|WRT307 | Maymester Blended 2009 (Section U550): Syllabus|
Maymester Blended 2009
|Course Description and Rationale|
Welcome to WRT307: Advanced Writing Studio: Professional Writing. This 13-week course consists of a series of inquiries into identifiable genres of workplace writing and related aspects of professional and technical communication. You will gain direct, first-hand experience with a range of genres, which you will learn by drafting and revising. This course is designed for you to develop practical knowledge with professional writing, while simultaneously examining and exploring the rhetorical contexts in which workplace writing is produced and circulated.
At the outset , we will square off with the terms in the course title, and attempt to define more precisely what "professional writing" encompasses, by linking these practices with matters of style, design, context, and ethics. In WRT307, we will draw on rhetorical terms and concepts to deepen and complicate the ways we think about the genres of writing under consideration. The assignments build in complexity and difficulty so that by the end of the term you will have written several drafts of several different kinds of documents.
This section of WRT307 follows a blended Maymester model, which means we will meet on campus from 7-9 p.m., Monday-Friday, May 18-22, before shifting to online interaction for the remaining twelve weeks.
Because of the simulatory approach this course assumes, it follows that I, as the instructor, will shift in and out of multiple roles--as mentor and guide, as presenter and teacher, as colleague and co-inquirer, and also, at times, as boss and critic. Likewise, you will occupy a variety of roles as well, often taking on a leadership position by presenting or leading a class discussion, by directing our attention to questions or matters of concern or by submitting an agenda item to our class plan. These shifting roles will require each of us to prepare for class sessions and undertake class activities with rigor and consideration for the others who are affected by our preparation. This is especially applicable in collaborative situations. These multiple roles require of us a demonstrable level of flexibility and commitment to professionalism.
|Course Goals for WRT 307|
Writing 307 will function as an advanced, pre-professional studio:
Writing 307 will simulate a workplace environment:
Writing 307 will address and make use of relevant technologies:
|Work of the Course|
You will devote time, thought, and energy to a variety of informal and formal reading and writing activities and practices. During the course you may annotate readings, keep a record of ideas and responses, register observations, take notes on discussions online, experiment with different styles and organizational choices, and engage in a variety of drafting and revision activities, much of which will unfold in Blackboard. All of these activities are important and will have an impact on your development and success as writers in workplace contexts.
Writing thoughtfully also depends upon reading carefully. Readings you begin to identify and assemble during the first weeks of the semester will provide you with ideas and arguments, facts and data that will ground your work later on. Readings, along with the assignments, will prompt thought as you develop and look for effective ways to express your ideas. Selected readings (available in our three course texts) will ground our class discussions. And they illustrate choices other writers have made as they composed. Writing and reading are entwined, interdependent practices, and you will move between the two regularly throughout the course.
|Course Texts and Materials|
Gurak, Laura, and John Lannon. A Concise Guide to Technical Communication. 2nd ed. New York: Longman, 2004. ISBN 0-321-14615-8. (paperback, required)
Lanham, Richard. The Longman Guide to Revising Prose. New York: Longman, 2006. ISBN 0-321-41766-6. (paperback, required)
Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind. New York: Riverhead, 2006. ISBN 978-1-59448-171-0. (paperback, required)
These texts are available at both the University Bookstore and Follett’s Orange Bookstore. Note: I have learned that Follett's has had some difficulty getting copies of the Gurak and Lannon text. Consider as alternatives for order, Amazon.com and Half.com. You should anticipate spending as much as $20 on printing and photocopying over the term of study.
You will receive many different kinds of feedback to your writing during this course. Some responses will come from fellow students and some will come from me. All forms of feedback, including responses you receive from scheduling consultation appointments with the Writing Center, are important. They tell you in various ways how your readers are responding to your writing. This will also help you learn how to assess your own work.
The listed assignments will be evaluated as follows:
Professional Writing Assignments, 50% (500 points)
Each of the numbered professional writing assignments will be described in a separate prompt that I will circulate at an appropriate time in the term of study.
Discussion and Other Assignments 30% (300 points)
Written Exams, 20% (200 points)
Attendance and Participation
Communication with Peers; Communication with the Instructor
The Writing Center
|Derek N. Mueller
Summer 2009 office hours: Mon., 9-10 a.m. via IM and by appointment
Phone: (315) 708-3940 (cell)