Calendar

Follow the links at the bottom of this page for a schedule of assignments for each week this semester. Within each week, you will find daily listings of assignments. Each bullet point for the day is a different task for you to complete. You'll also be told what's expected of you for the next meeting.

This course calendar will be updated throughout the semester.

IMPORTANT: You must visit all of the links provided within the course calendar. There are many links to follow and read. Make sure you visit all of them. Some links provide easy access to other parts of the class site which will help you in your assignments. Some links are to required readings. Others provide you with detailed instructions on completing the assignments. Eventually, you may come to know the instructions which supplement assignments that are repeated throughout the course, but it's still a good idea to continue to revisit the instructions to make sure that you are satisfying all of the requirements.

Week 1 (Aug. 25 - Aug. 29)

Monday, August 25

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Wednesday, August 27

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Friday, August 29

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  • Find an advertisement for a job that you'd like to apply for. Access The Job and Career Resources section for help on places to search. This will be the job we'll use for the Employment Project.
  • Due Wednesday: a copy of the job advertisement if it's in print, or a link to it if it's online. (No class Monday - Labor Day!)

Week 2 (Sept. 3 - Sept. 5)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


For Next Meeting

  • Due Friday: a filled-out copy of the Job Ad Analysis, e-mailed to me by classtime.

 


Friday, September 5, 2008


For Next Meeting

Week 3 (Sept. 8 - Sept. 12)

Monday, September 8, 2008

  • Turn in final draft of Job Ad Analysis for Project 1: Employment Project
  • Discuss the Rhetoric of the Job Application Letter and Types of Employment Documents
  • Discuss Kairos and the Cover Letter
  • Exercise: Based on your readings and our discussions from last week about tailoring the cover letter, make an outline of your cover letter and post it to your blog (this can be very rough; the idea is to get you thinking). Feel free to use resources you find or have found elsewhere, such as on internet job sites, to help you with this in addition to the text and OWL resources. Be specific in your outline - for instance, do not just put "Discuss skills," put which skills you wil discuss and any relevant examples. If you have a draft of your cover letter already, don't copy and paste it; do the outline to show me what structure you have chosen.  This is due by classtime Wednesday if you don't finish it in class.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2008


For Next Meeting

  • Cover Letter Draft is due by classtime Friday, Sept. 12 (e-mail me a copy by classtime, but also bring a draft). Anyone who does not have their draft on Friday will not get peer-reviewed and will lose points off their grade.

Friday, September 12, 2008

  • Peer review of cover letters today!
    Directions: Get in groups of four. Download the attached Cover Letter Peer Review Questions, then fill them out in a thorough and helpful manner with regard to the cover letter you are handed. I WILL evaluate the review sheets and lower daily grades for those sheets that are not filled out in a thoughful manner.  Once you've finshed, have one person send a copy of the file to me, and print out a copy for the person whose cover letter you've evaluated. Don't put your names on the hard copy, but put them in the body of the e-mail to me which has the cover letter peer review attached.  Your group should be able to complete two peer reviews by the end of classtime.


For Next Meeting

Finish Cover Letter Peer Reviews

Week 4 (Sept. 15 - Sept. 19)

Monday, September 15, 2008

  • Peer review of cover letters today - Part 2!
    Directions: Same as before. Get in groups of four. Download the attached Cover Letter Peer Review Questions, then fill them out in a thorough and helpful manner with regard to the cover letter you are handed. I WILL evaluate the review sheets and lower daily grades for those sheets that are not filled out in a thoughful manner.  Once you've finshed, have one person send a copy of the file to me, and print out a copy for the person whose cover letter you've evaluated. Don't put your names on the hard copy, but put them in the body of the e-mail to me which has the cover letter peer review attached.  Your group should be able to complete two peer reviews by the end of classtime.


For Next Meeting

 


Wednesday, September 17. 2008

  • Q&A About Resume reading; expand on content using Resume Powerpoint
  • Do the objective statement practice from the Powerpoint and post it to your blog. Your task is to fill in the brackets with your own specifics in the following statements:
    • To utilize my [qualifications, strengths, or skills] as a [position title]

    • A position as a [position title] for [company name] allowing me to develp my [qualifications, strengths, or skills]

    • An opportunity to [professional goal] in a [type of organization, work environment, or field]

    • [position title] with emphasis in [area of expertise]


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Friday, September 19, 2008

 

For Next Meeting

  • Bring working copy of resume to class Monday - we'll be working with it in class

Week 5 (Sept. 22 - Sept. 26)

Monday, September 22, 2008

  • Analyze three problematic resumes.
    Directions: After getting into pairs, download Resume 1, Resume 2, and Resume 3. Find five problems with each resume and explain why they are problems. Then, send your answers to me in an e-mail entited "Bad Resume Analysis." Be sure to put your names in the e-mail.
  • Get out your own resume for workshopping
  • Schedule your resume conference if you have not already done so.

