Instructions Assignment by 65AKdK


									   Course Overview
things to know and think about when considering
            these sections of Eng2311

                       Engl 2311
                       Sections 004 & 014
                       Fall 2012
                                      The Instructor

                                                 Dr. Art Fricke
                            BS in Chemical Engineering & Biochemistry
                                  MS & PhD in Anthropology of Science

experience doing:
        LOTS of things, 10+ professional jobs in ~20 years

experience working with:
        Engineers and Lawyers
        Media Designers and Business Developers
        Scientists and Salespeople
        Human Resources and Administrative Specialists
        Shopfloor Factory Workers & Managers
        Managers in Business and Government
                                           How will I teach?

I’m not a PhD in technical communication
          My qualifications come from really varied professional work experiences

I think that “communication” is more than memos
          It’s about how to present yourself as a useful and valuable professional

“Being a professional” means helping other folks to manage
  their own work – for example:
          I teach four sections of two different courses (~70 students total)
          How can you help me keep this organized ?
          How can I help you to succeed in your own course work ?
          If you can figure things like this out, then you’ll do VERY well in the world

      This will be a practically-oriented and professionally
        organized course experience where both big and
     seemingly small “nit-picky” things will have a purpose
                                          The Students

Many different folks
      Sophomore to Senior standing
      Interior Design to Agricultural Economics

Many different goals
      “improved spelling” to “world domination”

Generally only TWO things in common
      1.   No clear idea of what “Technical Writing” is
      2.   This is a required course in your major

                 THEREFORE, this is a very challenging course to teach
                                               The Course

1) An opportunity for an introduction to Technical Writing basics
2) An opportunity to improve writing skills & habits
3) An opportunity to develop very efficient & effective work strategies

     I will work to present a very practically-oriented section
         designed to somehow benefit all of the very diverse
                                             folks in this room.
                                       The Course

Throughout the semester, you can choose to:

1.   Focus on the specific kind of document or skill
     relevant to your future career

2.   Learn to successfully get through everything else
     with a minimum of effort & time
            ANY professional job
breaks down pretty much like this:

Showing up on time prepared to work and ready to do      40%
your specific job each day

Meeting deadlines & following directions very            30%
consistently without constant supervision

Doing routine things very competently and consistently   20%
by using info and advice to improve
Doing some really smart and creative things that help    10%
everyone to save time & effort

                      the syllabus follows
               these professional realities

If you practice the habits that will make you very
successful in ANY professional job, then you will do very
well in this course

       work ahead on important projects
       get important things to colleagues EARLY
       always read and follow directions thoroughly and carefully
       always ask when you don’t understand something
       get help courteously and professionally from folks who offer it
       choose the people you work with very CAREFULLY
       show up to meetings, follow through with commitments, fix
        problems immediately, anticipate problems before they
        appear, generally be very DEPENDABLE
                       on the other hand . . .

If you practice the habits that will make you merely an
average or a below average professional, then you will
most likely earn an average or below average grade in
this course

       finish projects by the absolute deadline
       mostly read and follow directions
       sometimes guess if you don’t clearly understand something
       work with who you’re randomly stuck with
       show up to most meetings, mostly do what you need to,
        generally wait for others to tell you how to fix problems
                          so, for this syllabus . . .

It’s pretty easy to be average (that’s why it’s called AVERAGE)
          Generally works out to a B-
          If you generally follow directions, meet the attendance policy, meet
           deadlines, and are reasonably competent, then you will likely make an
           average grade.

Being below average means you mess some things up
          This results in C / D / F grades for these sections of eng2311
          Not meeting the attendance policy, not meeting deadlines, sometimes
           ignoring clear directions, not getting help with something important you
           simply can’t do on your own, etc – these things WILL all hurt your grade.

Being above average doesn’t mean working longer
          You can get great results by planning carefully and working ahead
          If you do all the routine stuff plus consistently practice at least some
           effective professional habits, then you will have a good chance for an “A”.
                  keys to the course
THESE HABITS make you above average

Show up on time ready to CONTRIBUTE something
Work (do not overwork) every week
         Take the 6hrs per week total time commitment VERY seriously
         TALK to me if the course consistently takes more time than this

Read and follow assignment directions VERY carefully
USE grading comments to improve on future assignments
Edit and revise assignments BEFORE handing them in
ASK questions and USE help
Work ahead on big assignments to use EARLY GRADING!
                      the questions
      How much work for this course?

•   Three hour course, expect six hours a week total
    (remember that 18hr courseload = fulltime 36hr/wk job)

•   Fast-paced, expect assignments every week

•   Cumulative, expect to manage weeks-long projects

•   Collaborative, expect to manage group efforts

•   Interactive, plan to PARTICIPATE in class meetings
                                the questions
                     What to expect from me?

Clear directions and course organization
          all assignment descriptions already posted, all materials linked
           to daily schedule, clear grading criteria, etc

Lots of feedback
          you’ll get LOTS of assignment comments, you’ll have early
           submission opportunities, you can get editing help from me, etc

Easy availability outside of class
          email and phone contact, 6hrs/wk of office time
                           the questions
            What will I expect from you?

On-time (or early) and complete assignments that
Self-managed (I won’t chase you) attendance
Effective email and phone contacts
         I’ll need timely communication for missed classes, etc
         I’ll need clear, concise, complete email messages

Useful (SPEAK UP!) class assistance
COMMUNICATION about issues and problems before
  they become a crisis that can’t be fixed
   so, be REALISTIC and honest . . .

This section is likely not a good choice for you if:

        You  are a freshman (especially if this is your very first
         college semester)
        You are taking 18+ hours this semester
        You need an easy B, are expecting a guaranteed A,
         or absolutely cannot end up with a C or a D or an F
        You are working and trying to take a full load of
         classes at the same time
        You need an instructor who will let some things slide
                        GET AHEAD right away

If this is the right section for you, then start
getting a week ahead so you can take
advantage of early grading:
      Read the “Job Application” project assignment descriptions
      Start looking for a job announcement or position description
       to use for this project
      Start looking for example resumes from your field
      Start working on the “Job Ad & Resume Analysis”
                        first project
       practice FOCUSED job hunting

You will:
      select a job ad, description, grad school position, etc
      research the organization
      find one or more EFFECTIVE resume examples
      create a STRATEGY to win the opportunity
      plan, design, and edit a focused resume
      plan, write, and edit a focused application email
      write and edit a mock interview thank-you letter
                                       Step 1:
                       where are job listings?

A professional society
         find their websites or look for their journals/magazines in
          the library
         there will be listings at the website or in the journals

The TTU Career Center
        can be very useful for job listings and resume editing help

A general job board on the web
                               Step 2:
          where are example resumes?

        EVERY major professional field has unique resume guides
        go to the catalog and do a subject search for “resumes”

       find someone who has the job you want and politely ask
        for a copy of their resume
Web searches for folks who have posted their resumes
       people WANT their resumes to be found
       use keywords that apply to your job field

The TTU Career Center
        they likely have examples for your degree field

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