Texas Tech Graduate Courses in Technical Communication, Summer 2006

Distance Courses (section 270/271 or 370/371, 6:00 � 7:30 p.m.)  [Descriptions below]

Course Title Instructor Date Sections
ENGL 5364 History: "Classical Rhetoric" Rice Mondays 270 & 370
ENGL 5374 Technical Editing Kemp Tuesdays 270 & 370
ENGL 5375 Document Design Baehr Mondays 271
ENGL 5377 Intercultural Communication St. Amant Wednesdays 270 & 370
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches: "Rhetoric-Economics" Baake/Carter Thursdays 271 & 371

the following courses are officially as summer courses, but will be available only to students who attend the 2-week May workshop.

ENGL 5375 Document Design Zdenek 1:30-5:30 Daily 270 & 370
ENGL 5388 Usability Testing Lang/Carter 1:30-5:30 Daily 270 & 370

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

Descriptions

ENGL 5364 Classical Rhetoric.

English 5364 provides an introduction to Classical rhetoric with an emphasis on practical application of rhetorical principles in contemporary technical communication and rhetoric in the workplace and academe. Primary readings from Greek and Roman antiquity include the sophists, Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian. The course revolves around three ancient beliefs about composing: 1) it is not possible to think or to write without reference to the culture in which the thinker or writer is living in; 2) argumentation is a positive; and 3) people compose to make positive change (Crowley and Hawhee). Required texts:

Other readings provided as needed. Syllabus available soon. Course website: www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/rice/5364/

ENGL 5374 Technical Editing explores the wide variety of professional editing skills the technical editor needs, including copy editing and online document management. Students should gain considerable skill concerning all aspects of manipulating language and presentational layouts over a range of formats. Given the nature of the course, there will be no major writing project but there will be a series of editing exercises, a midterm, and a final exam. The text is Carolyn Rude's Technical Editing, 4th Edition (2005). The handbook we will be using is The Chicago Manual of Style. 14th ed.

ENGL 5375 Document Design. (Dr. Baehr) This course will cover both practical and theoretical approaches to designing print and electronic documents.  Specifically, the course will focus on process, color theory, graphic design, page layout, principles, and conventions.  We�ll discuss some important theoretical threads in design research including perception, visual rhetoric, visual semiotics, representation, cultural and other approaches.  We�ll also discuss some popular graphic design software and scripting with CSS.

ENGL 5375 Document Design. (Dr. Zdenek) Description coming soon.

ENGL 5377 Intercultural Communication. The objectives of this course are to overview various theories and skills related to cross-cultural interactions in different media. At the end of this course, participants should be able to � Understand how cultural factors can affect the communication process � Identify the strategies, skills, and theoretical frameworks professional communicators can use to interact with clients and co-workers from other cultures � Describe how the spread of online communication technologies and globalization are contributing to cross-cultural business communication � particularly in relation to information technology (IT) and online media � Describe translation, localization, and globalization processes as they relate to professional communication � Understand how developments related to open source software (OSS) and international outsourcing/offshoring will affect the future of intercultural communication � Understand the legal, political, and economic forces shaping current and future practices in intercultural discourse

Course URL (will go online/be active in May): http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/stamant/ENGL5377

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.   URL:  http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/carter/5377/

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:

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. 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.

The lab experiences will take place during the May seminar for online doctoral students and the final papers will be due during the official summer session.

Course website http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/5388/

Sep 5, 2017