HU3120 | Spring 2009 | Tuesdays 7:05-9:35 p.m. | 134 Walker Arts

Course & Workshop Schedule

Please note that this calendar is designed to be flexible: we may make changes along the way, depending on your interests and the needs of the class. Should you miss a class, you are responsible for knowing about—and adjusting for—any changes. Professional protocols and collegiality call for you to alert us if you’ll be missing on a day when we’re having a peer-editing workshop or when you are scheduled to present materials.

Week One: Tuesday
1/13Introductions, key terms, course goals

  • Audience-based writing, revising, editing, and proofreading
  • Rhetoric
  • Typography
  • People as readers, “users,” and community members
  • The role of reading in the early 21st century
  • The political economy of writing in the early 21st century
  •   Prepare for Week 2:
    > “College Degree No Shield” (WP 1/4/2009)
    > “Should the Obama Generation Drop Out?” (NYT 1/1/2009) and letters
    > “Seeing Technical Communication From a Career Perspective” (PDF)


    Week Two: Tuesday 1/20
    Professional research & reading practices

    In class
    : Discussing articles, theories, contexts, and materials for professional communication, and recent developments; in-class writing
    : Career Memo
    Prepare for Week 3
    : Pavlis cohorts prepare planning memos for potential projects (3), and one theory memo, discussing — depending on your priorities — theories of communication and technology that might inform your work. These areas may include intercultural communication, technology research, diffusion, and adaption, and the institutional roles we play on such projects.The possible disabilities-related project group will compose individual memos exploring the feasibility of the team project.

    Week Three: Tuesday 1/27
    Research, reading, and writing practices in organizational and professional settings
    In class: Planning-memo presentations; audience analyses; diffusion of technological innovations
    : Project planning memos
    Prepare for Week 4
    : ethnographic methods and materials; read “How Documents Engage Readers’ Thinking and Feeling” (PDF)

    Week Four: Tuesday 2/3
    Making Work Visible
    In class: Two-minute ethnography presentationsDue: project ethnography
    Prepare for Week 5
    : Needs Assessments & Analyses; Background — Woolever, 9-75.
    Background on Needs Assessments
    :A needs assessment is a “systematic exploration”  designed to “identify the gaps” between “what is” and “what ought to be”:
    1. Learning about the organization for which the assessment is being conducted, in our case, via ethnography
    2. Acquiring knowledge about the issues to be assessed; i.e, research
    3. Investigating the relationship between the clients, customers, consumers, and technology and the organization’s services, products, administration, or environment; in our case, a contextual analysis
    4. Administering the needs assessment — i.e. conducting surveys, interviews, and focus groups
    5. Reporting the results of the needs assessment

    Week Five: Tuesday 2/10
    Needs Assessments & Analyses
    In class: Two-minute Needs Assessments & Analyses presentations
    : Needs Assessments & Analyses
    Prepare for Week 6: Project Proposals and Research Components; Background — Woolever, 347-384.

    Week Six: Tuesday 2/17
    Project Proposals
    & The Diffusion of  Innovations
    In class: Two-minute proposal presentations
    : Project Proposal and Preliminary Research Report; Background — Woolever, 247-266.

    Week Seven: Tuesday 2/24
    Project Iteration #1 and Editing Workshop

    In class
    : Editing Workshop
    : Iteration #1; Background — Woolever, 111-157

    Week Eight: Tuesday 3/3
    In class
    : Editing Workshop
    : Iteration #2; Background — Woolever, 157-166

    March 7-15th Spring Break

    Week Nine: Tuesday 3/17
    In class
    : Editing Workshop: readability
    : Iteration #3

    Week 10 Tuesday 3/24
    In class
    : Editing Workshop: usability

    Week 11: Tuesday 3/31
    In class
    : Editing Workshop
    Reading: Selection from Rogers’s Diffusion of Innovations

    Week 12: Tuesday 4/7
    In class
    : Editing Workshop: typography and proofreading
    Due: Diffusion research background paper

    Week 13: Tuesday 4/14
    In class
    : Editing Workshop

    Week 14: Tuesday 4/21
    Project Presentations

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