English 402: Technical and Professional Writing
    Instructor: Bryan Fry
    Office: Avery 371
    Office Hours: MWF 12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Textbook Abbreviations:
     CG -
A Concise Guide to Technical Communication
     NDDB
- Non-Designer's Design Book

     This schedule may change as the course progresses. Check here often to see assignment updates, discussion topics, and more.

 Week 1 Jan 13
Monday
Introduction to class; review of syllabus, schedule, academic honesty policy; listen to NPR on technical writing; Take me out to the ballgame
  Jan 15 Wednesday Introduction to Technical Communication

Before class:
1)   Read CG: Chapter 1;
2)   Complete Exercise 1, p. 12 (online) or p. 14 (book) by class time;
3)   Read Markel on ethics; be prepared to write about the article in class (bring printout of article to class.

During class:
  Notes on Gurak and Lannon Chapter 1
  Spaghetti bowl military analysis
  NYT and PPT
  Jan 17
Friday
Unit 1: Rhetorical Approaches to Job Applications

Before class:

1) Complete OWL Skills Checklist and bring to class;
2) Locate and bring to class three (3) job ads that you could apply for after graduation;
3) Read ethical concerns in job searches to prepare for class discussion and for in-class writing;

During class:
  1) Discuss ads and Skills Checklist
  2) Discuss and write on ethical concerns
  3) Review Job Application Portfolio  format
Week 2 Jan 20
Monday
No Class--MLK Day!
  Jan 22
Monday
Bring Laptops to Class; bring CG to class!

Before class:

  Read Chapter 2 in CG and article on e-resumes:

During Class:
  Begin Job/School Application Prep Assignment
  Jan 24
Wednesday
Class Meets in AML; bring CG to class!

Before class:
  Email Job/Applicaton Prep Assignment to yourself so you can work on it in class.

During Class:
  Finish Job/School Application Prep Assignmnent
 Week 3 Jan 27
Monday
Application letter workshop; meet in AML; bring CG to AML!

Before class:
1) Read CG: p. 193-200;
2) Read Munschauer;
3) Write a critique of the application letter that appears on p. 195 of CG.you will need to analyze the following job ad and use specific points from Munschauer to frame your critique; have your critique ready to hand in a beginning of class today.

During class:
1) Discuss Munschauer article and critique;
2) Workshop on Application letter (for job application letters use the OWL Example Employment Documents; for graduate school applications use the OWL resources on writing the personal statement)

Jan 29
Wednesday
Discuss Resume Format/Application Letter Peer Review; meet in classroom

Draft 1 of Cover Letter Due (include copy of job ad)

Before class:
1) Read CG: p. 202-207;
2) Read all OWL links; if you are applying to graduate or professional school read the information about the Curriculum Vitae;
3) Read Format choices and select the style that will suit your application; write a brief justification in defense of your choice;
4) Complete draft 1 of Cover Letter; bring 1 job ad and one printed copy of letter to class; if you are applying to graduate or professional school complete Personal Statement; bring one copy of personal statement as well as basic information on applying to the school.

During Class
  Peer Review of Cover Letter/Personal Statement
  Jan 31
Friday

Designing with Type; meet in AML; bring NDDB to class

Draft 1 of Resume Due (one copy)

Before class:
  Read NDDB: Chapters 9-11 (Designing with Type)

During Class
  Resume draft workshop; OWL Action Verb explanation; OWL Action Verb list

  With a partner, complete the following steps for each of the four linked resumes found 
  below.Write a brief analysis for each step.

1) Analyze Examples 1, 2, 3 and 5 using the concepts of concordance, conflict, and contrast from chapter 9 of NDDB;
2) Identify the type faces used in the same examples based on the categories presented in Chapter 10 of NDDB;
3) Critique the combinations of size, weight, structure, form, and direction used in the three examples based on NDDB Chapter 11.
4) With your partner, look your resumes and critique them based on what you've learned in these Chapters and the analyses you've completed. Write a brief overview of how you will revise your resume based on what you've learned.

