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English 291: Intermediate Technical Writing
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June 2011


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Syllabus & Course Introduction

Don't be a Weiner - why English 291 is important.

Three Key Concepts for Technical Writing: Readability, Audience, & Superstructures

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Email etiquette and form

Assignment: Email Borger Responses to Basic Information prompt

Dream Job Activity

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Business Letter Format

Homework: Letter of Introduction (include headshot)

Perceptions

 

 

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Conclude: Perceptions

Sample Letter: Sachiko

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Due: Letter of Introduction (include headshot)

Assignment: Unit 1 Resume and Cover Letter

Assignment: Job Descriptions

Homework: Read Chapter 1 Communication, Your Career, and This Book & Chapter 2 Overview of the Reader-Centered Communication Process: Obtaining a Job

Links to information on resume writing

Grading Criteria for the semester

 

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Due: have access to an electronic copy of your job description(s) to work with in class - can be link to single job description or Word document

Letters of Intro. extra credit

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Group Work: Rewriting email

 

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Group Work: Revising Resume
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Due: Resume and Cover Letter and print copy of job description for reviewer

Peer Review Resume and Cover Letter

Homework: Memo of peer review: email to author and cc: Borger

 

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Due: Peer Review Memo (email memo to author and cc: Borger). Return resume, cover letter, & job description to author.

Assignment clarification: Emails vs. memos vs. vs. Blackboard vs. formal assignments

In-Class Activity: Wednesday's Email Revisions

Homework: Read Chapter 3 Defining Your Communication Objectives (73-4, 76-9,84-9,90-3). We may be working on the smoking ban case on page 95-96 on Monday.

Read Chapter 9 Developing an Effective Style. We may be working on the memo on page 285 on Monday.

JUNE 26th IS THE LAST DAY TO DROP COURSES / WITHDRAW FOR REFUND

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DUE: Unit 1 Resume and Cover Letter

In-Class Activity: Reflection

Submit hard copies of final, revised resume & cover letter, the drafts of resume & cover letter, the job description, and the peer review memo you received from a classmate last Friday.  Submit electronic copies of revised resume & cover letter on Blackboard.

 

 

 

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Assignment: Unit 2 Report / Proposal Prompt

Results of class voting on Pryzblo Email Revision

Final Group Project Prompt

Sign up for Job Performance Conferences

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Report and Proposal Superstructures: Chapters 23 & 25

Group Work: Pit Bull Report

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Reverse:
Go back to Chapters 3 & 9

Chapter 3 Notes

Chapter 9 Notes

Case: Superfluous Wording pg. 285

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In-class activity: Thursday's Email Revisions

Job Performance / Unit 2 Conferences: Conferences before / after class will meet in my office, Faner 2265.

 

 

 

July 2011

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NO CLASS - 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY
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In-class activity: Thursday's Email Revisions

Discuss: Report & Proposal Formats = Memos on Steroids. 

Text Models:
pg.571 (sample proposal)
pg. 576
pg. 621 (sample report)
pg. 630
pg. 643 (sample report)

Job Performance / Unit 2 Conferences

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Due: Electronic Copy Draft of Report / Proposal

Draft Rotation: You will rotate among 2-4 different proposal/reports and offer pointed commentary (& gather ideas for your own while reviewing others' work)

Report peer review

Proposal peer review

Unit 1 Revision

Use the links page for additional revision information

 

Job Performance / Unit 2 Conferences

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In-Class ActivitySyllabus Report - additional component

 

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Due: Unit 2 Final Report / Proposal Portfolio. Submit final copy on Blackboard (include last name in file name), & printed copies of final copy, draft and review notes, and reflection memo (composed in class).

In-Class: Reflection Memo

Start Finalizing Groups for final projects

Homework: Read Chapter 4 Planning for Usability

JULY 10th IS THE LAST DAY TO DROP A COURSE USING SALUKINET

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Due: Optional Unit 1 Revisions are due today.  Must submit original graded cover letter & resume, purple rubric, & new revisions. Accepted no later than 4 pm to my office mailbox in Faner 2380. 

Assignment: Unit 3 Unsolicited Recommendation

In-Class: Brainstorming

Homework: Read Chapter 5 Persuasive Strategies

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Discuss chapters 4 & 5

Chapter 4 Notes

Chapter 5 Notes

In-Class: Impromptu Persuasion

Revisions Redux: From last Tuesday 07/05/11.  See which groups' revisions received the most votes.

Brainstorm list from yesterday

 

 

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In-Class:
Solicited Proposal & Ethical Considerations - work in the groups for your final projects

 

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Due: Unsolicited Recommendation  draft for peer review.  Bring electronic copy.

In-Class: Review yesterday's memo / finish / revise & resend to Borger.

In-Class: Peer Review

 

Homework: Read Chapter 19 Creating Listener-Centered Presentations: "Tell me what you're going to tell me.  Tell me.  Tell me what you told me."

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Homework: Read Chapter 13 & Chapter 14 on Visual Elements

In-Class Activity: Last Friday's Syllabus Recommendation Memos - read through your peers' memos.  Send Borger an email ranking the emails in order (from 1-7) using some of the concepts from Chapters 3, 4, & 5.

 

 

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Unsolicited Recommendation Due

In-Class: Reflection Memo

In-Class: Visual Elements

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

 

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In-Class Activity:
Group Progress Report - define topic, explain division of labor, rank speaking preferences in order from 1-3, etc. & email to Borger by end of the hour

 

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Workshop: Group Projects / Conferences w/ Borger

In-Class Activity: Audience Analysis

Situational Analysis

Prior knowledge & interest

 

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Workshop: Group Projects / Conferences w/ Borger
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Workshop: Group Projects / Conferences w/ Borger

Portfolio (& on Blackboard)

Portfolio Declarations Page (on Blackboard)

Final Exam (on Blackboard)

Group Evaluations (sent via email)

 

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Formal Proposal and
Group Project
Due WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED LATE

 

 

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Formal Proposal and
Group Project
Due WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED LATE
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Formal Proposal and
Group Project
Due WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED LATE
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Workshop: Portfolios

COURSE EVALUATIONS

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Workshop Portfolios
 
 

August 2011
 

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Final Portfolio and Transmittal Letter Due WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED LATE

Extra-Credit: Include final exam with portfolio = 10% bonus on exam.

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Final exam prep / conferences & course evaluations
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Final exam prep
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FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

Final exams should be emailed to borger@siu.edu no later than 5:00 pm today.  FINAL EXAMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED LATE
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FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
 

Last Update: 27 July, 2011 11:00 pm