 

For Next Meeting

  • Your resume is due by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT through e-mail. I will be up tonight sending replies that I've received them. If you don't get a reply, I didn't get your resume, and you need to re-send it. 
  • There is NO CLASS Wednesday and Friday. Instead, you will have a 15 minute resume conference. Your resume conference will take place in CHAT, not in the classroom or in my office. If you miss your conference or are over five minutes lates, I will count you absent for one class period. I will post the times on the website.

Wednesday, September 24 - Friday, September 26

  • Resume conferences for the rest of the week (see schedule). These take place in chat. Come prepared to discuss your resume in detail (you should have a copy of your resume at hand). Otherwise, there is NO CLASS Wednesday and Friday. If you miss your conference or are over five minutes lates, I will count you absent for one class period. I will post the times on the website.


For Next Meeting

  • FINAL DRAFT of both the cover letter and resume are due by classtime Monday, by e-mail. You may also bring a hard copy to class, although it is not required.

Week 6 (Sept. 29 - Oct. 3)

Monday, September 29, 2008

For Next Meeting

  • Read segment on Memos in PWO (in "documents")
  • Work on 100-word Topic Proposal to be posted on your blog by classtime Oct. 3 (see project page for directions)
  • NOTE: Class will be in CHAT on Friday, Oct. 3

 


Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

  • Discuss Importance of Specific Headers in Memo Writing. Good headers will:
    • Be specific
    • Include overview of what's in the section, not just some of it (and anything that doesn't go with that can be put under another header)
    • Be organized clearly
    • Use statements instead of questions whenever possible
  • Reference Memo Header Hints
  • Practice identifying memo problems
    Directions:
    • Download the example lame memo from this site
    • Get in groups of three. Find 10 problems with the memo and explain why each one is a problem. Problems identified should not be limited to surface errors, but should explore content.  Put into practice not only what we discussed in class but what was found in the readings.

For Next Meeting

  • Work on 100-word Topic Proposal to be posted on your blog by classtime Oct. 3 (see project page for directions). If you are unable to read the directions for the assignment (Mac users may encounter this problem), download the printer-friendly version.


 

Friday, Oct. 3, 2008

  • CLASS IN CHAT
  • Form groups by examining blogs.
    Directions: Read the blogs by your classmates and find the one that you feel is the closest to your topic.  Reply to the blog with the statement "I want to be in this person's group." The catch is that after three people have replied to a blog, you can't also reply to that blog. What we'll do is see who replied to whom, and work out groups from there.  This will take some flexibility as we may need to move people around. Note: You may not get your first choice.
  • Discuss project planning for next week. Your groups will be linked below (one for my 9:30 class, one for my 4:30 class).  I suggest that you choose one person to create a group blog and then work from there.

For Next Meeting

  • Begin work on group proposal memo.  Your group must post one blog detailing what you did during that meeting. Any individual work can be put in individual blogs (for those who are using their blog as the group blog, just distinguish in the title which are which).  The blog about the group meeting must be posted by Wednesday. I will post some "helpful hints" here for you by classtime Monday.
  • NO REQUIRED CLASS MEETING MONDAY, OCT. 6; MEET IN GROUPS
  • Groups for my 9:30 class are posted here
  • Groups for my 4:30 class are posted here

 

 

Week 7 (Oct. 6 - Oct. 10)

Monday, October 6, 2008

  • REGULAR CLASS IS OPTIONAL, but you must meet with your group at least one time before classtime Wednesday. That is your "class."
  • Your group must post a blog about your meeting by classtime Wednesday. Choose one member to put in charge of posting the group blogs; that person will put the group blog on their individual blog, but preface the title with the group name (for instance, VIDEO GROUP: Meeting 1).  The blog post should include:
    • When you met and where
    • Who was there
    • What was the goal of the meeting
    • What topics overall you discussed
    • Any decisions you made
    • What tasks you delegated to whom
    • What your plans are for the next meeting
    • Any other details you think would be helpful in explaining tasks, responsibilities, or the topic in general. This blog is for your group members to consult once they are home as well as for me to view.
  • The purpose of your meeting is to work on Project 2's proposal memo for your group's topic where you choose a particular problem within your general topic to consider. Do NOT be too broad; pick a specific issue. Remember:
    • Write about 250 words (do NOT write more than 300)
    • Use the memo form we have discussed in class
    • Include concise background information about the topic under consideration
    • Include potential solutions to be examined, and explain briefly why they are relevant
    • Include a few possible resources
    • Include persuasive reasons why the problem or issue is worthy of consideration
    • Demonstrate the feasibility of the project within the parameters of the assignment
    • Address the memo to someone in charge who can do something about your issue
  • Groups for my 9:30 class are posted here
  • Groups for my 4:30 class are posted here

For Next Meeting

  • Post your blog about your group meeting by classtime Wednesday. 
  • Your group's proposal memo for Project 2 is due by classtime Friday; bring a hard copy to class as well as e-mail a copy to me

 


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

For Next Meeting

  • Your group's proposal memo for Project 2 is due by classtime Friday; bring a hard copy to class as well as e-mail a copy to me


Friday, October 10, 2008

  • Give me a hard copy of your group's proposal memo for Project 2 (you should also have e-mailed me a copy by classtime)
  • Discuss project planning
  • Draft a memo of understanding due by end of period (see example). Concern yourself more with delegation and project planning than with wording; the important thing here is that you show you understand who will do what, by what time for Project 2. This memo will include:
    • Statement of the scope of the work (its purpose)
    • What needs to be done by what date
    • Delegation of tasks
    • Table demonstrating timeline
  • I will go around and meet with each group to discuss the upcoming project.

For Next Meeting

  • No Class on Monday; October Break
  • Work on Project 2

Week 8 (Oct. 15 - Oct. 17)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

For Next Meeting


Friday, October 17, 2008

For Next Meeting

  • Draft of White paper for Project 2 due Oct. 22

Week 9 (Oct. 20 - Oct. 24)

Monday, October 20, 2008

For Next Meeting



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

  • Draft of white paper for Project 2 due today at classtime!  Print out copies for me, and for groups to review. Make sure to print them out BEFORE class starts or you will hold up peer reviews.
  • We're doing peer reviews today. Get in your groups and I'll hand you a paper to review. Download and fill out the White Paper Peer Review worksheet, then print out two copies of that: one for me, and one for the group you're reviewing. Staple the peer review to the marked copy of the white paper you've reviewed.

For Next Meeting

  • Revise white paper for Project 2 due Oct. 31


Friday, October 24, 2008

For Next Meeting

  • Revise white paper for Project 2 due Oct. 31

Week 10 (Oct. 27 - Oct. 31)

Monday, October 29, 2008

For Next Meeting

  • Revise white paper / presentation for Project 2 due Oct. 31

 


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

For Next Meeting

  • Final draft of white paper due Oct. 31 (remember to follow the guidelines on how the document needs to be presented, found on the Project 2 page)
  • Presentations due Oct. 31
  • Fill out Peer Evaluation Form, also due Oct. 31

 


Friday, October 31, 2008

For Next Meeting

  • Finish Presentations (for those groups who have not presented)

Week 11 (Nov. 3 - Nov. 7)

Monday, November 5, 2008

  • Finish Presentations for Project 2
  • Discuss transitioning White Paper into Recommendation Report

For Next Meeting

  • If you have not already done so, e-mail me a copy of your PowerPoint.
  • Think about which alternative your group would like to promote as the superior one to solve the company's problem as you have defined it (can be a combination approach)

 


Wednesday, November 7, 2008

  • Go over Project 3
  • Discuss which alternative to recommend (commit to one as soon as possible)
  • Example POA Memo (this does not include Gantt Chart)

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Friday, November 7, 2008

For Next Meeting

Week 12 (Nov. 10 - Nov. 14)

Monday, November 10, 2008

For Next Meeting

 


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

  • Discuss audience analysis and demographics
  • Practice demographic analysis
    Directions  I will break the class up into groups and assign each group a television show. Your group must:
    • Determine the demographics of who watches the show (see demographics sheet above for important factors).
    • Determine five products that would appeal to this demographic, and explain why. Be as specific as possible regarding the product: for instance, don't just put "car," put the type of car that would appeal to your audience. We'll discuss your answers in class.
    • Save your answers in a Word document.
    • E-mail the document to me.

For Next Meeting


Friday, November 14, 2008

For Next Meeting

Work on Project 3

Week 13 (Nov. 17 - Nov. 21)

Monday, November 17, 2008

  • Discuss cost-analysis strategies; see PowerPoint

For Next Meeting

  • Work on Project 3
  • There is NO CLASS WEDNESDAY.

 


Friday, November 21, 2008

  • The Influence Model
    • Primary audience: the decision-makers
    • Secondary audience: the influencers
  • Writing for promotional purposes
    • Flyers and Brochures
    • Press Releases
    • Newsletters
    • Websites
  • Workshop on Project 3

For Next Meeting

  • Work on Project 3
  • There is NO CLASS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
  • Class in chat Monday, Dec. 1.

Week 14 (Dec. 1 - Dec. 5)

Monday, December 1, 2008

  • Discussion of presentations using feedback from white paper presentations (e-mailed back to you, with grade). Due to the timing of my uncle's funeral, I will be conducting our interactions through e-mail rather than chat as originally planned. I will send your group an e-mail with my comments about your white paper presentations and how to improve them for the recommendation report; you e-mail me back with questions about that or about any other concerns you have about the project. I will reply at the earliest opportunity.

 

For Next Meeting

 


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

 

For Next Meeting

Continue peer reviews and discuss project


Friday, December 5, 2008

  • Conduct peer review using worksheet
  • Presentation pointers and scheduling
  • Revision of draft
  • Q&A about assignment

 

For Next Meeting

No more "new lessons"; Monday is a workshop. Attendance is optional for that day. Wednesday is the first day of presentations; regardless of whether you are presenting or not, you need to come.