Note: All online students register for section 270 except non-Texas-resident online doctoral students, who register for section 370.
|Course Title||Instructor||Date||Call numbers|
|sect. 270||sect. 370|
|ENGL 5361 Theories of Invention||Koerber||Thursdays||20678||20679|
|ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication||St. Amant||Tuesdays||20675||20674|
|ENGL 5372 Technical Reports||Barker||Thursdays||20672||20673|
|ENGL 5376 Online Publishing||Baehr||Wednesdays||13526||20671|
|ENGL 5384 Rhetoric of Scientific Literature||Baake||Mondays||20665||20666|
|ENGL 5060 History and Theory of Composition||001||Lang||TTh 9:30||13504|
|ENGL 5060 History and Theory of Composition||002||Lang||TTh 11:00||13505|
|ENGL 5361 Theories of Invention||001||Koerber||TTh 3:30||20680|
|ENGL 5363 Research Methods in Technical Communication and Rhetoric||001||Rickly||TTh 11:00||20677|
|ENGL 5364 History of Rhetoric
"History of Technical Communication"
|ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication
"Grant and Proposal Writing"
|ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication||001||Zdenek||TTh 2:00||13524|
|ENGL 5384 Rhetoric of Scientific Literature||001||Baake||TTh 9:30||20668|
This course is a survey of rhetorical theories from the 5th Century B.C.E. to the present. As a survey course that aims for broad historical coverage, we will study how rhetoric has been theorized and practiced in each of the following periods: Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Nineteenth-Century, and Modern/Postmodern.
Course assignments will include the following:
I plan to use at least two required texts for the course:
In addition to these books, there will also be some required and supplemental readings available through e-reserve.
Please e-mail me at email@example.com if you would like more information about the course. Check out my website (http://webpages.acs.ttu.edu/akoerber) where a tentative course calendar will be available soon.
Introduction to the themes and issues, methods, types of
documents, and literature that define the field of technical communication
Sample Assignments: Literature review, commentary essay, online instructional module
Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber, eds. Central Works in Technical Communication. Oxford University Press, 2004.
Online course packet (.pdf files of key articles in the field)
Students in grant and proposal writing will learn about the genre and process of writing grants and proposals. Topics will include understanding the process in the university, locating funding opportunities, determining persuasive appeals, and writing and editing proposals. Specifics, such as National Science Foundation (NSF) style, will also be learned. Students will be introduced to scholarship and research funding databases. Coursework will involve readings, request for proposal summaries, and writing and editing proposals. Opportunities for writing grants and proposals in conjunction with TTU researchers or community members will be available.
If you have visited the doctor and been told you are
suffering from an illness for which you should be treated, you might assume that
the illness has always been clearly defined, an absolute fact. Or, if you have
read newspaper reports about discoveries in deep space, you might think that
those nebulae were out there waiting to be found and described. But medicine,
cosmology�every kind of science�involves choices of language that help to
constitute those �facts.� Some diseases that are routinely diagnosed today did
not exist 100 years ago�not because people didn�t get them�but because we had no
terms to describe them. A distant galaxy would have made no sense to earlier
generations who had no language to conceive of a universe much beyond the earth
English 5384 is for anyone who has been curious about the language that scientists and writers of science use to develop and spread scientific knowledge. Technical communicators who make daily decisions about language will find this course useful. Others who would benefit include scholars of rhetoric, writing teachers, literature students, and scientists interested in unraveling the role of language in what they do.
In this course we will ask how science is rhetorical. The course will involve reading and responding to each other�s short essays, class discussions (MOO discussions for the online students) and activities, and a final project. The course will sharpen your analytical skills and ability to integrate theories of rhetoric and technical communication into your understanding of the scientific world.
We will begin by considering several key works in science and examining the ways in which language makes them work as scientific arguments. After I receive a list of students enrolled in the class I will send around an email to get a sense of specific interests before developing a final reading list. Books that will definitely be included are Thomas Kuhn�s, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and the instructor�s book, Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science, which presents his experiences as a writer at a multi disciplinary science think tank. Other possible books are Randy Allen Harris�s (Editor) Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science and Latour and Wolgar�s, Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts.