homework/Tutorials Examples Due
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Memorial Day: No Class

Read "Really Bad PPTs" and watch the Ted Talk: "6 speaking tips for scientists and engineers." -
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T Peer Review Bring orignal menu as well as a prototype of the redesign to class
- Original Menu
Prototype
W Class meets in AML; Workshop day Read Chapter 21 in TC - -
Th Oral Presentation of the Redesign Project (attendence is required) Use the strategies in Chapter 21 to prepare your presentation; work on report -
Presentation
F Oral Presentation of the Redesign Project (attendence is required) Use the strategies in Chapter 21 to prepare your presentation; reports due; complete colleague evaluation Report

Evaluation
Presentaton
 Report
Evaluation
Week 5 Collaborative Repurposing Project
June 5-9 Schedule Homework/Tutorials Examples Due
M Introduce the Collaborative Repurposing Project; Discuss Pitch Proposal; Break into Groups Read Chapter 16 in TC - -
T Classs meets in AML; Discuss research in the workplace; brainstorm techniques that will help yeild answers to your workplace research questions Read Chapter 6 in TC; Draft a workplace research question for your pitch proposal and explain it's significance to your project Research Question Research Question
W Pitch Proposal (Attendence is required) Work on pitch proposal - Pitch Proposal
Th Pitch Proposal (Attendence is required) Work on pitch proposal Written Proposal
Format
Pitch Proposal
Written Prop.
F Classs meets in AML; Complete repurpose justification; keep justification assignment for your final report - - Repurpose Justification
Week 6 Memo Writing / Repurposing Presentation and Report
Jun 12-16  Schedule Homework/Tutorials Examples Due
M Class Meets in AML; Discuss Memo Writing: Discuss progress memos Read 359-363 and 372-377 in TC - -
T Classs meets in AML; Workshop day - - -
W Class Meets in AML; Workshop day Progress Memo due by midnight Memo Progress Memo
Th Class Meets in AML; Workshop day Review Oral Presentation requirements - -
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Oral Presentation of the Repuposing Project (attendence is required)
Use the strategies in Chapter 21 to prepare your presentation; Email your completion memo and evalutations to bryanfry@wsu.edu by midnight. -
Presentation
Evaluation
 
   


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