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					                 Technical Writing: Grant/Proposal Writing 801-120
                                             Fall 2010                              August 16, 2011


Instructor: Dick Gage                 Office: Racine 222D                     Office M__________
                                                                              Hours: T__________
Phone:    262.619.6410 (school)                                                      W__________
          262.619-6231 (fax)                                                         T__________
                                                                                     F__________

E-Mail: gaged@gtc.edu (school)


Address: Gateway Technical College, Attention: Dick Gage, 1001 S. Main Street, Racine, WI
         53403

Text: None

Course Description:      Students are provided the skills and practice in writing successful program
                         and funding proposals for grants. Emphasis is centered around learning to
                         understand the Request for Proposals (RFP) guidelines and to apply the
                         basic grant writing skills that enhance successful funding and program
                         initiation from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as
                         corporate and private foundations.

Internet and Social Networking Sites: WARNING: The Internet and social networking sites,
including but not limited to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace or 2nd Life, are not
controlled by Gateway Technical College. While there can be educational value to these sites,
there is potential for offensive language, adult content and situations.
 If you have concerns, please talk with your instructor.

Pandemic Emergency Preparedness. Should there be a public health pandemic emergency, the
student is responsible for:
     Being prepared and able to adapt if there is an unplanned absence (pandemic emergency)
     Being present when classes are in session and managing your time so that you can
       complete your assignments and assessments on or before the date they are due.
     Completing work missed due to an pandemic emergency absence within the time frame
       determined by the instructor.
     Participate in the alternative method of instructional delivery using Blackboard until such
       time as the pandemic emergency ends.

Student Responsibilities: Students are responsible for their own learning and development. They
have a responsibility to be active learners by attending class, participating in class activities and
discussions, completing class assignments, and preparing in advance for the class session. The
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Gateway District believes every student has the right to pursue an education free from disruption,
harassment, illegal activities, threats, or danger. Any student or group of students may be denied
access to the classroom upon the instructor’s determination that the behavior impedes student
learning and/or the health and safety of peers, self, or the staff. The District further believes that
academic honesty and integrity are fundamental to the educational mission of this College. Thus,
cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in course failure. Every student is
expected to comply with the standards set and to be familiar with all the rules and regulations of
Gateway Technical College (see section V of the Student Handbook for complete information on
Student Rights and Responsibilities).

Credits: 2-credit program elective

Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives:       Students need to master specific competencies in grant writing in order to be
                         employable as a technical communicator and to succeed in that career. As in
                         any course, the student will learn many additional theories and skills beyond
                         the minimum requirements of the course as a result of the assigned readings,
                         research, and communications with the instructor and other students. The
                         following eight competencies are the minimum skills promoted and assessed
                         in this course.

1. Research grant proposal writing skills.
2. Locate the various funding sources such as local, state, and federal agencies; business and
   industry foundations; and private foundations that match the project/program criteria.
3. Identify the information, format, required evaluation and/or follow-up requirements, and other
   special requirements of the funding source’s request for proposal (RFP).
4. Research a grant proposal according to an RFP.
5. Write a grant proposal with its required peripheral documentation, as well as the evaluation
   and/or follow-up documentation required for an approved grant proposal, according to the RFP.
6. Objectively review the grant proposal according to the RFP.
7. Recognize the principles of unbiased, non-sexist, multicultural, and global communication.
8. Apply the principles of unbiased, non-sexist, multicultural, and global communication.

Core Abilities:    Gateway believes students need both technical knowledge and skills and core
                   abilities in order to succeed in a career and in life. The following nine core
                   abilities are the general attitudes and skills promoted and assessed in all Gateway
                   programs; those followed by an asterisk are promoted and assessed in this course.

