Texas Tech University

TCR Graduate Courses Summer 2010

Local Courses , Second Summer Session, July 7 - August 6

Course Title Instructor Date Sections CRN
ENGL 5383 Grants and Proposals Eaton Second session,
room 357,
001 32025
Eaton Second session,
Room xxx
002 TBA

Distance Courses ~June 1 - ~August 6 (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.)

Course Title Instructor Date Sections CRN
ENGL 5365 -- Assessment and Accountability Lang Mondays D22
ENGL 5377: Cyberspace Cultural Theories Cargile Cook Tuesdays D21
ENGL 5365: Internet Writing Baehr Wednesdays D23
ENGL 5377: Theoretical Approaches: Rhetoric and Economics Baake & Carter Thursdays D22
ENGL 5386 Discourse and Social Issues: Accessible Rhetoric: Web Accessibility and Disability Studies Zdenek Thursdays D21
ENGL 5386 Discourse and Social Issues: Cyborgs, Prosthetics, and Rhetoric Booher Wednesdays D22
ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication Kemp Tuesdays D21

May Workshop Distance Courses (daily 5/17 - 5/29, 1:30 - 5:30)

officially as summer courses, but available only to students attending the 2-week May workshop

ENGL 5375 Document Design Kimball 1:30-5:30 Daily D21: 23257
x21: 23265
ENGL 5388 Usability Testing Carter 1:30-5:30 Daily D21: 23304
x21: 23306

this course will take place during the May workshop and is available for local students by permission.

ENGL 5365 Studies in Composition: New Media Rhetoric Rice 1:30-5:30 Daily D21: 23149
x21: 23189

Note: All online students register for section D21 or D22 except non-Texas-resident online doctoral students, who register for section D31 or D32.


ENGL 5365: New Media Rhetoric

Technical communicators often see problems in their communities that require sophisticated plans to resolve. Such problems might include using multiple media types to explain material, to instruct, or to design feasibility analysis reports. English 5365: Media/Rhetoric is designed to introduce students to theoretical and practical complexities and practicalities of working with new media. We will discuss different formulations of what "new media" might mean while reading a variety of important and mind-opening works about media, and while putting our new knowledge into practice with group projects.


ENGL 5365: Internet Writing

The course will address core issues related to Internet writing, including technology theory, hypertext, narrative, social media, online publishing, interactive theory, new media, and Web 2.0. It will address the overlaps these bodies of knowledge provide for us in understanding the complexities of structured and unstructured authoring, writing products, information findability, single-sourcing, online identity, technology trends, digital media, and mass media theory. We'll discuss specific tools as well as Internet writing practices and standards from groups such as the W3C, and others, to examine their rhetorical underpinnings.

ENGL 5365: Assessment and Accountability

Assessment and accountability—these terms are among the most frequently heard on college and university campuses today. Writing assessment, never an easy task, has become increasingly complicated as powerful and affordable writing technologies and platforms broaden the scope of what students may produce at the undergraduate or graduate level. At the same time, individual programs at a particular campus, such as first-year writing or technical communication, must find ways to assess their students, while university-wide general education or writing in the disciplines programs must assess students who may enter these programs as first-year students or who transfer in to a particular school at any time.

This course will quickly survey some recent history of writing assessment, including discussions concerning the range of stakeholders and longstanding issues, before examining current trends and potential methods of assessment at the student, course, and programmatic levels. The major project for the course is an applied one; students will propose and complete an assessment project of a scope to be determined in consultation with their instructor. Other assignments will include reading responses and active class participation. This course will serve as a methods course for doctoral students.

ENGL 5375 Document Design.

This course will focus on the visual and physical aspects of documents, grounding practical document design skills in theories of visual perception, visual culture, and visual rhetoric. The primary goals of the course are to broaden your awareness of the theoretical constructs we can use to develop successful document designs and to give you further practice in document design.

Because this is a graduate course, the work required will be both theoretical and practical. On the theoretical side, you will read and discuss a variety of theoretical discussions about document design and related areas of study, such as visual rhetoric, visual literacy, cognitive psychology, color theory, visual ethics, and information graphic design. You will also write an essay analyzing the design of one or more documents. On the practical side, you will complete a series of exercises and a document design project for a real client during the two-week May Workshop.


