Texas Tech University

Technical Communication and Rhetoric | Fall 2017 Courses

General Information

  • All course require completion of ENGL 1301 and 1302 before enrollment.
  • Some courses require additional prerequisites, as indicated below.
  • English 2311 counts towards a student's 12 hours of English General Degree Requirement.
  • Face-to-face courses are taught in networked computer classrooms.
  • A number of courses are offered online, including 2311, 3362, 3365, 3366, 3368, and 4380.

2000-Level Course Descriptions
3000-Level Course Descriptions
4000-Level Course Descriptions

2000-Level Courses

ENGL 2311: Introduction to Technical Writing

Multiple Sections with various instructors
Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and 1302. Introduction to patterns of writing used in reports and letters for business, industry, and technology.

3000-Level Courses

ENGL 3360: Issues in Composition

Dr. Ken Baake
Section .002 T 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 31638
Section .D02 T 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 38773

This Fall 2017 class is designed to help students in various disciplines improve their writing and ability to teach writing. We will focus on principles of expository and expressive writing with some attention to grammar and style. The class will include the following elements:

  • Class lectures, discussions and activities. Student led classes on the textbook chapters.
  • Written postings to Blackboard.
  • A short research paper.
  • A final exam.

The class will have a theme that underlies many of our readings and the research project. As most of you are at key moments of transition in your lives, we may explore what it means to move from one phase of life to another through readings on identity and rites of passage. We may also look at a few arguments that examine topics like climate change, which will have a profound effect on the world you are entering into.

Through the research project, you will have the opportunity to research and write a persuasive report or essay in which you present a plan for your future direction. I approach the course through the principles of grammar, expository and expressive writing, and rhetorical theory.

Possible texts:

  1. Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings (Concise 7th Edition). Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. Boston: Pearson, 2012. ISBN: 13: 978-0-321-96428-1
  2. The Structure of English: A Handbook of English Grammar. Newby, Michael. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 1987. ISBN: 0521349966
  3. Concisce Dictionary of English Etymology (Wordsworth Reference) (Wordsworth Collection) New Edition by Walter W. Skeat. ISBN-13: 978-1853263118
  4. Readings and lecture notes from Dr. Baake posted to Blackboard.

ENGL 3362.001: Rhetorical Criticism

Dr. Sean Zdenek
MW 2:00-3:20 PM
CRN: 27695

ENGL 3365.001: Professional Report Writing

Kylie Jacobsen
MW 12:00-1:20 PM
CRN: 13674

English 3365 is designed to prepare you for the types of writing you will encounter in the workplace. Its name “Professional Report Writing” is a bit misleading because, although this class will focus on some common report genres, including proposals, analytical reports, recommendation reports, and memos, your fundamental task is to learn to anticipate and respond to diverse audiences and communication contexts. In order to learn these rhetorical skills, you will plan, research, design and compose a variety of documents. In other words, the goals of this course are two-fold: 1) to introduce you to both theories and practical skills for workplace communication and 2) to allow you to practice these through the composition of documents and reports that are common in the workplace. Additionally, you will be prepared for 21st century workplace writing, which often includes the design of documents and the integration of technology into our writing production.

ENGL 3365: Professional Report Writing

Dr. Erin Pumroy
Section .D01 T 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 36383
Section .D03 Th 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 38772

ENGL 3365.D02: Professional Report Writing

Dr. Emil Towner
W 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 38039

ENGL 3366.002: Style in Technical Writing

David Young
CRN: 49631

In Style in Technical Communication, we will examine what constitutes a style and identify characteristics of the most frequently used styles in technical and professional communication. We will study discourse communities, how they determine which styles are appropriate for which contexts, and how we as authors can determine the appropriateness of a certain style for a situation. Finally, you will learn how to modify a style in existing writing and create multiple styles in your own writing.

ENGL 3367.001: Usability Testing

Dr. Abigail Selzer King
CRN: 13775

This is an applied research class where you will learn the key concepts and methods of usability testing. Throughout the semester, you will complete assignments to experiment with usability evaluation by working on real projects underway in Texas Tech's Usability Research Laboratory. Students who complete this class gain valuable skills in usability research, user experience, and user-centered design that are highly sought by employers. For more information, check out http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/usability/

ENGL 3368.D01: World Wide Web Publishing of Technical Communication

Dr. Craig Baehr
T 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 35496

This undergraduate-level course provides an overview of the practical and theoretical aspects of designing effective Web sites and online content. Specifically, our work will focus on process planning, content development, site structure, navigation, visual design, interface design, usability, and accessibility. The course will cover practical skills with various software tools and scripting languages, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The course address contemporary approaches and theories related to digital literacy, user experience, and technology to broaden our study of Web development as a technical communication specialization.

4000-Level Courses

ENGL 4360: Studies in Composition: Weird Videogames

Dr. Kendall Gerdes
Section .001 Th 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 14790
Section .D01 Th 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 37084

Want to play videogames in class? This is the class for you. Some people think videogames are an art form—a medium akin to literary fiction that enables players (like readers) to take on other people's lives and perspectives. Others view videogames as technical challenges to be mastered, quickly and thoroughly (if you're any good). This class will explore a variety of weird videogames, games that pose problems for both these points of view. Students will play videogames together and for homework. Assignments will include an on-going gameplay journal, short rhetorical analysis papers focused on the arguments that games make, and a position statement on rhetoric and identification. Finally, you'll learn to make your own videogame (no prior experience required).

ENGL 4366: Technical and Professional Editing

Dr. Angela Eaton
Section .001 W 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 21740
Section .D01 W 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 35497

In this class, you 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.

Texts: (This can be a list in a sentence or a more formal bibliographic style list. You may be specific or general, but students like to know if they've already read some of the material that will be covered.):

  • Rude, Carolyn R. (2002). Technical Editing (5th edtion). Allyn & Bacon: New York.
  • Research articles and excerpts from layout and design texts will also be read.

ENGL 4369.001: Interaction Design

Jack Labriola
T Th 11:00-12:20 PM
CRN: 35498

This course, Interaction Design, invites students to explore the way design and prototyping shift in dynamic situations. Students will build user-centered principles to develop design strategies and final projects that accommodate a technology to users and their situations for use. Projects in this class will include user experience reports, design prototyping and application or website development.

ENGL 4378.053: Internship in Technical Communication

Instructor: Varies
CRN: 14853

Contact the TCR advisor (English.advisoor@ttu.edu) for more information.

ENGL 4380: Professional Issues in Technical Communication

Dr. Rachel Wolford
Section .001 M 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 37086
Section .D01 M 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 35499
Must have TCR advisor permission

This capstone course focuses on developing your identity as a professional writer in the workplace. Since you have almost completed your coursework before taking English 4380, this course is designed to prepare you to enter the workplace. We will discuss the job search process, and you will create cover letters, résumés, and a portfolio. We will also conduct mock interviews as you prepare for the professional job market. You will also be responsible for three group projects for real-world clients. My goal for you in this course is to help you prepare to go into the world and do good with your degree—to consider the ways your education provides potential for you to change the world for the better. The two elements—where you want to go and doing good—are not, and do not have to be, separate endeavors. We will consider the ways you can develop a more ethical and socially aware approach to the work you will do as a technical communicator.

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