Texas Tech University

TCR Grad Courses, Spring 2014

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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

On-campus Courses

Course Instructor section CRN Time Room
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.

Required Readings:

  • Usability Testing & Research(Allyn & Bacon, 2002)
  • Other readings will be assigned and made available on the course web site (http://www.brianstill.com/moodle)

Expected Assignments:

  • 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%)