All work is due on the day posted unless otherwise noted. Work should be submitted in the Discussion Forum in Blackboard unless otherwise noted.

August 28

  • Post in the Discussion Forum in Blackboard that you have read the Syllabus. Also post any questions you may have at this point.

August 30

  • Review Schedule and Assignments

September 4 & 6

  • Read and write a summary of the handout on genre. Post your summary in Blackboard Discussion Forum.
  • Review the info about the Chapter Quizzes.
  • Read Chapter 1 in The Essentials of Technical Communication 4th edition (hereafter known as TETC) by Elizabeth Tebeaux and Sam Dragga. Complete one test for the chapter.

September 11 & 13

  • Read Chapter 7 in [TETC]. Complete one test for the chapter.
  • After reading Chapter 7, complete the Email Activity.
  • Read the project description for Analyzing Writing in Your Field https://falcon.tamucc.edu/wiki/SGarza/DocumentChart. Post in the Discussion Forum what career area you are going to choose, and any questions you have about the project. Make sure that you click on the links that take you to the actual documents. This will help you know what to look for as you search for documents in your area.
  • Read Chapter 6 in [TETC]. Complete one test for the chapter.
  • Review the information about the Document Archive activity.
  • Submit a sample document to the Document Archive, which is found in the Discussion Forum. This will be your first document that is an example of writing in your career area. The document must have some type of illustration, as covered in Chapter 6 of [TETC].

September 18 & 20

  • Read Chapter 4 in [TETC]. Complete one test for the chapter.
  • Review the information on the Style Heuristic. Here's a video review of the document https://youtu.be/dlRU1Ytemb4.
  • Complete the Style Heuristic worksheet for the sample document you submitted last week. This will be Doc 1 on your Style Heuristic worksheet.
  • Read Chapter 9 in [TETC]. Complete one test for the chapter.
  • Submit a sample document to the Document Archive. The document must be a proposal or progress report, as covered in Chapter 9 of [TETC].
  • Complete the Style Heuristic worksheet for the sample document you submitted for Chapter 9. This will be Doc 2 on your Style Heuristic worksheet.

September 25 & 27

  • Read Chapter 2 in [TETC]. Complete one test for the chapter.
  • Read "Evaluating and Testing as You Revise" (in Blackboard)
  • Review the sample document you submitted last week to the Document Archive using the info from the reading. Talk about how the writer of the document presented the information as reader based prose. Be very specific in explaining your points, including telling your reader where the info you are referring to is found in the document you are discussing, including page number and section/paragraph. In other words, your reader show know exactly what you are talking about when you refer to info from the chapter as well as info from the document you are discussing. Make sure you discuss all of the points about reader based text from the reading and how those are accomplished in your document.
  • Review the information in the the Document Archive activity about voting for top 3 documents.
  • Post your vote on the top 3 documents submitted last week to the Document Archive, along with the other info required for this activity.
  • Read Chapter 8 in [TETC]. Complete one test for the chapter.
  • Submit a sample document to the Document Archive. The document must be a report, as covered in Chapter 8 of [TETC].
  • Complete the Style Heuristic worksheet for the sample document you submitted for Chapter 8. This will be Doc 3 on your Style Heuristic worksheet.

October 2 & 4

  • Read Chapter 5 in [TETC]. Complete one test for the chapter.
  • Choose one of the documents you have submitted to the Document Archive, and use the "Document Design Checklist" from TETC Chapter 5 to analyze the design of the document. Post your analysis, making sure that you explain based on the information in the checklist.
  • Vote on the top 3 documents submitted last week to the Document Archive.
  • Read Chapter 10 in [TETC]. Complete one test for the chapter.
  • Submit a sample document to the Document Archive. The document must be instruction, procedure or policy related, as covered in Chapter 10 of TETC.
  • Complete the Style Heuristic worksheet for the sample document you submitted for Chapter 8. This will be Doc 4 on your Style Heuristic worksheet.

October 9 & 11

  • Review Analysis Report https://falcon.tamucc.edu/wiki/SGarza/DocumentAnalysisReport. Post that you have read the document, and any questions you have at this point.
  • Start "Power Searching with Google." Go to https://falcon.tamucc.edu/wiki/SGarza/PowerSearchingWithGoogle to find the instructions for the activity. You will need to start working on this activity this week, but the due date to finish it is not until next week. For this week, post that you have read the instructions and started working on the activity. Also post any questions you have.
  • Vote on the top 3 documents submitted last week to the Document Archive.
  • Read Chapter 3 in [TETC]. Complete one test for the chapter.
  • Submit a sample document to the Document Archive. The document must have an ethical element, as covered in Chapter 3 of TETC.
  • Complete the Style Heuristic worksheet for the sample document you submitted for Chapter 8. This will be Doc 5 on your Style Heuristic worksheet.

October 16 & 18

October 23 & 25

  • Using the Reader Based concepts from "Evaluating and Testing as You Revise" (in Blackboard) that we read earlier, review one Document Chart for another student in the course. Discuss where you see reader based content, and where you see writer based content and what you would recommend to make that content reader based. Include screen shots of the sections you are talking about to help the reader understand your review.
  • Review the info for the Document Analysis Report https://falcon.tamucc.edu/wiki/SGarza/DocumentAnalysisReport and post what 3 documents you have chosen. Explain why you think these are the best documents based on your purpose for writing the report. Focusing on #s 4, 5 &10 from the activity info, post what information you have found. Hopefully the stuff you learned from the Google activity will help you with this. Provide complete source info. Just posting a url is not enough.

October 30 & November 1

  • Find some job ads/articles about jobs related to your career area. Look for trends in terms of how information is communicated. What kinds of writing is required? What writing/communication skills do you need? Is most of the writing digital? Etc. Post what you found, what trends you see. How does the info you gathered so far in this class help you prepare to find a job in your career area? Are there other things we could focus on related to writing that would be helpful? Make sure to give complete info as to where the info comes from (not just urls).
  • Post the final version draft of your Document Chart
  • https://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/genrestypes_of_documents/
  • https://writingcenter.uconn.edu/personal-statements/#

November 6 & 8

  • Post the first draft of your Document Analysis Report https://falcon.tamucc.edu/wiki/SGarza/DocumentAnalysisReport.
  • Based on what you've learned about the kind of writing that is required in your career area, and what you found last week in the job ads/articles, write a paragraph or two about yourself as a writer and how you are qualified to take on the writing that is required in your career area. Include some reference to the info you have found about writing in your career area (and complete source info about the reference). You need to provide context for what you are presenting.

November 13 & 15

  • Using the Reader Based concepts from "Evaluating and Testing as You Revise" (in Blackboard) that we read earlier, review one Document Analysis Report for another student in the course. Discuss where you see reader based content, and where you see writer based content and what you would recommend to make that content reader based. Include screen shots of the sections you are talking about to help the reader understand your review.
  • Review Document Analysis Presentation https://falcon.tamucc.edu/wiki/SGarza/DocumentAnalysisPresentation and Applying for Jobs https://falcon.tamucc.edu/wiki/SGarza/ApplyingForJobs. Post a list of some of the important points you gathered from the readings about how to make presentations reader based. Then tell whether you plan to use Spark, Story Maps or Sway for your Document Analysis Presentation, and why you picked the one you did. Also post any questions you have about the Document Analysis Presentation.

November 19

  • Extra Credit - Attend speaker presentation starting at 3:30 in UC LONESTAR BALLROOM B

November 20

  • Post final draft of the Word Version of the Document Analysis Report. Make sure to post it in pdf format!!!!

November 22 - Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27 & 29

  • Post first draft of Document Analysis Presentation https://falcon.tamucc.edu/wiki/SGarza/DocumentAnalysisPresentation
  • Using the Reader Based concepts from Evaluating and Testing as You Revise we read about earlier, review one Document Analysis Presentation for another student in the course. Discuss where you see reader based content, and where you see writer based content and what you would recommend to make that content reader based. You can make screen shots of the sections you are talking about to help the reader understand your review.

December 4

December 13 - Final (No in-class meeting. Submit online)

  • Review the Digital Document Analysis presentations and do 3 things:
    • List the top 3 that you would ask to go to the next level in the job search.
    • Explain why you chose them, including information from the resources we have used for this class to support your reasons.
    • And of course you would never do this without providing the source info for the what you include. (Not urls, but complete info so that reader knows how you are referring to other sources as well as where the source can be found. Include page numbers as needed for the reader to find info.)