Fall 2013 Course Calendar

English 3405-02W:  Professional & Technical Writing

 

 

 Students are required to have all textbooks and materials before the second class session, and all readings must be completed prior to coming to class on the date they are noted on this calendar. 

 

Books must be brought to class every day—no exceptions.


Abbreviations:

The Essentials of Technical Communication:  ETC

Business Writer’s Handbook:  BWH

 

Date

Topic

Chapters and/or Readings

 

Assignment

In-class activities (ICA)

Due Date

 

 

 

Week One:  The Writing Process

 

T 8/27

 

Introduction to course, syllabus, etc.

 

 Gobbledygook

 

R 8/29

 

Introduction to technical writing

ETC:  Chapter 1 &

BWH:  "Five Steps to Successful Writing" (following the preface), and the following entries: memos, proofreading, and writing a draft

 

 

 

 

Drop/add period:  8/26 – 9/2

 

 

 

 

Week Two:  Oral Reports & Business Writing Style

 

T 9/3

 

Oral reports

 ETC: Chapter 11  &

BWH presentations

 

 

 

 

R 9/5

 

   

ICA

 

 

 

 

Week Three:  Professional Communication  & Technologies

 

T 9/10

 

Audience, purpose

ETC:  Chapter 2 &

BWH business writing style and all cross-references

ICA

 Rite Properties Memo

R 9/12

 

 Style; mechanics questions

ETC:  Chapter 4 &

BWH e-mail, selecting the medium, Web design, and writing for the Web

 

 

 

 

 

Week Four:  Routine and Non-routine Correspondence

 

T 9/17

 

Correspondence

ETC:  Chapter 7

Complaint Letter

 Business Communication Standards

R 9/19

 

 

BWH correspondence, inquiries and responses, acknowledgment letters, adjustment letters, and cover letters, refusal letters (and cross-references not assigned earlier), collection letters, reference letters, sales letters, international correspondence

ICA

 

 

 

 

Week Five:  Design & Visuals

 

 

T 9/24

 

Document Design

 

 

 

R 9/26

 

Graphics

ETC:  Chapter 5 &

BWH layout and design, formal reports, headings, and visuals (and cross-references not assigned earlier)

&

ETC:  Chapter 6

 

 

 

Leading and Misleading Readers

 

Designing documents

 

 

Complaint Letter due

 

 

 

Week Six:  Job Search & Application/Cover  Letters

 

T 10/1

 

Graphics (cont.)  

ICA

 

 

ICA

 

 

R 10/3

 

Resumes, application letters

ETC:  Chapter 12

Application letter & résumé

 

 

ICA:  Workshop

Skill Set Inventory

 

Job Competencies

 

Job Skills Checklist

 

 

 

Week Seven:  Job Search & Application/Cover  Letters (cont.)

 

T 10/8

 

 

BWH job search (and cross-references not assigned earlier), application letter and résumé

ICA:  Workshop

Research paper due

R 10/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Eight:  Research & Organizational Strategies

 

T 10/15

 

     

 Application letter & résumé due

W 10/16        

Problem Set I due by midnight (email or D2L Dropbox)

Hiring and Bad Grammar

R 10/17

   

 

 

 

F 10/18:  Last Day to withdraw with a grade of “W”

 

 

 

Week Nine:  Formal Reports

 

 

M 10/21       Brochure due today by noon (email or D2L Dropbox)

T 10/22

 

Instructions

ETC: Chapter 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R 10/24

 

Reports

ETC: Chapter 8

 2 page report analysis

 

 

 

 

Week Ten:  Formal Reports (cont.)

 

T 10/29

 

Recommendation reports

ETC:  Chapter 8 &

BWH formal reports, organization, and research

Recommendation report

 

R 10/31

 

 

 

 

 Library Research Day:  EIS Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

Week Eleven:  Proposals

 

T 11/5

 

 Proposals

ETC:  Chapter 9 

 

 

 

 

2 page report analysis due

 

R 11/7

 

  BWH proposals

 Proposal memo to instructor

Portfolio due today

 

 

 

Week Twelve:  Business & Professional Ethics

 

T 11/12

 

    Defining & Describing

ICA:  Problem statement workshop

 

R 11/14

 

Ethics

 

ETC:  Chapter 3

 

ICA:  Ethics

Business Ethics Case Bacon

 

Business Ethics Case False Data

 

Business Ethics Case Pizza

 

Business Ethics Case Too Small Sample

Proposal memo to instructor due

 

 

 

 

 

Week Thirteen:  Progress Reports

 

T 11/19

 

Progress reports

ETC:  Chapter 9

Progress report

 

R 11/21

 

BWH progress report

 

 

 

M 11/25 – F 11/29

Thanksgiving Break:  No classes

 

 

 

 

Week Fourteen:  Grammar & Writing Wrap-up

 

T 12/3

 

 

BWH

ICA

 

Progress report due today

R 12/5

 

BWH

Workshop:  Recommendation Report

Last day of class

 

 

 

Week Fifteen:  Final Examination Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

R 12/12

 

 

 

Recommendation Report due today

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade Determination:

 

Participation

 

5%

Oral Report

 

5%

Quizzes & ICAs

 

20%

Research paper

10%

 

Portfolio

20%

 

 

2 page analysis of report

 

10%

Proposal

(to write a recommendation report)

 

 

10%

 

 

Recommendation Report

20%

 

 

Total

100%