Graded Activity Syllabus Schedule

Homework assignments are listed in red. They are due at the beginning of class on the date they are listed. Other assignments will be completed during class. While each class may not have a specific in-class activity listed, some work will be assigned and due during each class. Some in-class work will be done in an online environment, but that work still counts as in-class work and points will be deducted if the work if not completed. You should check the schedule at least once a week, preferably before each class meeting, as new in-class assignments may be posted in response to the progress of other assignments.*

Aug 24

Aug 29

Aug 31

  • Develop Usability Test structure
  • Choose groups for Chapter Presentations
  • Homework: Read Chapters 1, 2 and 3 in Designing Writing: A Practical Guide by Mike Palmquist and be ready to discuss the information during class.
  • Check out Blackboard. You do not have to do anything there today. Just see if you can get in. I posted the wiki links to the course in Blackboard (and hopefully you can see them).
    • Students must access BlackBoard 9 using their Active Directory, (also called their NetId or computer lab access userid) and password. Guidelines for accessing 9.1 are at http://newuser.tamucc.edu.

Sep 7

  • Conduct Usability Test
  • Work on Chapter Presentations

Sep 12

Sep 14

  • Turn in first draft of Usability Report and in the Blackboard Discussion Forum, read at least 3 other drafts (Any drafts you choose are fine.) and post a response where you tell what you found in the other drafts that you think you will be able to use in your own document to make it stronger. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Sep 19

  • Chapter Presentations
    • On the Run
    • The Undead
  • Observation report activity using Smarthinking.

Sep 21

  • Turn in final draft of Usability Report. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.
  • Upload the co-written reports done in class on Monday with your partner(Sep 19). Make sure to put both names on the report. Then post an individual response where you discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the report that you wrote in class. What did you cover well? What did you miss and why do you think you missed it? What needed to be explained better? Then take 2-3 sentences from the report and rewrite those sentences to make them clearer. First, include the sentences you are going to rewrite, and then following that put what you wrote for the rewrite. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Sep 26

  • Chapter Presentations
    • Living in an Undead World
    • On the Defense
  • Zombie observation activity.

Sep 28

  • Turn in Observation Report for the film clip from Night of the Living Dead in the Blackboard Discussion Forum. Also, start thinking about what you think the focus os your chapter for the The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide. Based on your ideas for your chapter at this point in the semester, post in the Blackboard Discussion Forum how you think observation will be useful for your chapter. You can post your response in the same posting where you upload your Observation Report and Field Notes. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Oct 3

Oct 5

  • Turn in first draft of Annotated Bibliography. Take a look at some of the other lists that students post and see if you find resources from their lists that you can use. You don't have to post anything about this part, but you will want to add the new sources to your list before turning the the final Annotated Bibliography next week. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Oct 10

Oct 12

  • Turn in final draft of Annotated Bibliography. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.
  • Turn in first draft of Chapter Proposal in the Blackboard Discussion Forum. Then read as many other proposals as you can and post what your top 3 choices would be for chapters to be included in The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide, and also tell why you are choosing them. Tell what the writer did that convinced you that this would be a good chapter. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Oct 17

  • Work on Chapter Mock-ups

Oct 19

  • Turn in final draft of Chapter Proposal. You will need to upload your file to TCBZSG Chapter Proposals wiki site. It is preferable that your document be in .pdf or at least a .doc format. Also, remove your name from the file as we want this to be a blind review. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.
  • Turn in first draft of Chapter Mock-up in the Blackboard Discussion Forum. Then review as many other proposals as you can and post what your top 3 choices would be for chapters to be included in The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide, and also tell why you are choosing them. Your reasons must include a discussion of the elements discussed in the Designing Writing text. In other words you can't just say that you think the topic is good or you think the information would be useful to readers. You will need to focus on the visual presentation and talk about that as opposed to focusing on the content. Does the visual presentation draw you in as a reader? Why or why not, discussing the elements from the Designing Writing text. Does the visual presentation help you to follow and understand the text better than if the visual elements were absent?

Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Oct 24

Oct 26

  • Chosen Chapters
  • Turn in Application Materials in the Blackboard Discussion Forum .pdf or .doc format. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Oct 31

Nov 2

  • Have one person in the group turn in MOU in the Blackboard Discussion Forum .pdf or .doc format. Individually you must also post that you agree to the terms of the MOU for your group. Feel free to also post questions/concerns. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Nov 7

Nov 9

Nov 14

  • Work on usability questions
  • Work on chapter statement
  • Go over Final Chapter Presentations
  • Work on Chapter Drafts

Nov 16

  • Turn in first draft of the entire chapter for Chapter Draft - Part Two. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Nov 21 & 23

  • No inclass meeting this week

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  • Each member of the group will perform a usability survey with at least 3 people (cannot be people in the class). On Blackboard, post what information you gathered from the people you surveyed that will help you improve your chapter. The info does not have to be in report format. You can just list the questions and the answers in the posting. You can all use the same questions or you may want to use different questions. I would shoot for 3-6 questions. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm on the 23rd in order to receive credit.
  • Make changes to the chapter based on the feedback received in the usability reports. Then one member of the group will need to post a second draft of your chapter on Blackboard. Remember the format for the chapter has to be the same as the "Bloodless" chapter.

Nov 28

  • Final Chapter Presentations

Nov 30

  • Final chapters are due. Your work must be posted no later than 10pm in order to receive credit.

Dec 5

Debriefing Report due at the beginning of the class period. This report must be turned in in person as a hard copy report.

*All dates are tentative and subject to change.