Links for in-class exercise: Example 1; Example 2; Example 3Example 4;

  Week 4 Feb 3
Monday
Class meets in AML
Finish assignment from Wednesday
   Feb 5
Wednesday

Letter and Resume Revisions Due; meet in classroom

Bring job ad and copy of letter and resume

During class:
  Peer Analysis

  Feb 7
Friday
No Class
 Week 5 Feb 10
Monday

Begin Unit 2: Document Redesign Project (DRP)
Meet in AML

Before class:
  1) Read CG: Chapter 8 and 9;
  2) Complete Exercise #1 on p. 180 of CG--bring article to class with list of visuals

During class:
  1) Review Job App Portfolio format
  2) Introduce Document Redesign Project
  3) Compare visuals with a partner
  4) Analyze handout via the checklist on p. 180


Links for resume/letter revisions
 
Review parallelism and comma use

  Feb 12
Wednesday
Discuss Usability Testing; meet in AML

Before class:
  1) Read CG: Chapter 3 (Usability);
  2) Read Jakob Nielsen web materials;

During class:
  Read usability notes  
  
Complete Usability Worksheet
  Feb 14
Friday
Meet in AML; bring NDDB to AML

Before class:
  1) Complete Job Application Portfolio
  2) Read NDDB: Chapters 1-6; (pp.1-86)

During class:
With your DARS partner, review the following pages in the NDDB: 32, 50, 64, and 80. Once you have done that, complete the assignment below:  
 Week 6 Feb 17
Monday
Presidents' Day
  Feb 19
Wednesday
Meet in AML

Revised drafts of Job Application materials due for final evaluation

During class:
 
Details of DARS Project
  Feb 21
Friday
Meet in AML; Workshop day
 Week 7 Feb 24
Monday
Meet in AML; Workshop day
  Feb 26
Wednesday
No Class
  Feb 28
Friday
No Class
 Week 8 March 3
Monday
Meet in AML
 
Draft of DRP report due for peer review


During class:
 
peer review information
  March 5
Wednesday
Meet in AML; Workshop day
    March 7
Friday
Meet in AML; Workshop day
 Week 9 March 10
Monday
Meet in classroom

Oral presentations of DRP (attendance required)

  March 12
Wednesday
Meet in classroom

Oral presentations of DRP (attendance required)
  March 14
Friday
Meet in classroom

Oral presentations of DRP (attendance required); final draft of materials due
; please complete a colleague evaluation for each member of your team and email it to bryanfry@wsu.edu.
           March17-21 Spring Break
 Week 10 March 24
Monday
Meet in classroom

During class
  Begin Unit 3: Collaborative Repurposing Project; brainstroming
  March 26
Wednesday
Meet in Classroom

Before class:

  R
ead Chapter 6 of CG; bring your field or discipline's code of ethics to class for discussion.

During class

  Ethics, Copyright and Privacy; 

  March 28
Friday
Meet in AML; workshop
 Week 11 March 31
Monday
Meet in Classroom; Pitch Proposal Presentations (attendance required)
  April 2
Wednesday
Meet in Classroom; Pitch Proposal Presentations (attendance required)
  April 4
Friday
Meet in Classroom; Pitch Proposal Presentations (attendance required)

Before class:
  Complete Pitch Proposal Written Report

During class:
  Compose teams for Research Report
 Week 12 April 7
Monday
Meet in AML

During class:
  Complete Repurpose Justification.
  April 9
Wednesday
Meet in AML; Workshop day
  April 11
Friday
Meet in AML; Workshop day

Before class:
  Reading 1; Reading 2; CG p. 189-192

During class:
 
Parts of a Memo
  Format of a Memo
  Sample Memo
  Progress memo details

 Week 13 April 14
Monday
Meet in AML
  April 16
Wednesday
Meet in AML

Repurposing Project details

April 18
Friday
Meet in AML; Workshop day

Progress Memo due by midnight
 Week 14 April 21
Monday
Meet in AML; In-class team workshop

Repurpose Oral Presentation Requirements
  April 23
Wednesday
Meet in AML; In-class team workshop

Completion Memo details
  April 25
Friday
TBA
 Week 15 April 28
Monday
Meet in AML; Workshop day
    April 30
Wednesday
Final presentations (attendance required)
  May 2
Friday
Final presentations (attendance required)
  May 8
Thursday
Final draft of repuposing project due in Avery 451 by 5:00 p.m.
Completion Memo due by midnight.
In addition to the Completion Memo, please complete a colleague evaluation for each member of your team and email it to bryanfry@wsu.edu. Mail your Completion Memo to the same address.
 

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