Texas Tech Graduate Courses in Technical Communication, Spring 2006

 (Classes start Jan 11)

On-site Courses [Descriptions below]

Course Instructor Section Time
ENGL 5362 Rhetorical Analysis Zdenek 001 TTh 11:00
ENGL 5366 Teaching Technical Communication Kimball 001 Tues 6-9
ENGL 5369 Discourse and Technology:  Hypertext Theory Baehr 001 TTh 12:30
ENGL 5374 Technical Editing Eaton 001 Tues 2-5
ENGL 5376 Online Publishing Rice 001 Thurs 2-5
ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication Rickly 001 Wed 5-8
ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication Lang 002 Wed 5-8

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

Note:  All online students register for section 270 (or 271) except non-Texas-resident online doctoral students, who register for section 370 (or 371).

Course Instructor Section Synch. Meetings
ENGL 5366 Teaching Technical Communication Kimball 270/370 Thursdays
ENGL 5368 Theories of Written Argumentation Carter 270/370 Mondays
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication
"Consulting and Independent Contracting"
Barker 270/370 Mondays
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication
"Grant and Proposal Writing"
Rice 271/371 every other Wed*
ENGL 5385 Ethics in Technical Communication Dragga 270/370 Tuesdays
ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication Kemp 270/370 every other Wed*

*Both classes will meet on 1/11 to get the semester started (5377 at 6:00, 5390 at 7:00). Thereafter, the courses meet every other week:

5377: 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, and final exam

5390: 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, and final exam


ENGL 5362: Rhetorical Analysis of Text

This course provides a general introduction to methods of text analysis and rhetorical criticism. We�ll start the course with a consideration of the nature of rhetorical criticism, the scope of rhetoric, and some classical sources. The majority of the course will be organized by method. We�ll start our tour of methods with a discussion of traditional (classical) criticism and the revival of interest in rhetoric in the early 20th century. Other modern methods and tools of rhetorical/textual criticism will follow�situational, dramatic form (Burkean), genre, metaphor, intertextual, content analysis, narrative, framing, feminist, ideographic, linguistic discourse analysis, constitutive, and critical rhetoric. Issues and questions of interest to rhetorical theorists and practitioners will also be covered�e.g. the relationship between language and reality; the rhetorical situation; the writing process; and authorship and the second persona. By the end of the course, students should be able to select, apply, combine, and evaluate a variety of methods of rhetorical criticism in the context of their own research projects. As such, the course aims to foster critical thinking about the relationship between rhetoric and society. For more info, try: http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/zdenek/mainframe-courses.html

Required texts

  1. Bazerman, Charles & Paul Prior, eds. (2004) What Writing Does and How it Does it: An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN: 0805838066.

  2. Benson, Thomas W., ed. (1993) Landmark Essays on Rhetorical Criticism. (Landmark Essays Series: Volume 5). Davis, CA: Hermagoras Press. ISBN: 1880393085.

  3. Kuypers, Jim A., ed. (2005) The Art of Rhetorical Criticism. Boston: Pearson. ISBN: 0205371418.

  4. Lakoff, George & Mark Johnson (2003) Metaphors We Live By. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 0226468011.

English 5366 Teaching Technical Communication


English 5368: Studies in Written Argumentation

In this course we will examine theoretical and practical aspects of argumentation. Our emphasis will be on understanding the varied threads that have come together in the past 25 years to form somewhat of a recognizable field: Logic, Rhetoric, Dialectic. Since this course is being offered within a Technical Communication and Rhetoric program, we will focus the bulk of our attention to the rhetorical aspects of this field. In addition, we will examine the role of argumentation theory in our technological world. In broad terms, our reading and writing about argumentation theory will focus on the following four questions:

Required Books

Bizell, Patricia, and Bruce Hertzberg. The Rhetorical Tradition : Readings from Classical Times to the Present, 2nd ed. St. Martin�s, 2001.

van Eemeren, Frans H., Rob Grootendorst, and Tjark Kruiger.  Fundamentals of Argumentation Theory : A Handbook of Historical Backgrounds and Contemporary Development. Erlbaum, 1996.