1.   Act responsibly
2.   Communicate clearly and effectively*
3.   Demonstrate essential computer skills*
4.   Demonstrate essential mathematical skills
5.   Develop job-seeking skills
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6.   Respect self and others as members of a diverse society*
7.   Think critically and creatively*
8.   Work cooperatively*
9.   Value learning*

Grading:       A thorough understanding of the grading guidelines is critical to the successful
               completion of this course. Please read carefully, and contact the instructor if there are
               any questions.
               Mid-Term Grades will be available via WebAdvisor about the eighth week of the
               semester (earlier or later in the semester for classes scheduled for less than 13 weeks
               or for classes that are self-paced or on-demand). Mid-Term Grades are a snapshot of
               your grade on the date the Mid-Term Grade was entered. Mid-Term grades do not
               appear on your transcript and are not calculated into your GPA. Instructor
               comments may also be provided.

1. Although attendance does not directly affect your final grade, poor attendance does
   indirectly affect your final grade since you will miss notes, directions, deadlines, and personal
   help on the various writing assignments. As a result, you may complete assignments that do not
   meet required criteria, resulting in a lower assignment grade. In addition, if you miss more than
   eight consecutive hours of class without talking to me, you may be dropped from the course—
   resulting in a NG or F final grade.

2. Adherence to deadlines counts about 15 percent of the final grade. Adherence to deadlines
   counts about 15 percent of the final grade. Since deadlines are an integral part of a grant
   writer’s success, deadlines have been established for all projects. In order to meet the deadline,
   all assignments must be in the instructor’s possession by the assigned date and time. All
   projects handed in after the deadline will be marked late in day increments. The first late
   assignment will be assessed 1 day for each day late; the second late assignment will be assessed
   2 days for each day late; the third late assignment will be assessed 3 days for each day late; the
   fourth late assignment will be assessed 4 for each day late; and so on. The final deadline grade
   will be determined by dividing the deadline days remaining at the end of the course by the total
   calendar days the course is scheduled. If at the end of the course any assignments have not been
   handed in, the final deadline grade will be a zero.

     Paper portfolios and electronic portfolios will not be accepted late; if they are late, the grade
     will be a zero for the portfolio. There also may be other assignments that the instructor will not
     accept late; if not indicated as such on the syllabus, you will be notified of these assignments at
     least 5 days before they are due; again if they are late, the grade will be a zero for the
     assignment.

3. One grant proposal that follows grant application directions and RFP, various written
   and oral grant assignments, and using class work time counts about 75 percent of the
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    final grade. The assignment 9 grant project itself counts for about 55 percent of this
    grade, leaving about 20 percent for the other smaller assignments

4. Portfolio (grant/proposal project) counts about 10 percent of the final grade. This is not
   required for Human Service students. The portfolio is not accepted late.

5. Grading Scale (see grading matrix at the end of the syllabus):

      Letter      Numeric    Letter    Numeric
      Grade       Grade      Grade     Grade
        A         95 – 100     C       79 – 82
        A-        93 – 94      C-      77 – 78
        B+        91 – 92      D+      75 – 76
        B         87 – 90      D       72 – 74
        B-        85 – 86      D-      70 – 71
        C+        83 – 84      F       69 – 0

Note: If you have any special educational needs or concerns, please contact the course instructor or
a special needs instructor at one of the Gateway campuses.


Syllabus
Note: The following provide the specific details and due dates of all required assignments for
this course. Review course notes and do any personal research needed before completing the
projects.

1.25.11     Introduce the course. Discuss grant proposal writing. Start to decide on subject for grant
            proposal project. Start locating a Request for Proposal (RFP) if you are not going to use
            the Wisconsin Common Grant Application (students opting to do a real grant to actually
            submit for potential funding).

2.1.11      Discuss grant proposal writing. Written list of three potential subjects/topics for
            grant proposal project is due. See assignment 1 details in Blackboard. Class work
            time.

2.8.11      Discuss grant proposal writing. Present overview of your chosen grant proposal
            project to class. Written description of grant proposal project is due. See
            assignment 2 details in Blackboard. Class work time.

