Project Part One: Understanding Project Needs

Usability Report

  • Individual
  • Write a short report on your interpretation of the findings of the usability conducted on The Zombie Survival Guide (TZSG). Your usability test must cover at least 3 testing items and must have a minimum of 6 participants. The report will be submitted online and must be .doc or .rtf format.
  • Audience: ENGL3301 Class
  • Purpose: To evaluate one chapter in TZSG to determine how well it was designed with its readers in mind, and to use the information we find to develop better designed chapters for The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide.
  • Models
  • Evaluation
    • Completely explains what was done to conduct the usability test (no unanswered questions).
    • Gives reader a good grasp of what the issues are and what possible solutions exist.
    • Provides an overview of findings and not just a list that the reader has to wade through.
  • 10 points

Chapter Presentations

  • Group
  • We will form 6 groups and each group will choose one chapter in TZSG, no more than 4 people in each group. The groups will analyze the chapter they chose and present that information to the class. No PowerPoint presentations are allowed. Presentations should be no more than 10 minutes long. Presentations must be emailed to the professor a minimum of 24 hours prior to scheduled presentation time. Reports should include:
    • Purpose
    • Objectives
    • Visual Analysis
  • Presentation Options
  • Audience: ENGL3301 Class
  • Purpose: To review the information presented in TZSG, to become more aware of style issues related to audience needs, and to use the information to develop better designed chapters for The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide.
  • Models
  • Evaluation
    • Provides useful information to other students.
    • Maintains audience interest.
    • Makes good use of resources.
    • Invites audience to interact with presenters in a meaningful way.
    • Presented to professor by pre-presentation deadline.
  • 10 points (Up to 5 points may be deducted for failure to meet pre-presentation deadline.)

Project Part Two: Backgrounds and Mock-Ups

Observation Report

  • Individual
  • Using this chapter from Smarthinking we will practice writing observation reports. You will view a short video in class and then write your own field notes from what you see. Then using your field notes you will write the Observation Report. The Observation Report will be submitted online and must be .doc or .rtf format.
  • Audience - Our class as the working group that is developing The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide.
  • Purpose - The purpose of this assignment is for you to learn how to make observations about the world around you and successfully communicate this information in writing.
  • Models
  • Evaluation
    • Provides enough information to give the reader a full idea of the occurrences that were observed.
    • Maintains audience interest.
    • Uses clear and descriptive language so as to provide a visual picture for the reader of what was observed.
    • Written at a professional level (formatting, editing, etc.).
    • Presented to professor in proper format.
  • 10 points (Up to 5 points may be deducted for failure to submit proper formats.)

Annotated Bibliography

  • Individual
  • We are now getting into work that will prepare you for the chapter you develop for The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide. Your next assignment will be to submit a Chapter Content Proposal, but in order to do that you will need to do some homework to determine what you will include in your proposal. That is the purpose of the Annotated Bibliography. Technical writers spend most of their time bringing together already existing information into a format that fits the audience and purpose needs of the documents they are creating. So before writing on a topic, a technical writer has to gather information. We are using the Annotated Bibliography as a way for you to gather already existing information related to the topic you want to write about.
  • Audience - You will be the audience for the annotated bibliography, but you can also think about how you would explain the information you find to other members of our technical writing group (our class).
  • Purpose - For you to learn the information you need to write a professional chapter that includes not only correct and updated information regarding your topic, but information that will be interesting and valuable to the readers of The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide..
  • Specifics
    • How many? Long Answer - This will depend on how what you are writing about and what research you need to do/what information you need to collect to be able to write a chapter that will meet audience and purpose needs. Short Answer - At this point I would say shoot for 5.
    • What Kinds of Sources? - Of course you will want to include the usual -- books, journals, magazines, credible websites -- but other good sources might include interviews, Youtube videos, movies, blogs, etc. The way to answer what kinds and which sources again depends on your audience and purpose. You have to determine where to go to find the best information you will need for what you are covering in your chapter.
    • Use [[ | APA] format. We'll talk more about why.
  • Models
  • Evaluation
    • Is it clear what each source is about?
    • Is it clear how each source connects to the chapter project?
    • Do the sources provide enough information to support writing a chapter on the chosen subject?
    • Is APA format correct.
  • 10 points

