English 362: Foundations of Technical Writing
Hybrid Course Lessons

Module 12: Manuals

Module Contents:
    Textbook Readings
    Supplementary Readings
    Discussion
    Assignments
    Peer Review
    Checklist
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This module covers the following topics:

  • Installation, instruction, deployment, operations, sales, and user's manuals.
  • System documentation.

Textbook Readings

Finish the textbook readings before the discussion starting on Monday at noon.

Supplementary Readings

Finish the supplementary readings before the discussion begins on Monday. These and lots more are also available on the Handouts page.

This Week's Discussion

Topics to include in this week's Blackboard discussion:

  • Installation, instruction, deployment, operations, sales, and user's manuals.
  • System documentation.
  • What did you learn from your Manual Analysis exercise that you can apply to your own Final project?

Discussion leaders: Start the conversations by noon on Monday this week, so everyone has a chance to complete their Manual Analysis. Everyone else: Get involved right away, but feel free to continue dropping in to read and respond to new posts throughout the week. Everyone is required to lead at least one discussion, and everyone is required to participate in these discussions by posting useful responses to the student leaders' prompts, or at least in response to other comments in the discussion forum. Your participation level - even when not leading discussions - strongly affects your semester grade, so get fully engaged every week!

Assignments

Find a good example of a manual and fill out the worksheet in the Manual Analysis worksheet describing it.


Final project is due during Finals Week, and the documentation plan for your final project is due next week. To start planning for your final project, I encourage you to use the problem statement form and exchange that with your peer-reviewer.

Peer Review

No required peer-review this week.

Checklist

  • Read the textbook and supplementary readings by Monday at noon.
  • Complete the Manual Analysis worksheet and turn it in to Blackboard by Sunday at 5pm.
  • Participate in this week's Blackboard forum discussion starting on Monday.
  • Start planning for your Final project.
  • Pick your preferred week for workshopping your Presentation project during the last two weeks - see the Blackboard forum for details.
  • Turn in your Reading Response on this Module's required readings before class on Wednesday.
  • Earn a bonus point by uploading a second Reading Response to reflect your thoughts on more readings and reflections on the week's discussions. Due by Sunday at 5:00pm.

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Last updated 8/24/2015.