Texas Tech Graduate Courses in Technical Communication, Spring 2005

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

Note 1:  All online students register for section 270 except non-Texas-resident online doctoral students, who register for section 370.

Note 2:  Program policy is that students admitted to distance programs always have priority for online sections. On-campus TCR and MATC students may take up to 2 online courses during their entire degree, and no more than 1 in any given semester. In given semesters (summer, in particular), this policy may be relaxed with the permission of the program.

Course Title Instructor Date Call numbers
      section 270 section 370
ENGL 5363 Composition Research Baake Wednesdays 21037 21041
ENGL 5364 History of Rhetoric
"The Post-Enlightenment Rise of Modern Rhetoric"
Kemp Mondays 20622 21028
ENGL 5373 Technical Manuals Barker Wednesdays 22566 21031
ENGL 5374 Technical Editing Kemp Thursdays 21038 21040
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication
"Intercultural Communication"
St. Amant Tuesdays 20624 21032

On-site Courses [Descriptions below]

Course Title Instructor Times Call number
ENGL 5365 Studies in Composition
"Quantitative Methods of Research"
Eaton TTh 9:30 14229
ENGL 5366 Teaching Technical Communication Kimball Thursdays, 6-9 14230
ENGL 5373 Technical Manuals Barker TTh 11:00 21730
ENGL 5375 Document Design Zdenek TTh 12:30 20623
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication
"Intercultural Communication"
St. Amant TTh 2:00 22656
ENGL 5385 Ethics in Technical Communication Dragga MW 3:30 20626
ENGL 5388 Usability Testing Carter TTh 3:30 20627
ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication Koerber Tuesdays, 5-8 14246

Registration is still open, but it requires the permission of the director of graduate studies.


ENGL 5363 is a graduate course for Ph.D. and MA English students seeking an overview of the various research methods used in technical communication and rhetoric and composition (TCR). The course will expose students to the methods available for conducting research and to journal articles and book chapters that exemplify such research. At the end of the course students will be able to do the following:

The course will meet weekly in the Texas Tech MOO for an hour and a half. In addition, students will also carry on an asynchronous discussion and post reading responses via Web Board. Each student will develop a research paper in various stages, moving from a literature review through a statement of methods to results and analysis. Students will present their findings to the class via the MOO.

The main texts for the class will be:

  1. MacNealy, Mary Sue. Strategies for Research in Writing. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999.
  2. Hart, Chris. Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination. London: Sage Publications, 1998.

An old syllabus of this course (which will be revised) is available at http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/baake/5363/syllabus_2003.htm

ENGL 5364 "History of Rhetoric: The Post-Enlightenment Rise of Modern Rhetoric" will investigate how Enlightenment energies provoked the rise of neo-classical Rhetoric in the nineteenth century, leading eventually to new formulations of the nature and role of writing in democratic societies. Students will read excerpts from theoretical and textbook material by Campbell, Whately, Genung and others detailing the struggles defining a new understanding of public knowledge in the expanding age of mass education and technology development. Tests will include a "take-home" mid-term and final examination and major assignments will include a semester paper arguing some aspect of the shifting expectations of literacy from the dawn of the industrial revolution through post-WWII America. Students will meet for an hour-and-a-half every week in the department's chat environment (http://moo.engl.ttu.edu:7000), and will receive brief "lectures" in the form of narrated FLASH files and live Webmeeting presentations. Materials will be shared through the HTML environment using a simple authoring system in TOPIC, a courseware web application I have developed. The course website is http://ttopic.english.ttu.edu/manual/manualframe.asp?typeof=5364.  Questions can be directed to Dr. Kemp at fred.kemp@ttu.edu.

ENGL 5365 is a special topics course taught as "Quantitative Research Methods."  The primary goals of this course are to make students intelligent consumers of quantitative research and to provide the necessary understanding so they can design their own study, should they have a research question that can be investigated with quantitative methods.

