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Technical and Professional Writing

English 402
Fall 2012

Class is online and asynchronous
Course dates: AUGUST 20-DECEMBER 7
New weeks begin every Monday


Suzanne Webb

Office hours: Mondays
11-1 CDT
via AIM, Google talk,
and daytimes by email


Course Description & Objectives:
English 402 is a writing-intensive course focused on research writing: defining, proposing, reporting progress, and other professional writing needs. In this course, we will practice writing for different audiences and purposes in a variety of document genre. The overall goal of English 402 is to further develop your critical thinking skills as well as your ability to communicate thoughtfully and effectively.

NOTE: Teamwork will be crucial. It's going to be intense and your teammates will be your proofreaders, your idea generators, your sounding boards. Teamwork will be crucial.

Course Goals:
Instruction in Technical and Professional Writing is concentrated around five core-concepts, which provide students with the theoretical foundations needed to analyze workplace practices and develop documentation (print and digital) for a variety of communication situations. These core concepts include:


Required Text(s), Readings, and Materials:


Instructional Format:
This class uses the ANGEL course management system and a website for all instruction. Class format includes electronic discussion, small group work, workshopping, posting to ANGEL, and other forms of collaborative work.

You are expected to complete readings and actively engage the concepts of the chapters and our course.

You are expected to check this website and your WSU email account and ANGEL daily for course updates and assignments.


Grades will be based on percentages for this course. However, you are required to complete all projects and assignments in order to pass the course.
Group work, chapter activities and online discussion................................................ 30%
Resume portfolio.................................................................................................. 25%
RFP & proposal portfolio........................................................................................ 25%
Progress report.................................................................................................... 20%

Grading Scale:


























Attendance and Participation:
Participation is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. You are expected to respond to activities and assignments in a timely fashion and to participate in all group activities in ANGEL. It is essential to your success in this course to think of our class as a community in which you are an important member. Think of it as a workplace. Everyone on each team will have jobs and tasks and work for the good of the whole. Just like the workplace. Non-participation in the assignment is not like simply choosing not to speak during class. In this case, non-participation will mean that you do not pass the course.


Academic Honesty:
Academic dishonesty, including all forms of cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication, is prohibited, as is knowingly facilitating academic dishonesty. The expectation of the university is that all students will accept these standards and conduct themselves as responsible members of the academic community. These standards should be interpreted by students as general notice of prohibited conduct. They should be read broadly, and are not designed to define misconduct in exhaustive forms. Faculty and their departments have jurisdiction over academic dishonesty discovered in their courses.

For this course, carefully read the information on academic dishonesty in the WSU Student Handbook. You can find this information at http://www.tricity.wsu.edu/student_handbook_pullman.htm under “Standard of Conduct for All Students”, Part III.  According to this section of the student handbook, “Academic dishonesty includes cheating, falsification, fabrication, multiple submission, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials, complicity, or misconduct in research.” Plagiarism is “knowingly representing the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment of the source.…Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, submitting as one’s own work the work of a ‘ghost writer’ or work obtained from a commercial writing service; quoting directly or paraphrasing closely from a source without giving proper credit; using figures, graphs, charts, or other such material without identifying the sources.” Each student is responsible for knowing and adhering to the university’s standards for honesty in his/her academic work.

For a first violation of the academic honesty policy, students will fail the assignment, the office in charge of student conduct will be notified of the violation, and the student may be required to attend a workshop. For a second offense, the student may appear before the university conduct board and may be dismissed from the university. Exception: if the instructor or board determines that the academic dishonesty is particularly egregious or blatant the student may be dismissed from the university, even if it is the first offense. 

Students can find the WSU copyright policy at http://www.wsu.edu/Copyright.html. Students are expected to read and adhere to this policy and copyright laws.


Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Statement:
*Disability Services Reasonable Accommodations Statement: 
Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability. Classroom accommodation forms are available through the Disability Services Office.  If you have a documented disability, even temporary, make an appointment as soon as possible with the Disability Services Coordinator, Cherish Tijerina, Room 269J West Building. You will need to provide your instructor with the appropriate classroom accommodation form.  The form should be completed and submitted during the first week of class. Late notification can delay your accommodations or cause them to be unavailable.  All accommodations for disabilities must be approved through the Disability Services Coordinator. 

Cherish Tijerina
Disability Services Coordinator
ctijerina@tricity.wsu.edu <mailto:ctijerina@tricity.wsu.edu>

Subject to Change Clause:
This syllabus, course calendar, and accompanying documents are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion. Notification will be provided in the form of an email, an announcement in ANGEL and/or an announcement on the course website home page.


Assignments: Weekly readings, 3 major portfolios, and weekly activities & tasks, small group work, peer editing, collaboration.

Group work, chapter activities and online discussion
These discussions and activities make up the bulk of our work together in this class and thus are worth 30% of your overall grade.


Portfolio 1: Professional Documents
25% of overall course grade.

For this writing portfolio, you will be asked to complete a portfolio including your job analysis, cover letter, resume, and reflection. 4 documents.

Portfolio 2: RFP & Proposal   
25% of overall course grade.

In this writing portfolio, you will put together an RFP and write a proposal. This will be a group and individual project. Details available on the port2.html page. You will produce 3 documents: RFP, Proposal, and Reflection (reflections can be group-written or individual).


Portfolio 3: Final Progress Report
20% of overall course grade.


Your final writing assignment will come after researching formal and informal reports. This will give you an opportunity to practice the skills of technical and professional communicators and will serve as a reflective review of the course. You will produce 2 documnents: the Progress Report (as discussed in your textbook) and a Reflection.

Course Calendar (Readings & Major Assignments)

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