Course Schedule- Fall 2005

This schedule is subject to change based on student needs. Please check it regularly for updates.
  Date Class Activities What's Due in Class


Week 1

   
 

T 8/23

Introductions to the course and each other 

In-class survey on background and experience

Assign syllabus response

 
 

TH 8/25

Discuss questions about syllabus 

What is Technical Communication?

Discuss readings

Syllabus response due

Read Johnson-Sheehan “Communicating in the Workplace” and Anderson’s chapter 1 (PDFs- download by clicking on name)
 
Week 2
  T 8/30 Discuss readings and samples

Read Anderson's "Designing Pages and Screens" (PDF- download in WebCT)

Kostelnick & Roberts' "Rhetorical Situation" (PDF- download in WebCT)

Bring 5 samples to class

  TH 9/1
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Identifying and using the CRAP principles

In-class analysis activity

Read Williams NDDB part 1, pages 1-72

 
Week 3
  T 9/6
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Photoshop Demo part 1

Assign and begin work on Mini ad redesign using Photoshop


 
  TH 9/8

Discuss readings and service-learning

Assign Outside Client Part 1- Client Identification & Selection
Read Bowdon & Scott Chapter 1 "What Is Service-Learning?" and Chapter 2 "Service-Learning in Technical and Professional Communication"
 
Week 4
  T 9/13
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Discuss reading

Form Outside Client Project Teams

Begin client research and selection process by exploring Client Leads


Photoshop ad redesign assignment due

Read Bowdon & Scott 1st half of Chapter 4 "Choosing your Project" pages 54-75

  TH 9/15
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Conference time with project team to continue exploring Client Leads

Begin Grocery Express Line Observation

 
 
Week 5
  T 9/20

Discuss Express Line observations and reading

Assign Posted Reflection and Meta-analysis of Emerson, Fetz, & Shaw reading and Express Line Observation Postings

Posted Observation for Grocery Express Line Experience due on WebCT

Read Emerson, Fetz, and Shaw- "Fieldnotes in Ethnographic Research" (PDF- download in WebCT)

  TH 9/22

In-class conference with instructor about potential clients

Client Project Part 1- Names and contact information for 2 potential clients due (use the Potential Clients form downloadable here)

 
Week 6
  T 9/27

Assign Client Project Part 2- Client Research

Discuss qualitative observation as client research method

Discuss Meta-analyses

Notify both potential clients to let them know who was selected

Schedule interview with approved client contact person

Posted Reflection and Meta-analysis of Emerson, Fetz, & Shaw reading and Express Line Observation Postings due


  TH 9/29

Discuss client research strategies

Work with project team to develop client interview questions

Read Bowdon & Scott pages 91-100 and 151-158

Read Burnett's "Locating and Recording Information" (PDF- download in WebCT)
 
Week 7
 

T 10/4
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Web page and Dreamweaver demo Read Bowdon & Scott pages 159-203
  TH 10/6
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Work with project team on transcribing client interview and analyzing collected communication materials

Bring notes & transcripts form client interview

Bring communication materials collected from client and similar organizations

 
Week 8
  T 10/11


Read Bowdon & Scott Chapter 5 "Refining your Project" pages 91-126

Interview transcripts and notes on collected communication materials- Client Project Part 2 due


  TH 10/13
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Assign Client Project Part 3- Proposals

Discuss possible project deliverables and proposal writing

Meet with project team to work on written proposal


 

 
Week 9
  T 10/18
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Short intro to/demo of InDesign

Meet with project team to work on written proposal

 
  TH 10/20
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Peer feedback on Client Proposal

Draft of Client Proposal due
 
Week 10
  T 10/25

Discuss collaboration and reading

Read Bowdon & Scott Chapter 6 "Managing Your Collaboration"

  TH 10/27

Assign and discuss Client Project Parts 4 (Client Deliverables) & 5 (Status Report Presentation)

Revised Client Proposal due

Deliver copy of Proposal to Client ASAP
 
Week 11
 

T 11/1
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Meet with project team to work on client deliverables

 
  TH 11/3
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Meet with project team to work on client deliverables

 
 
Week 12
  T 11/8 Discuss reading and prepare for Client Project Part 5- Oral Status Reports

Read Bowdon & Scott's Chapter 8 "Assessing Your Project" and Chapter 10 "Presenting Your Project"


  TH 11/10
Meet in Eng 121 computer lab

Peer feedback on Client Deliverables

Prepare for Oral Status Reports

Draft of Client Deliverables due

Read Bowdon & Scott's Chapter 9 "Evaluating Your Project"
 
Week 13
  T 11/15 Oral Status Reports- Client Project Part 5 Submit Deliverables to Client by 5pm today for feedback
  TH 11/17 Oral Status Reports- Client Project Part 5

 

 
Thanksgiving Break
  M 11/21-
F 11/25

Class cancelled for break  
 
Week 14
 

T 11/29
Meet in Eng 121 Computer lab

Assign Client Project Part 6- Final Report

Work with Project Team on revising deliverables according to client feedback and on writing Final Report

Bring all project materials and client feedback to class
  TH 12/1
Meet in Eng 121 Computer lab

Course wrap-up

Work with Project Team on revising deliverables according to client feedback and on writing Final Report

 
 
Final's Week
  12/5-12/9 Final drafts of all materials (including revised deliverables and reflection report) due by noon on Wednesday, December 7th