Texas Tech University

TCR Graduate Courses, Fall 2011

Online Courses (~6:00 – ~7:30 p.m.) 

Course Title Instructor sections CRN MOO
ENGL 5363 Research Methods in TCR Cargile Cook




ENGL 5369 Theories of Technology Carter




ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication Booher




ENGL 5372 Technical Reports Baake




ENGL 5377 Health Risk Communication Barker




ENGL 5383 Grants and Proposals Eaton




ENGL 5387 Publication Management Baehr




Note: All online students register for section D21 except non-Texas-resident online doctoral students, who register for section x21

On-campus Courses

Course Instructor section CRN time Room
ENGL 5060 History and Theory of College Composition Kemp 001


12:30 TTh


ENGL 5363 Research Methods in TCR Rickly 001


3:30 TTh


ENGL 5364 History of Rhetoric:  Classical Rhetoric Kemp



2:00 TTh


ENGL 5369 Theories of Technology Booher 001


9:30 TTh


ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication Cargile Cook 001


2:00 MW


ENGL 5387 Publication Management Still 001


11:00 TTh



English 5060: History and Theory of College Composition

English 5060 is a 3 credit workshop-style course which provides an introduction to the history and contemporary theories of composition and rhetoric studies. We begin from the premise that good teachers are reflective teachers, and good teachers of writing are reflective teachers of writing. We will examine and reflect on the development of the field of composition over the last 50 years, focusing on seminal articles that represent the discipline. That is, we'll study readings about teaching basic writing, service-learning, online writing, revision, research writing, proofreading and editing, portfolios, and assessment rubrics within the context of composition. And just as the field of composition integrates new media tools in its construction, presentation, and assessment, so too will we.

English 5363: Research Methods in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

This course will introduce you to a variety of research methods and methodologies used in Composition and Technical Communication and Rhetoric research. While this course does serve as an overview, we will concentrate primarily on work that has influenced our broad field for the past ten years. The work you do in this course will give you an orientation which will prove to be valuable as you select further research courses from which you will ground your dissertation research. In subsequent, more focused research courses, you'll build upon the overview knowledge base you'll get in 5363.

The course builds on the assumption that research is intimately related to context, theory, and practice, and that all research—quantitative, qualitative, or mixed—is an act of selecting and interpreting information. Throughout the course, we will explore the implications of these assumptions, test their applicability to specific research methodologies, and look for common ways in which they shape the work of researchers using different research methods and approaches. Our central questions for this course will be "what constitutes a good, workable research question?" and "how do I select the best method to answer that question?". As a participant in this class, you will read critically texts on conducting research as well as evaluate existing research, and this experience will enable you to address the central questions from an informed perspective.

English 5369: Theories of Technology

Everyone wants to work with technology, and this program has a particular emphasis on using technology in conjunction with technical communication. But what is technology? What are the various ways that we interact with it? What does technology have to do with discourse? Questions that we will be asking, and that I encourage you to discover answers to, include the following:

How does technology affect literacy? rhetoric? technical communication?

How is literacy (rhetoric, technical communication, etc.) technological?

What do we mean by "technology"?

Can the "technical" in technical communication be considered "technology"?

In order to pursue these and other questions, we will be reading several theoretical books. You will also do research in the periodical literature in order to answer your own questions. Although I will explain backgrounds for the readings and certain concepts and ideas, the dominant mode of class sessions will be discussion. I will expect you to ask questions, connect ideas from various readings, and connect ideas from the readings to arguments as you see them practiced around you.

This course examines the various roles of technology in technical communications, with an ongoing goal of rethinking the evolving nature of the technical communicator. We will consider theories of technology (rhetorical and social), the way technology has changed the way we produce materials (the web, multimedia, online documentation), technology's role in the workplace (e-mail, virtual offices), and the changing nature of literacy in a technological world (on-line materials, hypertext, distance education, new forms of rhetoric). We will aim to connect the theoretical with the practical in daily reading, writing, and discussion.

  • Feenberg, Andrew. Transforming Technology: A Critical Theory Revisited. Oxford University Press, 2002. [amazon link]
  • Garrison, Kevin. Technology Studies and Technical Communication: Substantive Rhetoric Revisited. Dissertation, Texas Tech University, 2009. [link]
  • Harraway, Donna. “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.” [link]
  • Johnson, Robert. User-Centered Technology: A Rhetorical Theory for Computers and Other Mundane Artifacts. SUNY, 1998. [amazon link]
  • Scharff, Robert, and Val Dusek, Eds. Philosophy of Technology: The Technological Condition: An Anthology. Blackwell Publishers, 2003.  [amazon link]
  • Selections from Bolter: (BolterIntro) and (BolterWritingAsTechnology). Taken from
    Bolter, Jay David. Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print. Erlbaum, 2001.
  • Selection from Ong: Ong Chapter 4, taken from Ong, Walter. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. Routeledge, 1982.
  • Steigler, Bernard. Technics and Time, 1: The Fault of Epimetheus. Stanford UP, 1998.   amazon link

English 5371: Foundations of Technical Communication

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English 5372 Technical Reports

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English 5373 Technical Manuals

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English 5383 Grants and Proposals

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English 5387: Publication Management

This course covers strategies of process and knowledge management that support the document publication cycle in a professional setting. Specific work assignments involve content development for both print and online documents, including static and dynamic Web site content. It addresses key issues in publication project management, including process maturity, content models and units, project plan development, single-sourcing strategies, and methods of tracking and assessment. Specific tools and technologies covered in this course include XHTML, XML, CSS, and working with content management systems. Your work for the course will involve the development of a single-sourcing project and deliverables related to the management, scheduling, progress, and presentation of this project.