English 562 Assignments
In addition to the listed assignments, you are also responsible for participating in our online discussions, leading discussions on a rotating basis, and meeting with editors from the English 564 (Advanced Technical Editing) class.
Week 1: Survey 1
Week 1: Writing exercise
Week 2: Peer-review writing exercise
Week 2: Technical document analysis exercise
Week 2: Draft of first project's problem statement
Week 3: Peer-reviews of problem statements
Week 4: Usability test design
Week 4: Audience community exercise
Week 5: Peer-review usability test design
Week 5: Genre-analysis exercise
Week 6: Documentation plan for an audience community
Week 6: Interview exercises
Week 7: Focus-group study exercise
Week 7: First major writing project - submit to editors, classmates, and instructor
Week 8: Focus-group plan
Week 8: Survey or questionnaire (may be part of focus group)
Week 9: Complete fellow students' questionnaires
Week 9: Peer-reviews of first major writing project due; also meet with your editors
Week 10: Focus group study or usability test
Week 10: Doc plan for second major writing project - submit to editors and instructor
Week 11: Design an e-documentation system
Week 11: Progress report for second major out-of-class project - submit to editors and instructor
Week 12: Second major writing project - submit to instructor, editors, and classmates
Week 13: Peer-reviews of second major writing project due; also meet with your editors
Week 13: Final project documentation plan
Weeks 14-15: Weekly progress reports - submit to your editors and instructor
May 14: Final project and research portfolio
This includes all assignments except the exercises which we'll do online. Note that some assignments aren't posted until the week we do them, or on the day they are assigned. If you missed a week and need to make up an assignment, download the assignment here; send it to me as soon as possible when you are done.
After completing an assignment, back it up (I recommend using a low-cost USB flash device like this or a bigger one like this) and turn it in to Blackboard (and often to your peer-reviewers and editors, as well). Even if you missed an assignment or exercise when it was due, you can often avoid getting zero points by completing it and handing it in late.
Continually revise all your writings throughout the semester and turn them
in fully updated with your final portfolio. Turn this package in via
Blackboard or otherwise electronically deliver the final project
portfolio during Finals Week!
Last updated 1/31/2011.