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Course Syllabus
Instructor: Clayton Benjamin

Term:

Office:

CNH 340-b

Class Meeting
Days:

Phone:

TBA

Class Meeting Web


Hours:

E-Mail:

claytonbenjamin@knights.ucf.edu

Class Location: Web

Website:

Webcourses

Office
Hours:

Online Mon and Wed 12:30 2:30

I.

Spring 2013

Welcome!

Welcome to ENC 3250!

II.

University Course Catalog Description

Profesional Writingl: PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better in ENC 1102, junior standing, or
C.I. Writing effective correspondence, memos, proposals, and informal and formal reports. Fall, Spring.

III.

Course Overview

This course will introduce you to professional writing practices, including professional communication, document design, and oral presentations. You will be assigned
multiple writing assignments and we will explore what it means to write in a professional setting, how to be clear, concise and accurate, and how the platform we write
for affects your writing and the purpose of that writing. You will practice writing to develop, refine, and communicate ideas in a professional context. You should expect
to write formally and informally; produce drafts; read and respond to each others drafts; and revise, edit, and proofread.

IV.

Course Objectives

The primary goal of this course is to strengthen core communication skills to be used in business, technical, and other professional types of communication. After
completing this course, students should feel comfortable crafting job application letters and resumes and other professional materials by analyzing their audiences
needs. Additionally, students should be able to identify design and information issues, and be able to correct them. Students will also gain experience working on
large written projects by completing a final project in the form of an in-depth proposal.

V.

Course Prerequisites

The prerequisite of this course is a grade of C or better in ENC 1102. Additionally, it is required that all students come to class with an open mind, as this class is set
up as a writing workshop to foster collaborative learning. Rarely is writing done for the author, and such is true in this class, it is done for an audience.

VI.

Course Credits

3 credits

VII.

Required Texts and Materials

Draga, Sam and Tebeaux. The Essentials of Technical Communication 2nd Ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010.

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(http://www.amazon.com/Essentials-Technical-Communication-Elizabeth-Tebeaux/dp/0199890781)

Williams, Joseph and Colomb. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace 10th Ed. Pearson Education Inc., 2010.

(http://www.amazon.com/Style-Lessons-Clarity-Grace-Edition/dp/0205747469/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357275048&sr=1-1-fkmr0&

keywords=Williams%2C+Joseph+and+Colomb.+Style%3A+Lessons+in+Clarity+and+Grace+10th+Ed.+Pearson+Education+Inc.%2C+2010.)

VIII.

Supplementary (Optional) Texts and Materials

OWL Purdue

IX.

(http://owl.english.purdue.edu/)

Grade Dissemination

All grades will be posted through Canvas. You may receive feedback in a variety of ways: track changes in MS word, revisions in Google Docs, or voice recordings
through Canvas.

X.

Course Policies: Grades

Late Work Policy: There are no make-ups for in-class writing, quizzes, the midterm, or the final exam. Projects turned in late will be assessed a penalty: one full
letter grade per each day it is late. Any assignment more than 4 days late will receive no credit.
Extra Credit Policy: I will offer one extra-credit option for this course. Extra-credit is not point based, but, if you are stuck between full letter grade and a + or -, you
will be awarded the higher of the two. To learn more about extra credit, you must arrange an online meeting with me. I am open to Skype, Gchat, or through Canvas.
Grades of "Incomplete": The current university policy concerning incomplete grades will be followed in this course. Incomplete grades are given only in situations
where unexpected emergencies prevent a student from completing the course and the remaining work can be completed the next semester. Your instructor is the final
authority on whether you qualify for an incomplete. Incomplete work must be finished by the end of the subsequent semester or the I will automatically be recorded
as an F on your transcript.
Rewrite Policy: Rewrites are not optional; they are required on all drafts. However, because we will spend significant time in class on revising and drafting, final
drafts are final, and rewrites will not be allowed.
Group Work Policy: You will sign up for groups for the entire semester. As the workforce goes global, learning how to cooperate and manage projects online and at
distances is an important skill to develop. Therefore, you will be required to work with your group for the entire semester. You may sign up for groups on this Google
Doc. From there, I will set up collaborations for you within Canvas with your group members. You should expect to collaborate with one another on a weekly basis.
During the second week, you will create a memo stating which day/days you plan on meeting each week. Please note: all assignments (even those performed
individually) will require peer review. Non-peer reviewed work will not be accepted. It is my belief that Tuesdays/Wednesdays are a good day to set up a time for
online meeting with your peers.

XI.

Course Policies: Technology and Media

Email: I check email at least once in the morning and once in the afternoon. I will do my best to respond to all email inquiries within a 24-hour turn around. However,
there are times when this may not be possible. There is no guarantee that email received by the professor the day before/day of/or night before an assignment is due
will be answered.
Canvas: All materials (besides the required text books) will be delivered through Canvas. You should have access to the course modules, course materials, the

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syllabus, quizzes, and assignments through Canvas. If you are having problems with Canvas please consult the student guide located at
http://guides.instructure.com/m/4212 (http://guides.instructure.com/m/4212) and the technology discussion (https://webcourses.ucf.edu/courses/953344
/discussion_topics/1693284) post. Many times your peers are your best resources.

Technology: This course will ask you to participate in some different technologies. These will include: Google Docs
your Knights Email account to create your Google Doc account)
download either the Google Chrome
utm_medium=ha) or Mozilla Firefox

(http://www.docs.google.com) (please use

(http://www.docs.google.com) , Microsoft Word, and Canvas. It is highly recommended that you

(https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/?&brand=CHMA&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-bk&
(http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/) web browser. Sometimes Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera have issues with

running Canvas. Once again, should you have questions about how to use these tools, please consult their user guides or post in the technology discussion post. I
will do my best to address technology issues in the technology discussion post.
Classroom Devices: There should be no need for clickers, cell phones, calculators, or other extraneous technologies in this class.

XII.

Course Policies: Student Expectations

Disability Access: The University of Central Florida is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. This syllabus is available
in alternate formats upon request. Students with disabilities who need accommodations in this course must contact the professor at the beginning of the semester to
discuss needed accommodations. No accommodations will be provided until the student has met with the professor to request accommodations. Students who need
accommodations must be registered with Student Disability Services, Student Resource Center Room 132, phone (407) 823-2371, TTY/TDD only phone (407)
823-2116, before requesting accommodations from the professor.
Attendance Policy: Because this is an online writing workshop, your participation is at the utmost importance. Should you choose not to participate, your grade will
be severely affected. Please be mindful of the due dates and communicate with your group members ahead of time to arrange which days you plan to have work
submitted to one another, and when you plan to have that work peer reviewed. Work which has not been peer reviewed will not be accepted.
Professionalism Policy: You are expected to fulfill all requirements of the course. Should you have concerns, please send me a message through Canvas and I will
address them as best as possible. Please keep in mind that online communication frequently lacks the facial and tone expressions as permitted by face-to-face
communication. It may be best to meet with me or others in the course in person to address any serious issues that arise. Please be mindful, respectful, and
courteous to one another. Also, though emoticons, explanation marks, and ALL CAPS may be effective in communicating your ideas, please use them sparingly and
for mature rhetorical purposes :)
Academic Conduct Policy: Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. If you are uncertain as to what constitutes academic dishonesty, please consult
The Golden Rule, the University of Central Florida's Student Handbook (http://www.goldenrule.sdes.ucf.edu/) for further details. As in all University courses, The
Golden Rule Rules of Conduct will be applied. Violations of these rules will result in a record of the infraction being placed in your file and receiving a zero on the
work in question AT A MINIMUM. At the instructors discretion, you may also receive a failing grade for the course. Confirmation of such incidents can also result in
expulsion from the University.
University Writing Center: The University Writing Center (UWC) is a free resource for UCF undergraduates and graduates. At the UWC, a trained writing consultant
will work individually with you on anything you're writing (in or out of class), at any point in the writing process from brainstorming to editing. Appointments are
recommended, but not required. For more information or to make an appointment, visit the UWC website at http://www.uwc.ucf.edu, stop by MOD 608, or call
407.823.2197.

