Course projects & grading

Almost all of the writing, editing, and designing you do in this course will be done collaboratively, with colleagues from youTeam. Therefore, the most important resource we have in this course is each other. We will spend time discussing collaborative work and how to create and sustain productive online writing, revising, and editing groups. Part of your own grade will be based on your contribution to your writing & design group, as well as your collegial and professional responsiveness to their feedback.

Tentative Projects & Grade Percentages

Resume & Cover Memo (w/ Revision)
10% (Individual)

Globalization Context Memo
10% (Individual)

Audience Analyses
10% (Team)

Revised & Edited Document Examples
10% (Team)

Editing Workshop Materials & Exercise
Weeks 6 & 7
10% (Team)

Team Project
(includes project planning, research, drafts, final version, and presentation)
Week 15
50% (Team)

Grading and Evaluation Criteria
All of the writing and document design you do in this class is evaluated with this professional criteria in mind:

  • Your ability to articulate an intended effect, and the steps taken to achieve that effect
  • Your attention to the rhetorical situation and your ability to adapt to multiple audiences
  • Your effective and appropriate use of visuals
  • Your ability to incorporate relevant and compelling research
  • Your ability to edit and revise page (or screen) layout and design

A The writing & design is exceptional. This is the kind of text that might  lead to promotions in the workplace. It is professional and reflects the designer’s careful consideration of audience and purpose. It contains all necessary information, is written in an appropriate and engaging style, is memorable, and its delivery is visually appealing. It is free of mechanical errors.

B The text is strong. It would be considered acceptable in the professional contexts. It too reflects consideration of the rhetorical situation. It is generally above average in terms of the criteria mentioned above, but falls short of excellent in one or more category. It is free of mechanical errors.

C The text is competent. It would probably be returned for revision in professional contexts. It is generally average in terms of the major criteria listed above. It  has few mechanical errors.

D The text is weak. It would probably get the designer into a bad situation in professional contexts. It falls below average in terms of one or more of the major criteria.

F Pink Slip

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