Course Calendar

An overview of readings and major projects for the semester. 

Week 1

  • Introductions
  • Course description & expectations (student and instructor)
  • Technical Communication Portfolio assigned
  • Chapter 1 “Introduction to Technical Communication”

Week 2

  • WordPress tutorial
  • Chapter 2 “Understanding Ethical and Legal Considerations”

Week 3

  • Chapter 3 “Writing Technical Documents”
  • Chapter 5 “Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose”

Week 4

  • Job Application Package assigned
  • Chapter 14 “Writing Correspondence”
  • Chapter 15 “Writing Job-Application Materials”

Week 5

  • Chapter 8 “Communicating Persuasively”
  • Work on application project

Week 6

  • Workshop: Cover letters and resumes
  • Appendix C “Editing and Proofreading Your Documents”

Week 7

Week 8

  • F-35 Information Package assigned
  • Chapter 6 “Researching Your Subject”
  • Chapter 17 “Writing Informational Reports”

Week 9

  • Group project work
  • Chapter 7 “Organizing Your Information”
  • Chapter 9 “Emphasizing Important Information”
  • Group status report due

Week 10

  • Chapter 11 “Designing Print and Online Documents” (p. 250-280 only)
  • Chapter 12 “Creating Graphics”
  • Chapter 21 “Making Oral Presentations” (p. 582-596 only)
  • Project group work

Week 11

  • Workshop F-35 Information Package
  • Chapter 10 “Writing Correct and Effective Sentences”

Week 12

  • F-35 Information Package + self-reflection + group evaluation due
  • Chapter 12 “Creating Graphics”

Week 13

  • Independent work on Technical Communication Portfolio
  • Chapter 13 “Reviewing, Evaluating, and Testing Documents and Websites”

Week 14

  • Workshop Portfolio

Week 15

  • Make final revisions to Portfolio
  • Instructor-student Skype conferences

Week 16

  • Final Exam: Portfolios due

Please note this schedule is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion with notification to students. 

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