Course website: http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/carter/5368/

English 5369: Discourse and Technology / Hypertext Theory

This course will focus on the intersections between hypertext theory, literacy and technology, and how they affect our notions of discourse, persuasion and design in online publication.  Our work will involve reading and discussion of some foundational narratives, including literary selections, that address hypertext and notions of electronic technologies to examine their influence and shaping of our cultural assumptions of them.  Our readings will cover related issues, such as online pedagogy, hyperfiction, hypermedia, ethics, roles of author and reader, credibility, visual thinking, and digital literacy.  We will also examine some of the rhetorical underpinnings of various online discourse communities, such as the ISOC, Internet Archive and W3C, as well as recent Internet legislation.  And finally, we�ll look at some of the ways in which hypertext theory and its technological products continue to shape our notions of discourse, text and culture.

ENGL 5374: Technical Editing

In Technical Editing, students will learn how to edit technical documents, from proofreading for errors at the surface to ensuring that the document contains appropriate content, organization, and visuals for its audiences. Students will also learn how to use traditional editing marks, editing functions within word processors, and principles of layout and design. Finally, students will learn about the profession of editing and develop pieces to support their careers. Specifically, students will complete a copyediting test used by publishers in industry, read primary research on editing and present the information to the class, edit the work of a non-native speaker of English, conduct a service learning project, and complete a major final editing project. Students will be encouraged to develop an expertise in a certain area of editing, either by nationality or by topic area, such as ESL editing or medical or legal editing.

ENGL 5376: Online Publishing

This course offers an overview of practical and theoretical aspects of designing effective online documents and Web sites. We will focus on information architecture, navigation systems, interface design, visual rhetoric, content development and granularity, and research and strategy issues. We will discuss a number of contemporary hypertext theories and major texts that examine issues of literacy, visual and spatial thinking, interactivity, and usability. We theorize, create, study, and re-create a series of online projects using a variety of new media tools that we are interested in learning. As such, the course and syllabus will evolve as our learning evolves.

ENGL 5377 Consulting and Independent Contracting

This course is intended as an introduction to doing independent work as a consultant and contractor in technical communication.  The approach I take is to pair each student up with an industry mentor, and, along with other activities such as list server participation and online data gathering, initiate students into the profession.  Work with mentors and materials preparation will be done in a reflective environment of scholarship on consulting and independent, small business work.

Assignments include: consulting materials (business plan, web site, sample documents, marketing materials, resume, contracts, letters of agreement, non-disclosure forms), research article suitable for publication in intercom, The Independent Perspective, or some other suitable venue, and a mentoring report (students, acting as interns, will establish a mentorship relation with this professional and perform some collaborative work with this person.) Textbooks include:  Successful Independent Consulting : Turn Your Career Experience into a Consulting Business, by Douglas Florzak, Getting Started in Consulting and Independent Contracting, by Thomas Barker and Karen Steele, and Technical communication, May, 2002 "Special Section on Consulting and Independent Contracting", edited by Thomas Barker and Kathryn Poe.  Website:  http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/barker/5377/

ENGL 5377: Grants and Proposal Writing

Technical communicators and educators often see problems in their communities that require sophisticated plans to solve. Such problems often require additional funding and resources. In this course you will learn the rhetorical process of grant seeking from identifying a problem; to coming up with an idea to solve the problem; to making sure the idea furthers the mission of the organization; to finding potential sponsors; to planning and developing a proposal. The goal of the course, in other words, is to define objectives and then to turn those objectives into outcomes.

ENGL 5385: Ethics in Technical Communication

In this course students should learn to


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. Although we will meet in the usability lab every other day for practical work, I expect you to schedule your own time in the lab in order to maximize your experience.

Text: Barnum, Carol M. Usability Testing and Research. Allyn & Bacon, 2002.

ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication

Getting published in scholarly and professional journals is an important achievement for those with graduate degrees in and out of the academy. English 5390 will provide you the knowledge, practice, and confidence needed to initiate writing projects intended for publication and then to successfully submit them. We will not only engage the specifics of organizing and writing publishable documents but examine the kinds of knowledge most appropriate for technical communication and rhetoric publications and the specifics involved in submission.


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