Chapter Proposal

Chapter Mock-Up

  • Individual
  • For this assignment, you will create a mock-up or draft of your chapter proposal. What will the chapter look like? How will the information be organized? What type of graphics will be included? From these mock-ups the six chapters for The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide will be created.
  • Format - The final chapters for The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide will have to be created in Adobe InDesign, but at this point for your chapter mock-ups you can still use Word, or you can use Publisher, but Publisher files have to be submitted in .pdf format.
  • 20 points

Application Materials

  • Individual
  • For this assignment you will be applying for the chapter group that you would like to be a part of. Choose which of the 6 chosen chapters that you want to work on, then write a cover letter and a functional resume that best present your qualifications for being a member of the group who will write that chapter. Your resume should not be the typical chronological generic one that you may normally use. It has to showcase what specific experience you have that will make you a good contributor to the chapter you want to work on.
  • Audience - Dr. G this time, as I will be the one deciding the make-up of the groups.
  • Format - must be .pdf or .doc
    • Cover letter - Attach:ZombieAppLetter.doc
    • Functional Resume - your choice of layout. Put your zombie picture on it for more effect.
  • Once the groups are chosen no changes can be made except for extreme circumstances, and a formal written request has to be submitted for those to be considered.
  • 10 points

Memorandum of Understanding

  • Group
  • The MOU will be used as the agreement regarding how your group will work together to complete your chapter, or in other words, the rules for your group. One person in the group will need to submit the MOU in the Discussion Forum in Blackboard.
  • Format - dependent upon the needs of the group.
  • Points to consider
    • How will you decide who does what?
    • How will members of the group be held responsible?
    • What will happen if a group member does not complete work? Or completes it late?
    • How will you handle differences of opinion?
    • How will you communicate? (Blackboard, email, wiki, in-person meetings)
    • Does equal time spent always mean equal work?
  • Evaluation -

Project Part Three: Chapter Completion

Chapter Draft - Part One

  • Individual
  • Audience - the people of the Coastal Bend who will be using The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide.
  • Each member of the group must submit a paper at least 2 pages (single-space, 1 inch margins, no larger than 12 point font) about the chapter topic (your choice as what you choose to focus on and write about). The paper should have an additional page 3 that will include your reference list (using APA format Format for the first 2 pages is not as important as making sure you have at least 2 pages of content. These 2 pages can include information you have already written, but the information will not count unless it is relevant to the chapter. So part of the assignment involves you deciding if you have the info you need or if you need to gather more info. And remember the information can come from many different sources, including interviews, observations, blogs, movies, etc.
  • Evaluation
    • Is the info full and complete?
    • Have you considered audience needs when writing the information?
    • Do you cover all of the important elements related to your topic?
    • Does the info meet the audience need as determined by the purpose of the chapter?
    • Is APA format correct, including proper in-text citations?
  • 20 points

Chapter Draft - Part Two

  • Group
  • Audience - the people of the Coastal Bend who will be using The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide.
  • Using all of the information gathered by the group, the group will need to submit a first draft of the chapter, including visuals.
  • The group will also need to submit a separate statement that describes the purpose of the chapter as it relates to the purpose/audience of TCBZSG as laid out in the CFP for The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide.
  • Evaluation
    • Is the chapter full and complete?
    • Has the group considered audience needs when writing the chapter?
    • Do the visuals support the written text, as opposed to just providing decoration?
    • Does the chapter cover all of the important elements related to the topic of the chapter?
    • Does the chapter meet the audience need as determined by the purpose of the chapter?
    • Is APA format correct, including proper documentation for visuals?
    • Does the chapter follow the same format as the "Bloodless" chapter?
  • 30 points

Finalized Chapter

  • Presentation
    • Group
    • This will be quite different from what you may usually think of when you think of doing a presentation. We have referred to our group many times as the technical writing team working together to create The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide]]. At this point when most of the writing and the visuals are complete, we now need to come together as group and talk about the book as a whole, rather than focusing on single chapters as you have to this point. So the final presentation will function as a working group meeting in which each group will report.
    • See Agenda for the meeting.
    • Each group can determine how to present the information. It does not have to be fancy, just provide the information. And one person can speak for the group. It does not have to be one of those things where everyone has to talk.
    • 20 points
  • Final Chapter
    • Group
    • 50 points
  • Debriefing
    • Individual
    • Each student will complete the Debriefing Form for the [=TCBZSG=} project to share what was learned and challenges that were met, and any suggestions.
    • 10 points