English 562: Advanced Technical Writing

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Click the links below to get the assignments you need (projects without a link are in-class exercises that you cannot make up outside of class). Turn in most projects via Blackboard (see this tutorial for instructions on how to get and submit projects via Blackboard). Assignments are listed by week; all are due by 4:00 on Friday.

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: HTML refresher and advanced web development exercises

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.