syllabus

The timing and content of this syllabus is subject to slight modification with sufficient notice from the instructor.

 

Texts:

(TC) – Technical Communication in the 21st Century

(WS) – White Space is not Your Enemy

 

WEEK 1 { Introductions }

Mon. 8.25 – Introductions / Syllabus review / Set up blogs

Wed. 8.27 – Genre, Rhetoric, and Technical Writing

WEEK 2 { Rhetoric }

Mon. 9.1 – LABOR DAY – NO CLASS

Wed. 9.3 – Rhetorical Analysis and Technical Writing

Reading: TC – Chapter 2, 22-37

WEEK 3 { Employment Documents }

Mon. 9.8 – Practicalities – Resume (and graphic design remixes)

Reading: Miller “What’s Practical About Technical Writing” (on Dropbox)

Wed. 9.10 – Cover Letter (and alternatives)

Reading: TC – Chapter 14, 398-436

HW: Bring example of a resume

WEEK 4 { Design Practicum }

Mon. 9.15 – Cover Letter continued. Introduction to design in Adobe

HW: Bring a draft of your cover letter

Wed. 9.17 – Imitation Design Project

NOTE: Begin looking for nonprofit organizations

WEEK 5 { Design }

Mon. 9.22 – NO CLASS (Harmon at People’s Climate March)

DUE 9.24: Employment Documents (BRING HARD COPIES)

Wed. 9.24 – Visual Analysis

Reading: TC – Chapter 9, 242-260

Proposal (150-300 words)

WEEK 6 { Design }

Mon. 9.29 – Photography and Design

Wed. 10.1 – Workday

WEEK 7 { Memos and Reports }

Mon. 10.6 – Review of Design Projects

DUE 10.6: Visual Design Project

Wed. 10.8 – Introduction to Social Media

Reading: TC – Chapter 21, 636-656

WEEK 8 { Social Media }

Mon. 10.13 – Informal vs Formal Reports, Facebook, Twitter Case Studies

Reading: TC – Chapter 22, 662-678

Wed. 10.15 – Informal vs Formal Reports, Facebook, Twitter Case Studies

WEEK 9 { Video Practicum }

Mon. 10.20 – Visual Social Media – Catfish, Instagram, Snapchat, etc

NOTE: Remember to gather media (video clips, audio, still images) for the Practicum.

Wed. 10.22 – Video Practicum Part 1

WEEK 10 { Object in 60 }

Mon. 10.27 – Youtube Genres, Kickstarter Videos, Object in 60

DUE 10.27: Social Media Report

Wed. 10.29 – Object in 60

WEEK 11 { Youtube and Affect }

Mon. 11.3 – Object in 60 continued (and due at the end of class)

Wed. 11.5 – Screening and discussion of Kickstarter Genres and Affect

Reading: John Law After Method (p1-15)

WEEK 12 { Affective Video Projects }

Mon. 11.10 – John Law, Messy Method, Visual Ethnography.

Read: Fair Use Guide (in DB)

Wed. 11.12 – Ethics, Fair Use, and Representation issues in nonprofits; RIP Manifesto and Remix Culture : Peer Review of Visual Affective Project.

Read: TC Chapter 4 on Ethics (p72-96)

WEEK 13 { Ethics }

DUE Monday 11.17: Visual Affective Project at 12pm.

Mon. 11.17 – Presentations of Affective Videos

Read: TC Chapter 5 on Transnational Communication (p100-123)

Wed. 11.19 – Discussion of Ethics in Technical Writing

WEEK 14 { Ethics II }

Mon. 11.24 – Ethics Continued, Transnational Ethics, Commonplace, Housekeeping, Plastic Bag

Wed. 10.26 – NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)

WEEK 15 { Re-Vision }

Mon. 12.1Revision and Editing in Theory and Practice : Workshop Time

Reading: TC – Chapter 10 (272-296) / WS – Chapter 9, (135-158) and chapter 14 (237-259) (skim these last two before submitting final revisions)

Wed. 12.3 – (Last Day) – Peer Review of Kickstarter / Proving Ground

{ Finals }

DUE 12.5: Final Portfolio (material or digital ) *BONUS for early submission – 5 points*

DUE 12.7: Final Portfolio (material) * Must arrange to meet at office *

DUE 12.9: Final Portfolio (digital only)

 

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