TCR Grad Courses, Spring 2014
Online Courses (~6:00 – ~8:00 p.m.) [note, some classes may choose to meet 6-9]
|Course Title||Instructor||section||CRN||Discussion Time|
|ENGL 5364 Classical Rhetoric (theory)||Rice||D21||50205||Mondays|
|ENGL 5372 Reports (theory, applied theory)||Baake||D21||50207||Wednesdays|
|ENGL 5366 Teaching Technical Communication (theory, applied theory)||Cargile Cook||D21||32474||Mondays|
|ENGL 5385 Ethics (theory)||Dragga||D21||50210||Thursdays|
|ENGL 5379 Empirical Methods (methods)||Eaton||D21||50209||Tuesdays|
|ENGL 5387 Publication Management (applied theory)||Baehr||D21||50209||Tuesdays|
|ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication (applied theory)||Lang||D21||50212||Thursdays|
|ENGL 5364 20th Century+ Rhetoric (theory)||Moore||001||50203||Tuesday 2-5||358|
|ENGL 5388 Usability Research ((applied theory, methods)||Still||001||32589||TTh 12.30||358|
|ENGL 5379 Empirical Methods (methods)||Eaton||001||50208||MW 3.30||303|
|ENGL 5372 Technical Reports (theory, applied theory) (hybrid)||Baake||001||50206||W 6-9||353|
|ENGL 5366 Teaching Technical Communication (theory, applied theory)||Cargile Cook||001||50774||M 6-9||303|
ENGL 5366, Teaching Technical and Professional Writing
Focuses on the theory and teaching of technical and professional writing with special attention to developing course objectives, syllabi, and teaching techniques. The course will introduce you to the theoretical and pedagogical knowledge you will need to teach technical writing successfully to students across the disciplines.
Central questions in the course will require you to consider critical issues related to technical communication pedagogy. From this foundation, it will progress to more practical concerns ranging from what to teach in an introductory technical writing class, how to teach this information, and why to teach it. Activities in the course will require you to write a teaching philosophy statement, develop course materials and teach a lesson, compare textbook treatments, observe and reflect on the work of master teachers, and grade and comment on student papers successfully. Your work will be assessed through a variety of short assignments during the semester including reading responses, a lesson plan and oral presentation, a comparative textbook analysis, and a classroom observation report. The final project is a syllabus proposal for an undergraduate technical writing course. With this proposal in hand, you'll find yourself well prepared to teach your first introductory course in technical and professional writing.
The course requires at least one and possibly two textbooks:
- James M. Dubinsky's Teaching Technical Communication: Critical Issues for the Classroom (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004). ISBN-10: 0-312-41204-5
- Stuart Selber and Johndan Johnson Eilola's Solving Problems in Technical Communication (University of Chicago Press, In press.) ISBN: 9780226924076.
ENGL 5388: Usability Testing and Research
This course attempts to balance the theory of usability testing with the practice of actually conducting usability tests. It aims for two distinct modes. The first involves the concepts of usability testing, and will require that you do the assigned readings and participate fully in class discussion. I will expect you to ask questions, to connect ideas from various readings, and to connect these theories to our activities in the actual usability lab. The second mode of this course involves spending time in the usability lab, plugging in wires, rolling tape, positioning microphones and cameras, digitizing and editing video, and generally becoming very familiar with the workings of gathering data.
- Usability Testing & Research(Allyn & Bacon, 2002)
- Other readings will be assigned and made available on the course web site (http://www.brianstill.com/moodle)
- Discussion Forum (10%)
- Site Visit (20%)
- Usability Team Project (60%)
- Usability test plan (1/3)
- Report of findings (1/3)
- Client briefing and highlights tape/DVD (1/3)
- Final (10%)