English 362: Foundations of Technical Writing
Hybrid Course Lessons

Module 6: Proposals and Specifications and Audience Research, Oh My!

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

  • Document design.
  • Indexes and tables of contents.
  • Cross-references.
  • Tools and resources for customer research.
  • Notes, warnings, cautions.
  • Tables.
  • Persuasive writing.
  • Proposals and specification documents.

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:

  • Document design.
  • Indexes and tables of contents.
  • Cross-references.
  • Tools and resources for customer research.
  • Audience communities (forums, interactive websites, and so forth).
  • Notes, warnings, cautions.
  • Tables.
  • Persuasive writing.
  • Proposals and specification documents.

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 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

No assignments due this week.


Due in about a month, in week 9: Proposal or specification team document. You might find it useful to check out some examples. Note: I've set up a Discussion Board forum for finding partners if you would like to work with someone new!

Peer Review

No required peer-review this week.

Checklist

  • Read the textbook and supplementary readings by Monday at noon.
  • Participate in this week's Blackboard forum discussion starting on Monday.
  • Start planning your upcoming Proposal or specification project, due in four weeks.
  • 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.