Texas Tech Graduate Courses in Technical Communication, Fall 2005

Distance Courses (section 270 or 370, 6:00 � 7:30 p.m.)  [Descriptions below]

Note:  All online students register for section 270 except non-Texas-resident online doctoral students, who register for section 370.

Course Title Instructor Date Call numbers
      sect. 270 sect. 370
ENGL 5361 Theories of Invention Koerber Thursdays 20678 20679
ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication St. Amant Tuesdays 20675 20674
ENGL 5372 Technical Reports Barker Thursdays 20672 20673
ENGL 5376 Online Publishing Baehr Wednesdays 13526 20671
ENGL 5384 Rhetoric of Scientific Literature Baake Mondays 20665 20666

On-site Courses [Descriptions below]

Course section Instructor Time Call #
ENGL 5060 History and Theory of Composition 001 Lang TTh 9:30 13504
ENGL 5060 History and Theory of Composition 002 Lang TTh 11:00 13505
ENGL 5361 Theories of Invention 001 Koerber TTh 3:30 20680
ENGL 5363 Research Methods in Technical Communication and Rhetoric 001 Rickly TTh 11:00 20677
ENGL 5364 History of Rhetoric
"History of Technical Communication"
001 Kimball TTh 12:30 20676
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication
"Grant and Proposal Writing"
001 Eaton Tues 6:00 20670
ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication 001 Zdenek TTh 2:00 13524
ENGL 5384 Rhetoric of Scientific Literature 001 Baake TTh 9:30 20668


English 5361:  Theories of Invention

This course is a survey of rhetorical theories from the 5th Century B.C.E. to the present. As a survey course that aims for broad historical coverage, we will study how rhetoric has been theorized and practiced in each of the following periods: Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Nineteenth-Century, and Modern/Postmodern.

Course assignments will include the following:

Take-home final

I plan to use at least two required texts for the course:

In addition to these books, there will also be some required and supplemental readings available through e-reserve.

Please e-mail me at amy.koerber@ttu.edu if you would like more information about the course. Check out my website (http://webpages.acs.ttu.edu/akoerber) where a tentative course calendar will be available soon.

English 5364:  History of Technical Communication

Website: http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/kimball/5364.htm

English 5371:  Foundations of Technical Communication

Introduction to the themes and issues, methods, types of documents, and literature that define the field of technical communication

Sample Assignments: Literature review, commentary essay, online instructional module

Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber, eds. Central Works in Technical Communication. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Online course packet (.pdf files of key articles in the field)

English 5376: Online Publishing

This course will provide an overview of the practical and theoretical aspects of developing online documentation and Web sites.  Specifically, the work will focus on information architecture, navigation systems, interface design, visual rhetoric, content development, accessibility, usability and scripting languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript).  Throughout the course, we�ll examine several core issues in hypertext theory, such as digital literacy, authorship, notions of textuality, credibility, ethics, and the history of online publishing.

English 5377:  Grant and Proposal Writing

Students in grant and proposal writing will learn about the genre and process of writing grants and proposals. Topics will include understanding the process in the university, locating funding opportunities, determining persuasive appeals, and writing and editing proposals. Specifics, such as National Science Foundation (NSF) style, will also be learned. Students will be introduced to scholarship and research funding databases. Coursework will involve readings, request for proposal summaries, and writing and editing proposals. Opportunities for writing grants and proposals in conjunction with TTU researchers or community members will be available.

English 5384:  Rhetoric of Scientific Literature

If you have visited the doctor and been told you are suffering from an illness for which you should be treated, you might assume that the illness has always been clearly defined, an absolute fact. Or, if you have read newspaper reports about discoveries in deep space, you might think that those nebulae were out there waiting to be found and described. But medicine, cosmology�every kind of science�involves choices of language that help to constitute those �facts.� Some diseases that are routinely diagnosed today did not exist 100 years ago�not because people didn�t get them�but because we had no terms to describe them. A distant galaxy would have made no sense to earlier generations who had no language to conceive of a universe much beyond the earth and sun.

English 5384 is for anyone who has been curious about the language that scientists and writers of science use to develop and spread scientific knowledge. Technical communicators who make daily decisions about language will find this course useful. Others who would benefit include scholars of rhetoric, writing teachers, literature students, and scientists interested in unraveling the role of language in what they do.

In this course we will ask how science is rhetorical. The course will involve reading and responding to each other�s short essays, class discussions (MOO discussions for the online students) and activities, and a final project. The course will sharpen your analytical skills and ability to integrate theories of rhetoric and technical communication into your understanding of the scientific world.

We will begin by considering several key works in science and examining the ways in which language makes them work as scientific arguments. After I receive a list of students enrolled in the class I will send around an email to get a sense of specific interests before developing a final reading list. Books that will definitely be included are Thomas Kuhn�s, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and the instructor�s book, Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science, which presents his experiences as a writer at a multi disciplinary science think tank. Other possible books are Randy Allen Harris�s (Editor) Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science and Latour and Wolgar�s, Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts. 

Sep 5, 2017