Texas Tech University

TCR Grad Courses, Summer 2012

Distance Courses ~June 3 - ~August 10 (6:00 - 7:45 p.m.)

Course Title Instructor Date Sections CRN
ENGL 5060 History and Theory of Composition Rice Thurs D21
ENGL 5365 Advanced Issues in Composition Kemp Wed D22
ENGL 5365: Special Topics:
Methods of Assessment
Lang Mon D21
ENGL 5386: Accessibility and Disability Zdenek Mon D21
ENGL 5377: Water and Oil Baake Tues D21
ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication Baehr Thurs D21

May Workshop Distance Courses (daily 5/21 - 6/2, 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 D23: 30232
x23:  30233

Note: All online students register for section D21 or D22 except non-Texas-resident online doctoral students, who register for section x21 or x22.


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.

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: 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 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.