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 (Jan. 12 - Jan. 16)

Monday, January 12

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Wednesday, January 14

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Friday, January 16

  • CLASS IN CHAT TODAY
  • Look at The Etiquette of Business E-mail
  • Discuss "Boss's Angry E-mail Sends Shares Plunging"
  • Exercise: Think about what you consider to be the five biggest problems with this example e-mail.  Don't just list them; explain why they're problems. Then, put yourself in her supervisor's shoes and write a paragraph assessing the employee. Send your comments in an e-mail to me with the subject line "E-mail Etiquette Exercise."

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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 for MLK day

Week 2 (Jan. 21 - Jan. 23)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


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  • Due Friday: a filled-out draft of the Job Ad Analysis, e-mailed to me by classtime.  Also, the completed Skills Inventory if you did not finish it in class.

 

 


Friday, January 23, 2009


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Week 3 (Jan. 26 - Jan. 30)

Monday, January 26, 2009

  • 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
  • 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, January 28, 2009

  • Make sure your blog with your cover letter outline is done by classtime
  • Discuss cover letter exercise - we're going to go beyond the "good" and "bad" commentary of the site and find strengths and weaknesses within each cover letter
  • The art of improvement: examine the re-writing of a cover letter
  • Workshop on cover letters


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  • Cover Letter Draft is due by classtime Friday, Jan. 30 (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, January 30, 2009

  • 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 thoughtful 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 (Feb. 2 - Feb. 6)

Monday, Feb. 2, 2009

  • 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.


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Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

  • 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, Feb. 6, 2009

 

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Week 5 (Feb. 9 - Feb. 13)

Monday, Feb. 9, 2009

  • 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.
  • Trade your own resume with your partner and offer any advice that you can.
  • Workshop resumes.
  • Schedule your resume conferences.

 

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  • Your resume is due by 11:00 pm 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 each will have a 15 minute resume conference. These conferences will take place in my office, HEAV 404. Please bring a hard copy of your resume to the conference. If you miss your conference or are over five minutes lates, I will count you absent for one class period.
  • UPDATE: Click for resume conference schedule

 


Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 10-13, 2009

  • No class Wednesday or Friday. Instead, we have resume conferences. Missing your conference counts as an absence, as does arriving over five minutes late (after all, they are only 15 minutes total). Conferences are being held in HEAV 404. Click for resume conference schedule
  • Make sure to bring a hard copy of your resume with you to the conference. (You should have already turned in a digital copy by 11:00 pm Monday, February 9, through e-mail). 

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  • The final copies of both your resume and your cover letter are due by classtime Monday, Feb. 16, through e-mail.

Week 6 (Feb. 16 - Feb. 20)

Monday, February 16, 2008

  • Both your resume and cover letter are due by classtime through e-mail. You do not need to bring a print copy. If you don't receive confirmation that I've gotten it by 11:30 pm tonight (Monday), then re-send it.
  • Introduce Project 2: The White Paper Project

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 

For Next Meeting

  • Work on group proposal for Project 2 due Feb. 23

 


Friday, February 20, 2009

  • Discuss Proposal Memo for Project 2
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      • Focus a particular problem within your general topic to consider. Do NOT be too broad; pick a specific issue.
      • 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 a brief summary of potential solutions that are under examination, explaining succinctly why they are relevant. Do not feel you need to include EVERY potential solution that is being tossed around with regard to the problem.  Be selective. I doubt you will have room for more than three.
      • Include a few possible resources from which you hope to glean information.
      • Include persuasive reasons why the problem or issue is worthy of consideration.
      • Address the memo to someone in charge who can do something about your issue.

  • Group Blog:

    Your group must post a blog about your meeting by classtime Monday. (Keep in mind that multiple meetings require multiple blog entries.) 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).  This blog entry should be the template for any future group blogs, to be posted after any group meeting.
    This blog is for your group members to consult once they are home as well as for me to view. Group blog posts should include:
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      • 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.

    For Next Meeting

    • Work on group proposal for Project 2 due Feb. 23

    Week 7 (Feb. 23 - Feb. 27)

    Monday, February 23, 2009

  • Project Two proposal memos should be e-mailed to me by classtime
  • Researching effectively, as outlined in PWO
  • Exercise: Evaluating Internet Sources
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    Wednesday, February 25, 2009

    • Discuss project planning
    • Draft an informal memo of understanding due by Friday classtime (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

    • We meet Friday, but we have no class on Monday
    • Read Elements of a White Paper
    • Send me the informal "scope of work" memo by classtime Friday


    Friday, February 27, 2009

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    Week 8 (Mar. 4 - Mar. 6)

     

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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    Friday, March 6, 2009

    For Next Meeting

    • Decide what citation method you will use for your white paper - APA or MLA

    Week 9 (Mar. 9 - Mar. 13)

    Monday, March 9, 2009

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    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    • Discuss editing and revision
    • Discuss what we're doing Friday - chat class or take home assignment instead? Class consensus wins.
    • Meet in groups

    For Next Meeting

    • Work on white paper due after spring break

     


    Friday, March 13, 2009

    • Class meets in chat today (see link on navigation bar above)
    • Discuss white paper assessment
      Directions: We're going to look at several sample white papers and assess them as if we're peer-reviewing them using the questions attached.

