weekly schedule

dropbox.com

Some documents associated with the class and all assignments will be submitted through dropbox.com. Dropbox is a document repository that I use for course materials and student files and documents. You will need to create an account at dropbox.com in order to submit your assignments. This account is free. In dropbox, I created a course folder called Professional and Technical Writing Fall 2015, which contains course documents and student files. You will receive an invitation from dropbox to join this folder. Once you've accepted the invitation, you will be able to see and access this folder.

I created a folder for each of you within the course folder. Each of these folders will contain other folders for each assignment with a "Ready for Grading" folder within each. I will assume that any documents placed into the Ready for Grading folder are ready for grading. You are welcome to save any other documents in this space. Please do NOT delete any documents in the course folder or the Ready for Grading folder.

In order to ensure that all students have access to the course documents in dropbox, I will have to share the entire course folder with everyone, which means that everyone will have access to everyone else’s folder. We will work on the honor system, which says that no one will go into anyone else’s folder without permission.

 

course structure

The 16 weeks listed in the course schedule run from Monday through Sunday. Each week, you are expected to view the movie lectures or PowerPoint slides (when assigned) and read the textbook chapters or other assigned readings as listed on the course schedule. Posting to your blogs will be considered part of your participation grade. You need to post by Thursday of the week a blog response is required and respond to other students’ posts by Sunday at 11:59 PM. For example, by Thursday at 11:59 PM of the first week, you should have created a blog at blogger.com or wordpress.com, read and responded to chapters 1 & 2 in Corporate Communication and the Argenti reading (available in dropbox), and created and posted your introductory movie to your blog. And by the end of the day on Sunday at 11:59 PM, you should have responded to at least two of your classmate's blog responses. Not all weeks will require the amount of work as this first week does. It is certainly not recommended that you wait until Sunday afternoon to begin completing all the requirements for a given week.

All deliverables (assignments)—except blog responses—are due by Sunday evening at 11:59 PM. All assignments are described under the Deliverables tab. Assignments should be submitted through dropbox. Because I use the Track Changes and Comments features, you will need to use Word to complete assignments and to see my comments.

All assignment descriptions are available under the Deliverables tab.

Abbreviations  
CC=Corporate Communication; BWH=The Business Writer's Handbook; TBB=instructor materials

week 1: August 24

Reading & Activities Due

Read: Entire syllabus website
Read: Argenti (available in dropbox) Read: CC (Chapters 1 & 2)

Watch: TBB (Introductory movie--available on the instructor's blog)

Create a blog at blogger.com or wordpress.com. Email the URL to the instructor by Thursday at 11:59 PM.

Blog Post due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a 2-3 minute movie on your blog introducing yourself to the instructor and your classmates. Feel free to respond to each other's movies to get to know each other.

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Argenti and Cornelissen

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts

Submit to dropbox by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Response to the Syllabus

 

week 2: august 31

Reading & Activities Due

Read: CC (Chapters 3 & 4)

Watch: TBB (Email Movie Lecture)

Read: BWH (Email, pp. 176-180)

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Cornelissen (Chapters 3 & 4).

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 3: september 7

Reading & Activities Due

Read: CC (Chapters 5 & 6)

Watch: TBB (Writing with Style Movie Lecture and Writing Error Free PowerPoint—available on dropbox). You might have a piece of your own writing available during the movie and PowerPoint to see if you can see any of the patterns I'm talking about in the movie.

Read: Fielden (available on dropbox)

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Cornelissen (Chapters 5 & 6).

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 4: september 14

Reading & Activities Due

Read: CC (Chapter 7)

Watch: TBB (Audience & Situation Movie Lecture)

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Cornelissen (Chapter 7).

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 5: september 21

Reading & Activities Due

Read: CC (Chapters 8 & 9)

 

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Cornelissen (Chapters 8 & 9).

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 6: september 28

Readings and Activities Due

Read: CC (Chapters 10 & 11)

 

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Cornelissen (Chapters 10 & 11).

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 7: October 5

Readings & Activities Due

Read: CC (Chapters 12 & 13)

Review: Job positions (available in dropbox)

Email the instructor by Thursday at 11: 59 PM: Indicate which position you'd like to focus on for your Resume and Cover Letter assignment. Keep in mind that this email is part of the assignment.

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Cornelissen (Chapters 12 & 13).

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 8: october 12

Readings & Activities Due

Read: CC (Chapters 14)

Rewatch: TBB (Audience and Writing with Style Movie Lectures)

Review: Fielden (available on dropbox)

Start Reading: Karsh

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Cornelissen (Chapters 14).

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM on Blog with Abstract: Industry Report (also put a copy in your dropbox folder).

 

week 9: october 19

Reading & Activities Due

Read: Faber (available in dropbox)

Continue Reading: Karsh

Read: BWH (Resumes, pp. 483-500)

Assigned: Emaill will be sent about the Resume and Cover Letter Assignment

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Faber.

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 10: october 26

Reading & Activities Due

Read: Savage (available in dropbox)

Finish Reading: Karsh

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Savage.

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 11: november 2

Reading & Activities Due

Review: Karsh

Rewatch: TBB (Email Movie Lecture)

Post to your blog by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Analysis of Job Ads (Jobs ads are available in dropbox). This post should provide an abstract of your findings with the analysis attached. (Also put a copy in your dropbox folder for grading)

Email the instructor by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Submit your Resume & Cover Letter (also post copies in your folder in dropbox for grading). Keep in mind that the this email is part of the assignment.

 

week 12: november 9

Reading & Activities Due

Read: Coppola Part 1; Light; Malone (available in dropbox)

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Light and Malone.

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 13: november 16

Reading & Activities Due

Read: Coppola Part II; Hallier & Malone (available in dropbox)

 

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Hallier & Malone.

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 14: november 23

Reading & Activities Due

Read: Carliner (available in dropbox)

 

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Carliner.

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 15: november 30

Reading & Activities Due

Read: Kline & Baker (available in dropbox)

 

Blog Response due by Thursday at 11:59 PM: Post a response to Kline & Baker.

Post by Sunday at 11:59 PM: Respond to two of your classmate's blog posts.

 

week 16 & Finals week

Reading & Activiites Due

 

Blog Response due by Thursday, December 3, at 11:59 PM: Post an End-of-Semester Reflection

Post to dropbox by December 13 at 11:59 PM: Seminar Paper

 

 

 

 

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