TECHNICAL WRITING COMM4240.01 Spring 2011INSTRUCTOR: Bridget Sheffer, M.A. CRN: 30460EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org TIME: 2:00-2:50 pm email@example.comPHONE: 435-610-1049 CLASS: Centrum 221TEXT: 435-610-1049OFFICE HOURS: by appointment FINAL EXAM: Friday, December 14, 2012 from 1-2:50TEXTTechnical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach, 7thed. Paul V. Anderson. Wadsworth, 2011.Supplemental texts: Elements of Style (Abbreviated “Style” in Course Calendar) William Strunk, Jr. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-fiction (Abbreviated OWW) William ZinsserINSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION Academic Integrity: Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for information about procedures and about what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior. Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment has no place in this class, on this campus or in your life. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please contact the Counseling and Psychological Services Office at 865-8621. Emergency Management Statement: In case of an emergency, the University’s Emergency Notification System (ENS) will be activated. Students are encouraged to maintain updated contact information using the link on the homepage of the mySUU portal. In addition, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Emergency Response Protocols posted in each classroom. Detailed information about the University’s emergency management plan can be found at: http://www.suu.edu/emergency HEOA Compliance Statement: The sharing of copyrighted material through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, except as provided under U.S. copyright law, is prohibited by law. Detailed information can be found on the SUU website at http://www.suu.edu/it/p2p-student-notice.html. A.D.A.: “If you are a student with a medical, psychological, or learning disability or think you might have a disability andwould like accommodations, contact the DisabilityResourceCenter (652-7516) in the StudentServicesCenter. The DisabilityResourceCenter will determine eligibility of the student requesting special services anddetermine the appropriate accommodations related to their disability.”
General description of the course: This course focuses on practical types of writing used in business and industry. Using principles of analyzing and planning to meet the reader’s informational needs, students produce proposals,instructions and the various types of informative and persuasive reports used in organizations.Course Objectives: 1. To enhance writing simply, clearly and effectively 2. To develop a broad perspective on the ethical and cultural implications of technical writing 3. To exercise analytical, communication, and presentation skills 4. Understand and use the superstructures: reports, letters, memos, etcOur Organizations Technical writing encompasses a large group of writing categories—generally focused on business writing. Since the class is designed for organizational writing, the class will be divided into “organizations.” Each assignment will be done under the interface of the organization. You may be a sole proprietor (one person in the group) or your group may have up to 4 people. Your attendance and participation will be critical for the functioning of “your” organization.EVALUATIONS & ASSIGNMENTS Personal Application Assignments Each application assignment is worth 50 points. Application assignments include: Application (Cover) Letter Resume and/or CV Introduction Speech with speech outline Organizational Application Assignments Each application assignment is worth 50 points. Application assignments include: Chapter Presentation (100 points) Instructions with graphics Memo Website/New Media Writing Assignments Each writing assignment will be assigned a different point system and will be peer-reviewed. More details on these assignments will be given later. Writing assignments include: Announcement Email (25pts) Project Proposal (200 pts) Workshop Wednesdays Workshop Wednesdays are to provide you time to work with your “organization.” Writing Well Fridays Writing well Fridays will be reviews on writing technicalities, such as grammar. These in-class assignments will be worth 25 points each. Mid-term Exam The mid-term exam will be a “perfect essay.” Topic will be assigned later.
Final Exam The final exam will be an essay accounting for your personal contribution to the group. The essay will also request you to account for each group member and their perceived participation. The essay may be completed any time during finals week and uploaded to canvas by December 14th. Privacy will be respected. Attendance &Participation Attendance is critical for your organization; and participation makes class more fun for all of us. Attendance will be worth 150 points. Evaluation criteria summariesand writing assignments will be managed on Canvas.COURSE EXPECTATIONS Reading This course requires completing regular reading, writing and research exercises both in class and out of class. READING ASSIGNMENTS SHOULD BE DONE PRIOR TO CLASS DISCUSSIONS. Professional Writing Standards 1. Review and follow the guidelines regarding plagiarism. 2. Submit all formal writing word-processed, double-spaced, in 12-point type. 3. Conform to a standard academic citation style. 4. Use standard word-processing fonts. Late or Make-up Work No late work accepted. For extenuating circumstances, please see me. PLAGIARISM! This is the use of another source’s words, ideas or statistics without their permission and/or proper citation. Anyone who plagiarizes material in my class will receive a grade of zero on that assignment. I also reserve the right to assign you an “F” for the course and/or refer you to our chair for further sanctions. Please keep in mind that one can be expelled from the college for academic dishonesty. COURSE CALENDAR Date Topic Assignment Due 8.27 Introduction to Class 8.29 Chapter 1: Intro to Technical Writing 8.31 Chapter 19: Oral Presentations 9.3 Introduction Speeches Speech Sentence Outline 9.5 Introduction Speeches Introduction Speeches OWW Simplicity Quiz 9.7 OWW: Chapter 2, Simplicity OWW Audience Quiz OWW: Chapter 5, Audience 9.10 Chapter 14: Designing
9.12 Chapter 17: Communicating Globally Chapter 18: Team Communication9.14 Create Organizational Groups OWW Clutter Quiz OWW: Chapter 3, Clutter9.17 Chapter 22: Letters & Memos Pick a presentation chapter9.19 Chapter 2: Resumes Resume & Cover Letter Guest Speaker Informational Email9.21 Announcing the creation of your organization9.24 Chapter 3: Objectives9.26 Chapter 9: Style Chapter 15: Revising Drafts OWW Style Quiz9.28 OWW: Chapter 4, Style Resume & Cover Letter Chapter 27: Writing Instructions10.1 Chapter 4: Usability10.3 Chapter 8: Drafting10.5 OWW Words Quiz OWW: Chapter 6, Words 10.8 Chapter 13: Graphics10.10 Chapter 16: Testing Drafts Chapter 24: Writing Empirical Research OWW Usage Quiz10.12 OWW: Chapter 7, Usage Instructions with Graphics10.15 Chapter 23: Writing Proposals10.17 Chapter 5: Planning Persuasion Chapter 10: Beginning Communication10.19 OWW: Chapter 8, Unity OWW Unity Quiz Reviewing the “Perfect Essay”10.22 NO CLASS: Fall Holiday10.24 Midterm Essay Midterm Essay Chapter 15: Revising Your Drafts10.26 OWW Quiz OWW: Chapter 9: The Lead & Ending10.29 Chapter7: Analyzing Information10.31 Chapter 25: Feasibility Reports Chapter 26: Progress Reports Interoffice Memo Due11.2 OWW: Chapter 10, Bits & Pieces OWW Quiz 11.5 Chapter 6: Gathering Information 11.7 Group Work Day 11.9 Chapter 11: Ending Communication11.12 Proposal Presentations Organizational Proposal11.14 Proposal Presentations11.16 Proposal Presentations11.19 Elements of Style11.21 No Class-Thanksgiving Holiday
11.23 No Class-Thanksgiving Holiday11.26 Elements of Style11.28 Elements of Style Style Review Quiz Chapter 21: Managing Projects11.30 OWW Quiz OWW: Chapter 16, Business Writing 12.3 Developing & Writing for Social Media 12.5 Group Work Day 12.7 Review, Questions & Answers Social Media Site Study Day12.10 No Class Thursday, May 5FINAL 1 – 2:50