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Graduate Courses

5000. Professional Development. Workshops on resumes, interviews, time management, and other issues related to being a professional.

5060. History and Theories of College Composition  Seminar in history and contemporary theories of composition and rhetoric studies. Required for all new teaching assistants and graduate part-time instructors.

5300. Independent Study Individual projects and/or research on topics that are either not offered during student's tenure or are very specialized.

5361. Introduction to Rhetorical Theory   Classical and modern theories of rhetoric and rhetorical activity.

5362. Rhetorical Analysis of Text Classical and modern theories of rhetorical analysis.

5363. Composition Research   Survey of research methods in composition studies with emphasis on current research trends.

5364. History of Rhetoric   Survey of history and theories of rhetoric with an emphasis on applications to written communication.

5365. Studies in Composition   Consideration of classical and modern theories and research in written composition.

5366. Teaching Technical and Professional Writing  The theory and teaching of technical and professional writing with special attention to developing course objectives, syllabi, and teaching techniques.

5067. Methods of Teaching College Composition  Prerequisite: ENGL 5060. Introduces methods of teaching writing through assigned readings, supervised participation in teaching activities, and seminar discussion.

5368. Studies in Written Argumentation  History and theories of written argumentation.

5369. Discourse and Technology.  Study of the effects of computer networks and digitally mediated knowledge management on theoretical, practical, and pedagogical notions of discourse and discourse communities.

5371. Foundations of Technical Communication  Theory and practice of technical communication.

5372. Technical Reports  Theory and practice of reports and proposals.

5373. Technical Manuals  Theory and practice of manual development and design.

5374. Technical Editing  Substantive editing and design of technical documents.

5375. Document Design   Theory and practice of creating comprehensible, usable, and persuasive texts.

5376. Online Publishing Design and testing of online documents to support instruction and information retrieval.

5377. Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication  Intensive analysis and application of one or more theories of technical communication.

5378. Graduate Internship in Technical Communication Substantial writing and editing experience combined with research.

5379. Empirical  Research Methods in Technical Communication and Rhetoric Survey of empirical methods commonly used in TC&R research. (prereq: 5363)

5381. Global Technical Communication. Introduction to theories
and practices in global technical communication.

5382. Theory and Research in the Written Discourses of Health and Medicine. Current theory and research in the written discourses of health and medicine, focusing on the roles of technical and professional communicators.

5383. Grants and Proposals. Theoretical issues and practical experience dealing with the genre and process of writing grants and proposals.

5384. Rhetoric of Scientific Literature. Study of the role of rhetoric in the texts of scientific inquiry.

5385. Ethics in Technical Communication Definitions, philosophies, and applicability of ethics to technical communication problems and solutions.

5386. Written Discourse and Social Issues Study of uses of written discourse in problem solving on social issues involving science or technology.

5387. Publications Management Strategies of managing processes and knowledge that support publication.

5388. Usability Testing  Methods of planning, conducting, and analyzing usability tests.

5389. Field Methods of Research Survey of methods such as ethnography, observation, and participatory design with applications to research in rhetoric and technical communication.

5390. Writing for Publication This course is designed to teach students in the graduate programs how to write clear and effective articles for professional journals in their field.

6000. Master's Thesis.

7000. Qualifying Exam is a variable-credit course that is required of doctoral students who are conducting independent research, reading existing literature, and preparing to write their qualifying exams.

8000. Doctoral Dissertation.

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