All work is due by midnight for the date posted. All assignments will be posted in Blackboard unless otherwise indicated.* All work must be submitted in Word or pdf formats unless otherwise noted. Please use the "Questions/Help area in the Discussion Forum for all questions over the course of the semester.

Link to IOL where you can login to BlackBoard (See Syllabus for additional information regarding accessing the Blackboard system.)



June 3

  • Read the Syllabus, Taking an Online Course, and How to Become a Successful Online Student, and then post a response in the Discussion area on BlackBoard (which you can find at https://iol.tamucc.edu/), stating that you have read and understand the syllabus and the requirements for taking this course. Also include any questions you have about the class and/or syllabus.
  • Review my Contact Info and Office Hours info and please note that office hours on Sunday evening will be online only. There will be specific areas within Blackboard where I will direct you to ask questions as we progress through assignments. These are usually found in the Discussion area. Please send individual emails using the Blackboard system. These are routed to my TAMUCC email but coming from Blackboard they are labeled in such a way that I can easily identify that they are coming from students. If you email me directly at susan.garza@tamucc.edu I will still respond but your email is more likely to get lost with all the other stuff that comes through my inbox.
  • Also read Welcome to ENGL3301 for more about this class. This is fyi and you do not have to respond after reading.
  • Complete the Introduction Activity called "Let's Get to Know Each Other" found on Blackboard in the Blog area.
  • Post Chapter Choice Memo in the Discussion Forum of Blackboard (BB) telling which Chapter you want to present on as part of the Chapter Test and Discussions assignment. Work is due by midnight June 4th. I will respond to you by June 5th to let you know which chapter you ave been chosen for. For those of you who want to do the first chapter, I will let you know by Tuesday to give you enough time to be ready to present by Thursday.

June 5

  • Read Chapter 1 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 1 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.
  • Read Chapter 2 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 2 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.
  • Post any additional questions you have at this point regarding the schedule.

June 10

  • Complete the Introduction Activity called "Let's Get to Know Each Other Part II" found on BB in the Blog area.
  • Read Chapter 3 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 3 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.
  • Complete Visual Analysis Part I.

June 12

  • Read Chapter 4 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 4 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.
  • Usability Test report is due. Post in BB in the Discussion Forum.
  • Please complete the Two Week Feedback survey found in the Course Content tab. This is completely voluntary and anonymous, but your comments will help me to help you make it through the rest of the course :) Thanks for your help.

June 17

  • Read Chapter 6 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 6 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.
  • Visual Analysis Part II is due.

June 19

  • Read Chapter 7 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 7 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.

June 24

  • Read Chapter 8 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 8 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.
  • Chapter Analysis report is due. Post in BB in the Discussion Forum.

June 26

  • Read Chapter 9 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 9 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.

July 1

  • Read Chapter 10 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 10 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.
  • First draft of Chapter Redesign is due. Don't forget to submit as a pdf, otherwise your layout will get messed up in the file transfer.
  • You will also need to provide feedback to at least one other student. Further info is provided in BB.

July 3

  • Read Chapter 12 in Essentials of Technical Communication(ETC)
  • Complete Chapter Review Test for Chapter 12 in BB Content area
  • Participate in the Chapter Discussion in BB Discussion Forum.
  • Final Chapter Redesign is due. Don't forget to submit as a pdf, otherwise your layout will get messed up in the file transfer.

*All dates are tentative and subject to change.