Each week, we will spend Tuesday reading, thinking and preparing with theories and strategies. On Thursday we will practice those strategies and test out those theories with applied workshops and activities. Then on Friday you will demonstrate what you learned by composing an assignment that applies the theories and skills that you learned.
Week 1: Introduction to Tech Writing
4/4 Read: Free day
4/6 Read: “What can History Teach Us about Tech Comm” and “What is the Future of Tech Comm?” (PDF on Gauchospace)
4/13: Workshop: Come to class with at least 2 job ads for positions you would ideally apply for.
Friday 4/14 Job Documents due
Week 3: Technical Rhetoric
4/18 Read: James Paradis, “Text and Action: The Operator’s Manual in Context and in Court” (PDF in Gauchospace)
4/20: Workshop on rhetorical analysis
4/27: Workshop on instructions. Bring draft of instructions to class on Thursday.
Friday 4/28 Instruction set due
Week 5: Audience and Context
5/2 Read “Technical Rhetoric” and prepare questions for Gina Barukh’s visit.
Week 6: Argument
5/9 Reading: No reading. Do research for your white paper.
5/11: Workshop on rhetorical analysis
Friday 5/12 White Paper due
Week 7: Ethics
5/16 Read: Katz “Ethics of Expediency”
Friday 5/19 Proposal Due
Week 8: Composing
5/23: In class workshop
5/25: In class Peer review
Friday 5/26 First draft of Information Packet due
Week 9: Revising
5/30: In class usability test. Gina Barukh Visits.
6/1: Meetings with Dr. Fancher.
Friday 6/2 Information Packet Due
6/6: Review of course
6/8: Prepare for final project
Due: Monday 6/12 Portfolio