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ENGL 2311 Introduction to Technical Writing
Multiple instructors/times Available
Offered both Onsite and Online
Technical writing is kind of misnomer for what we will do in this class. Writing is certainly involved; however, so is utilizing design, image, media, and other communication skills. We will learn to communicate effectively by using strategies closely linked to the workplace. Most importantly, we will think about writing and communication differently from how you may have considered them in the past: we will learn to view technical writing as a means for solving problems. We will use writing and documents to “get work done,” whatever your field or discipline.
ENGL 2312 Texts and Technologies that Change the World
Section 001: (TR 3:30pm -4:50pm)
Section D01: (TR 3:30pm - 4:50pm)
An introduction to the role of culture in the design of texts and technologies and methods of cross-cultural technical communication. The world is a big place. However, technology increasingly extends the reach of individuals and groups across borders: national/political borders, linguistic borders, and cultural borders. Engineers, technical communicators, and professionals are asked more and more to design texts and technologies that reach and work across those borders. In this class we will explore the definition and role of "culture" and what it means to be "culturally competent." We will learn about the ways writing and writing technologies shape and are shaped by the cultures in which they are used. This class will challenge you to understand that technologies are developed for particular users in particular contexts and that in order to effectively design technologies and documents, technical communicators must become invested in cross-cultural communication and mindfulness. We will consider, for example, how we use our cell phone as a local activities but also how our cell phone use reflects global activities, institutions, and cultures.
ENGL 3360 Issues in Composition (Online)
Section D02: (M 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
Exploration of principles and practices in rhetoric and writing. Substantial writing required.
ENGL 3362 Rhetorical Criticism
Dr. Ken Baake
Section 001: (T 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
Section D01: (T 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
This is a class that looks at the history of rhetoric, how speakers and writers have developed arguments from Classical Greek and Roman times to the present. Aristotle defined rhetoric as the art of finding the best available means of persuasion. For the Greeks rhetoric was primarily oral, although it is obviously found in all forms of human communication—especially writing and visual media. In this course we will survey of rhetorical theory from the Sophists through Aristotle and fellow Greeks, Romans, Medieval theologians, Enlightenment scholars and others to 20th century thinkers. We will consider everything from Cicero's blistering attack on a fellow countryman accused of conspiracy in first century B.C.E. Rome to Dr. Martin Luther King's speech proclaiming his dream for civil rights in 20th century America. The class will cover all aspects of rhetoric, but focus mainly on invention, arrangement, and style. We will study how rhetoric functioned in these historic periods and how it functions today.
Students will post reading responses to Blackboard, engage in practice developing arguments using Classical techniques, and conduct a research project.
ENGL 3365 Professional Report Writing
Multiple instructors/times available
Offered both onsite and online
Preparation of professional and academic reports and publications through the use of communication analysis. This class will look at reports in society and the workplace.
ENGL 3366 Style in Technical Writing
Section 002: (R 6:00pm – 8:50pm)
Section D01: (R 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
This course focuses on the varieties, characteristics, and function of style in prose writing. Students in this class will cultivate a range of styles by experimenting with and analyzing the effects of such variables as word choice, sentence structure, rhythm, punctuation, grammar, and usage. We will also read and discuss arguments about writing style (both scholarly and otherwise), examining the politics and values that style communicates. We'll observe how style shapes what can be said and to whom, and describe how different styles suit different audiences. The goal is to develop keener senses of the rhetorical force of style, and to exercise writing as a way of tapping into the power and charm of language.
ENGL 3367 User Experience Research
Section 001: (MW 2:00pm – 3:20pm)
Principles and techniques of testing online and print documents, using video and digital equipment, with emphasis on rhetorical effectiveness and usability of graphics, text, and format.
ENGL 3368 Web Design
Section 001: (TR 11:00am – 12:20pm)
Principles and techniques of designing usable Web sites, with emphasis on needs assessment, information architecture, and navigation.
ENGL 4360 Studies in Composition
Section 001: (M 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
Section D01: (M 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
Intensive examination of one or more issues in the study of writing. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary. Substantial writing required.
ENGL 4369 Interaction Design
Section 001: (T 6:00pm -8:50pm)
Section D01: (T 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
The study of information gathering for design of efficient user interaction with software and hardware through adaptive interfaces, dynamic text structures, and single-sourcing methodologies.
ENGL 4380 Professional Issues in Technical Communication
Section 001: (W 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
Section D01: (W 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
*Graduating Seniors Only - Permit Required*
Required for all declared Technical Communication majors and minors.
Advanced study of trends in technical communication, application of theory in a community service-learning project, and preparation of a professional portfolio.