In this course, we will cover underlying concepts such as sampling, reliability, validity, descriptive and inferential statistics*, use of statistical programs such as SPSS, and forms, including surveys, quasi-experiments, and experiments. We will study situations in which quantitative research methods are valuable and when they are not, and study and critique examples of quantitative research in psychology, composition, and technical communication. We will study the nature and value of quantitative methods, and review the debate in English over their use. And finally, students will design studies of various purposes and lengths to practice these skills.

*No experience with research methods or statistics is necessary�all concepts will be introduced or reviewed.  

ENGL 5366 focuses on pedagogical approaches to technical communication. The course will read pedagogical theory in general, as well as explore pedagogical theory as applied to technical communication. Course work will include the development of practical pedagogical documents such as course syllabi and lesson plans, as well as researched papers in technical communication pedagogy. Students will be invited to attend meetings of ENGL 2311 instructors to gain further insight into teaching technical communication service courses.

ENGL 5373 covers the management and production of forms of print and online manuals, including software and hardware manuals, instructions, and performance support. Students will learn how to manage projects, and how to address issues of user analysis, text design, graphics design, task orientation, and translation. Class activities will include exercises and presentations focused on student project work and examples. The main assignment in the course is a single-sourced solution to a documentation project focused on a software application.  Students will select their own major project, and complete it under the direction of the instructor.

Textbook: Barker, Writing Software Documentation, Second Edition, 2003, Course Pack of selected articles available through the TTU Library E-Reserve. Software: XML Spy. The department owns a site license for the software and we will use it to create tutorial, user guide, and reference documentation.

ENGL 5374 examines how writing solves professional problems, large and small, and how problem-solving requires a rhetorical knowledge of what the reader expects and the proper form of delivery. Special attention is given to form and the close editing of text. The textbook for the course will be Carolyn Rude's Technical Editing, Third Edition. Students will meet for an hour-and-a-half every week in the department's chat environment (http://moo.engl.ttu.edu:7000), and will receive brief "lectures" in the form of narrated FLASH files and live Webmeeting presentations. Materials will be shared through the HTML environment using a simple authoring system in TOPIC, a courseware web application I have developed. Questions can be directed to Dr. Kemp at fred.kemp@ttu.edu.

ENGL 5375 will teach you to

ENGL 5377: Intercultural Technical Communication Email: kirk.st-amant@ttu.edu 

Required Text: Cultures and Organizations, software of the Mind: Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival (1st ed.). by Geert Hofstede, McGraw-Hill: ISBN#0070293074

Course will also use a series of free-access online readings (related URLs to be provide by instructor at the start of the Spring 05 semester).

Students will be expected to review the online versions of The Economist (www.economist.com) and BusinessWeek (www.businessweek.com) on a weekly basis as the stories covered in these publications will provide the business context against which the class will examine ideas of culture and communication.

Software Used in Distance Course: Distance course will use TTU email system and TTU English Dept. MOO. Course might also use online bulletin board functions and other chat functions associated with WebCT. (Still not sure if I'll use WebCT; will have a firm answer by late Oct./early Nov.)

Course Description: This course will introduce students to basic theories and practices related to intercultural technical communication. Included in the course will be an examination of translation, localization, international website design, international outsourcing, global uses of open source software (OSS), working in international virtual teams, communicating in international online interactions, and legal issues (e.g. copyright and privacy) related to international communication.

ENGL 5385 will teach you to


ENGL 5388 focuses on methods of planning, conducting, and analyzing usability tests within the larger context of studying the way users interact with different artifacts. The course aims for two distinct modes. The first involves the concepts of usability research, 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.  Questions?  email  locke.carter@ttu.edu 

ENGL 5390 (Writing for Publication) will teach students how to write research articles in their field. The three-hour seminar, which meets in a computer classroom, will consist of individual and group writing activities, workshops on students' drafts, and lecture/discussion on scholarly articles. Assignments will include WebCT postings, at least one class presentation, and two major writing assignments (each of which will include several stages). One of these major writing assignments will be original to this course, and the other will be a revision of a paper previously written. The goal for the course is that each student eventually gets at least one of the major writing assignments accepted for publication in a scholarly journal in their field.

Sep 5, 2017