English 362: Foundations of Technical Writing
Hybrid Course Lessons

Module 4: Research, the Scientific Method, and Writing

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

  • Research and scientific method.
  • Interviewing sources.
  • Effective sentences.
  • Definitions.
  • Descriptions.
  • Letters, memos, and professional email.

Textbook Readings

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

Supplementary Readings

Finish the supplementary readings before the discussion begins.

More (bonus) readings:

This Week's Discussion

Topics to include in this week's Blackboard discussion:

  • What stands out to you most in the readings?
  • Do you disagree with something from the readings, or don't understand something?
  • Strategies for performing effective research.
  • Using the scientific method in the technical-writing process.
  • Interviewing sources.
  • How to write effective sentences.
  • Definitions.
  • Descriptions.
  • Letters, memos, and professional email.

Discussion leaders: Start the conversations by Monday at noon. 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

Surprise Quiz. (Will appear on Blackboard around class-time.) Due by Sunday at 5:00pm. If you can complete it without referring your readings, that's optimal, but feel free to use them for reference - just use your own words!


After completing each assignment, make sure to back it up (I recommend using a low-cost USB flash device like this or a Web service like Dropbox) before you turn it in or send it to your peer-review partner. Even if you are late creating a project, you can often avoid getting zero points for that assignment by completing it and turning it in to Blackboard late. Be aware that turning in late projects could harm your peer-review partner's score, as well, so be thoughtful.

Upload all exercises and assignments to Blackboard. Use the appropriate Blackboard assignment slot (for example, "Quiz1"). Please don't turn in projects via email unless requested.

Peer Review

No required peer-review this week.

Checklist

  • Read the textbook and supplementary readings by Monday at noon (including the full-chapter handout).
  • Participate in this week's Blackboard forum discussion starting on Monday.
  • Turn in the Quiz on Blackboard by Sunday at 5:00pm.
  • 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 9/14/2015.