Students should be able to fulfill the following outcomes through taking this course:

  1. Analyze document designs and their contexts through a variety of theoretical and practical viewpoints. Methods of assessment: Analytical essays, project situational analysis report.
  2. Design effective and creative visual designs in response to communication situations. Methods of assessment: Collaborative design project.
  3. Articulate reasons behind design decisions. Methods of assessment: Reflective report on design project.
  4. Manage design projects. Methods of assessment: Progress reports.

ENGL 5377 Rhetoric/Economics.

In this course we will examine the fields, practices, and discourses of rhetoric and economics and will explore their intersections. This course is for anyone who wants to understand better the way that language influences economists, business people, and all of us as we participate in the marketplace. Technical communicators who make daily decisions about language use in their workplaces, especially when those decisions involve analyzing costs and benefits of a proposed action, will find this course useful. As a class we will also probe the ways in which technical writing and rhetorical scholarship can contribute economic value to business and society.

The questions we ask will be of two natures. Half the course (the "rhetoric of economics" portion) will ask whether/how the "objective" field of economics relies on metaphor, persuasion, and the messy world of discourse. The other half of the course (the "economics of rhetoric" portion) asks how we might understand our activities in rhetoric and applied rhetorics through the lenses of economic concepts.

For a course project, you will examine a fruitful intersection of the two fields. Possible topics might include the following:

  • Economic behavior in argumentation
  • Use of metaphors in a recent economic theory
  • Economic metaphors in composition or technical communication literature
  • The economics of a particular branch of rhetoric
  • The use of persuasion in economics education
  • How a particular economist employs a certain trope or figure of speech throughout his corpus

ENGL 5377 Cyberspace Cultural Theories

This course will explore the imagined, real, and virtual and the interstices between them in cyberspace. We will begin our exploration with a tour of stories—material, symbolic, and experiential—that sparked the concept of cyberculture. We'll then turn to issues and questions, some controversial, related to life in cyberspace: identity, embodiment, and community. Our final turn will consider persuasion and cyberspace, specifically in marketing and politics. Our journey will ask you to examine the influence of writing and storytelling on the creation and growth of cyberspace as well as the influence of rhetoric in its political, economic, and cultural development. Questions that will guide our discussions include the following:

  • How have writing and rhetoric shaped cyberspace?
  • How have writing and rhetoric shaped, and perhaps even created, the cultures inhabiting cyberspace?
  • More importantly, why should we, as citizens, writers and rhetoricians, care about cyberspace and its culture(s)?

This is a text-heavy course; it requires you to watch five movies, read four science fiction novels, and read and apply concepts from two theoretical texts. Many of these materials contain adult subject matter with graphic images and language. Weekly asynchronous reading responses and synchronous Skype seminar meetings are required in this online class as well as a final examination.

Website: /english/tcr/Grad_Courses/CargileCookSummer10Syllabus.pdf

ENGL 5386 Discourse and Technology: Web Accessibility and Disability Studies

Course website


ENGL 5386 Discourse and Technology: Cyborgs, Prosthetics, and Rhetoric

Are you normal? What if you lack fleshly legs, but gain high-tech prosthetic legs – are you abled? Disabled? Super-abled? When your prosthetics/technologies cross the boundaries of the flesh, or become integral to your “normal” functioning and existence, are you (still) human? Post-human? Cyborgean? Are you enhanced? Are you cheating?

The labels and rhetorics used to describe our differences have profound impacts on our lives, from issues of medical treatment and legal rights, to those of ethics and competition; from deciding who gets to compete in sporting events, to determining who gets access to the “best” technologies/prostheses; from how we treat each other, to how we understand who we are.

This course will examine the rhetorical constructions of humans and, interrelatedly, of how we define our abilities and humanity/ies. We will complicate the relationships between and boundaries of bodies and technologies, and consider how understandings of these relationships affect concepts like “prosthetics," “cyborgs,” and "normal." We will explore the material and the metaphorical, the practical and the theoretical, the discourses and the practices, the arguments and the definitions. Weekly asynchronous reading responses and synchronous seminar meetings are required in this online class. Major course assignments will include a seminar paper and a final exam.

ENGL 5388 Usability Testing.

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.

The lab experiences will take place during the May seminar for online doctoral students. Any work will be completed in class or no later than June 1.