Spring 2014 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.  Also, please check this calendar daily, as I may modify it based upon the needs of our class.

 

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 1/7

 

Introduction to course, syllabus, etc.

Gobbledygook” by Stuart Chase

 

 

R 1/9

 

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

 

 

 

 

M 1/6 – S 1/12

Drop/Add Period

 

 

 

Week Two:  Oral Reports & Business Writing Style

 

T 1/14

 

Oral reports

 ETC: Chapter 11  &

BWH:  presentations

 

 

 

 

R 1/16

 

Audience, purpose

ETC:  Chapter 2 &

BWH:  business writing style and all cross-references

ICA

 

 

 

 

Week Three:  Professional Communication  & Technologies

 

T 1/21

 

Style; mechanics questions

ETC:  Chapter 4

ICA

 

R 1/23

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Week Four:  Routine and Non-routine Correspondence

 

T 1/28

 

Correspondence

ETC:  Chapter 7

Complaint Letter

 

R 1/30

 

 

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 2/4

 

Document Design

ETC:  Chapter 5 &

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

 

ICA

Complaint Letter due

R 2/6

 

Graphics

ETC:  Chapter 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Six:  Job Search & Application/Cover  Letters

 

T 2/11

 

Resumes, application letters

ETC:  Chapter 12

Application letter & résumé

 

R 2/13

 

 

 

ICA:  Workshop

 

 

 

 

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

 

T 2/18

 

 

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

ICA:  Workshop

Research paper due

R 2/20

 

 

 

Application letter & résumé due

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Eight:  Research & Organizational Strategies

 

T 2/25

 

Instructions

ETC: Chapter 17

Set of Instructions with graphic

 

W 2/26

 

Last Day to withdraw with a grade of “W”

R 2/27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Nine:  Formal Reports

 

 

T 3/4

 

Reports

ETC: Chapter 8

 

 

 

2 page report analysis

Set of Instructions due today

 

 

R 3/6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Ten:  Formal Reports (cont.)

 

T 3/11

 

Recommendation reports

ETC:  Chapter 8 &

BWH:  formal reports, organization, and research

Recommendation report

 

R 3/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/17 – 3/21

Spring Break:  No classes

 

Week Eleven:  Proposals

 

T 3/25

 

Proposals

ETC:  Chapter 9 

 

 

Proposal memo to instructor

2 page report analysis due

 

R 3/27

 

 

BWH:  proposals

 

Portfolio due today

 

 

 

Week Twelve:  Business & Professional Ethics

 

T 4/1

 

Ethics

 

ETC:  Chapter 3

 

ICA:  Ethics

Proposal memo to instructor due

 

R 4/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Thirteen:  Progress Reports

 

T 4/8

 

Progress reports

ETC:  Chapter 9

Progress report

 

R 4/10

 

BWH:  progress report

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Fourteen:  Grammar & Writing Wrap-up

 

T 4/15

 

 

BWH

ICA

 

Progress report due today

R 4/17

 

BWH

Workshop:  Recommendation Report

Last day of class

 

 

 

Week Fifteen:  Final Examination Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

T 4/22

 

 

 

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%