2.15.11     Discuss grant proposal writing. A print out of the funding source that would
            potentially support your grant project topic is due. See assignment 3 details in
            Blackboard. Class work time.
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2.22.11     Discuss grant proposal writing. A printed copy of the completed Part One of the
            Wisconsin Common Grant Application (WCG) for your grant topic is due. See
            assignment 4 details in Blackboard. Class work time.

3.8.11      Discuss grant proposal writing. A printed copy of the created Part Two headings for
            the WCG Application (select one of the three heading systems from the handout
            and use consistently) is due. Be sure to place dummy text with the heading (similar
            to the heading handout) so I can see which heading system you are using. See
            assignment 5 details in Blackboard. Class work time.

3.22.11     Discuss grant proposal writing. A printed copy of your written narrative for bullet
            number one for the Organization Information and Background section of Part
            Two of the WCG Application for your grant topic is due. See assignment 6 details
            in Blackboard. IMPORTANT: After you have submitted bullet one to the instructor, be
            sure you continue writing the rest of the narrative for Part Two of the WCG. You should
            not wait until you get this assignment back to continue since the completed grant is due
            in just four week. Class work time.

3.29.11     A printed copy of the Part Three Attachments (attachments 1 and 6 must be
            complete at this time) of the WCG Application for your grant topic (following the
            attachment handout) is due. See assignment 7 details in Blackboard. Graded class
            work time.

4.12.11     Have other students in class, as well as other reviewers, edit your grant. See the
            extra credit assignment 8 details in Blackboard. Graded class work time.

4.19.11     Graded class work time.

4.26.11     Completed grant proposal project due. See assignment 9 details in Blackboard. Class
            work time.

5.3.11      Return grant proposals and wrap up course.

5.3.11      Paper portfolio due at an announced time this week for Technical Communication
            only. See assignment 10 details in Blackboard.
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Grading Matrix

Assessment                                            Grade Earned
  Areas                     A             B                C                   D                 F
Assignment        All              Most of the        Basics of the      Few of the        Competencies
competency        Competencies     competencies       competencies       competencies      and objectives
and objective     and objectives   and objectives     and objectives     and objectives    not met.
                  met.             met.               met.               met.
Assignment        Assignment       Assignment         Assignment         Assignment        Assignment
publishable       publishable      publishable        publishable        publishable       publishable
                  without          with minor         with several       with major        only with
                  changes.         changes.           changes and        changes and       complete
                                                      revisions.         revisions.        rework.
Logical           Ideas            Most of the        Some of the        Few of the        Most of the
presentation of   presented        ideas presented    ideas presented    ideas presented   ideas presented
ideas             logically.       logically.         logically.         logically.        illogically.
Correct           No mechanic      Several            Frequent           Numerous          Many mechanic
mechanics and     or spelling      mechanic           mechanic           mechanic          and/or spelling
spelling          errors.          and/or spelling    and/or spelling    and/or spelling   errors.
                                   errors.            errors.            errors.
Correct           No major and     No major and       Several major      Few major and     Many major
sentence,         few if any       few minor          and a few minor    many minor        and minor
paragraph, and    minor            sentence,          sentence,          sentence,         sentence,
transition        sentence,        paragraph, or      paragraph, or      paragraph, or     paragraph, or
structure         paragraph, or    transition         transition         transition        transition
                  transition       errors.            errors.            errors.           errors.
                  errors.
Unbiased, non-    No instances     No major           Some minor         Major instance    Many instances
sexist,           of biased,       instances of       instances of       of biased,        of biased,
multicultural     sexist, or       biased, sexist,    biased, sexist,    sexist, or        sexist, or
awareness         inappropriate    or inappropriate   or inappropriate   inappropriate     inappropriate
                  cultural         cultural           cultural           cultural          cultural
                  comments.        comments.          comments.          comment.          comments.


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