    For Next Meeting

    • Work on white paper due after spring break

    Week 10 (Mar. 23 - Mar. 27)

     

    Monday, March 23, 2009

    For Next Meeting

    • Work on white paper draft due Wednesday
    • Bring at least two HARD COPIES of your draft to class on Wednesday. Do NOT print them out at the beginning of class, or right before.  Have them ready so we can get started on the peer review immediately.

     


    Wednesday, March 25, 2009

    • White paper drafts due for peer review. Please have at least two hard copies printed out BEFORE class.
    • Peer review white papers using attached worksheet

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    Friday, March 27, 2009

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    • Work on revising white paper and presentation/handouts due Monday

    Week 11 (March 30 - April 3)

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    • White papers are due; bring a bound copy to class, and send me a digital copy in .pdf form. Also, e-mail me a copy of your PowerPoint and your handout.
    • Presentation time!

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    Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    • Presentation time continues

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    • Take it easy before we start our last project!  We go over Project 3 on Friday.

     

    Friday, April 3, 2009

    • Discuss: what is documentation?  What makes it well done or poorly done?  What's wrong with something like this?
    • Go over Project 3 (if link doesn't work, go to "Projects" on nav bar and scroll down)

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    Week 12 (Apr. 6 - Apr. 10)

    Monday, April 6, 2009

    • Answer any questions about reading: Designing and Writing Instructions
    • Go over preliminary planning with WBS
    • Go over Gantt Charts in general and discuss variations within the genre, as well as the application to this project
    • See example of filled-in Gantt chart and compare with progressive Gantt charts

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    • Work on Proposal for Project 3 due Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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    Friday, April 10, 2009 

    • Optional chat class today - I will be in chat to answer questions about the project, but attendance is not required.  The chat link is on the navigation bar at the top of the page.

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    Week 13 (Apr. 13 - Apr. 17)

     

    Monday, April 13, 2009

    • Answer questions about Writing a Tutorial
    • Discuss assessment of instructions
    • Do instruction evaluation activity
      Directions: I will divide you into four groups and give each group a tie. Your group will test some online instructions by attempting to follow them.
      • Click on How to Tie a Tie in 5 Minutes
      • Follow the instructions for the Half-Windsor knot.
      • Pick one person to be the tester (if you wish to have more than one person test the instructions, feel free). Choose the one who has the least experience with ties.
      • Take note of where problems occur; those who are not acting as the tester need to be writing issues down.
      • Open a word processing program like Word and write an evaluation of the instructions. This evaluation should include:
        • Where the problems occurred
        • What you think caused them
        • What you would do to improve the instructions
      • E-mail me a copy of the document.

     

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    • Storyboard due Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    • Storyboard presentations (Note: please make sure storyboards are e-mailed to me in .ppt format)

     

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    Friday, April 17, 2009

     

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    • E-mail to me by classtime Monday your schedule for usability testing.  I need the date(s), time(s), and place(s) for your testing.  You can reserve classrooms and computers labs at Purdue using their Space Management Page.

     

    Week 14 (Apr. 20 - Apr. 24)

    Monday, April 20, 2009

     

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    Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    • Rough Draft of Documentation Due (send it to me in .pdf form as well as bringing in a hard copy, unless it is entirely in multimedia form. If it is too big to e-mail, bring the file to class and I'll save it onto my memory stick)
    • Peer Review using attached worksheet (must be logged in to see it). Print out a copy to give to the group you are reviewing, but also e-mail a copy to me.

     

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    • Class in chat Friday!

    Friday, April 24, 2009

    • Class in chat today!
    • You will test the usability of a site.
      Directions: You have been enlisted by the designers of a website to test its usability. They want you to visit the assigned site and attempt to do the task as instructed. In class, we will identify problems we encounter in completing that task, why they were problems and recommendations for fixing them. As time permits, we will:
    1. Attempt to purchase a T-shirt from Bow-WowBooks.com.
    2. Attempt to discover the price of frilly pajamas in a child's size with the KC Online Catalog.
    3. Attempt to purchase a tie-bar that says "Mile High" on TallyHoUniforms.com.

     

    For Next Meeting

    • Work on Project 3

     

    Week 15 (April 27 - April 29)

    Monday, April 27, 2009

    • The Linguistics of Technical Writing: High Tech Humor
    • Dicuss and workshop project

     

    For Next Meeting

    • Work on Project 3