XIII.

Important Dates to Remember

All the dates and assignments are tentative, and can be changed at the discretion of the professor.
Last Day to Drop/Swap Deadline on myUCF (https://my.ucf.edu) :
Spring Break:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013 - Friday, March 5, 2013

Grade Forgiveness Deadline on myUCF (https://my.ucf.edu) :

Monday, March 11, 2013

Final Examination Period (http://registrar.sdes.ucf.edu/calendar/exam/2013/spring/)


Thanksgiving Break

XIV.

April 24 - 30, 2013

November 24-26, 2011

Basis for Final Grade And Grade Distribution

Assessment

Percent of Final
Grade

Quizzes

10%

Discussion Postings

5%

Resume

10%

Cover Letter

10%

Jamie's Email

5%

Instruction Project

15%

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MS Word Practice

5%

Proposal

15%

Powerpoint or Prezi

5%

Abstract

5%

Group Grade

10%

Group Memo

5%

Grading Scale:
Grading Scale (%)
94-100

90-93

A-

87-89

B+

84-86

80-83

B-

77-79

C+

74-76

70-73

C-

67-69

D+

64-66

60-63

D-

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Module

Week 1: Introductions, Syllabus, Protocols, Groups


Welcome
Instructor Introduction
Introductions

Jan 9, 2013 5 pts

Support
Learning Online
Service Desk
Syllabus and Protocols
Syllabus
Protocols
Syllabus and Protocols Quiz

Jan 11, 2013 10 pts

Course Overview
Course Overview
Essentails Chapter 1 & 2 - Analyzing the Situation
Rhetorical Situation
ETC Chapter 1 & 2 Quiz

Jan 18, 2013 10 pts

Groups
Group Sign Up Sheet

Week 2: Group Memo, Rhetorical Situation, Clarity Ch. 1


Lecture
Introduction to Week 2
Announcement Sunday, January 13th
Google Docs
Collaborating In Google Docs
YouTube Video Tutorials for Google Docs
Google Docs Written Help
Google Drive Help
Groups and Canvas Collaborations
YouTube Video Explaining Groups

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Canvas Groups
Canvas Collaborations
Add Google Docs to Canvas Account
ETC Chapter 7
OWL Memo Module - go through all four pages (note: OWL always connects you to their site, so you
Rhetorical Situation, ETC Quiz Ch. 7

Jan 18, 2013 10 pts

Style
Style Ch. 1 Quiz

Jan 18, 2013 10 pts

Homework Assignment
Group Memo Assignment
Group Memo

Prerequisites:

Jan 18, 2013 5 pts

Week 1: Introductions, Syllabus, Protocols, Groups

Week 3: Resumes
Lectures
UCF Career Services Resume Workshop
OWL Purdue Resume Information
Resume Example
Resume Example: Read the Comments in the Right Margin!!!
Resume & ETC Ch. 12 Quiz

Jan 25, 2013 10 pts

Homework Assignment
Resume Assignment Instructions
Post The URL to Your Google Doc Here By Friday, January 25th
Discussion
Post Your Jobs Here

Jan 25, 2013 10 pts

Style
Style Ch. 2 Quiz

Prerequisites:

Week 2: Group Memo, Rhetorical Situation, Clarity Ch. 1

Jan 27, 2013 10 pts

Week 1: Introductions, Syllabus, Protocols, Groups

Week 4: Cover Letters


Introduction
Week 4 Introduction

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Lecture
UCF Career Services Cover Letters Workshop
Owl Purdue Cover Letter Module
Cover Letter Example
Cover Letter Quiz

Feb 1, 2013 10 pts

Homework
Cover Letter Assignment
Post the URL to Your Cover Letter Google Doc Here by Wednesday, January 30th
Style
Style Ch. 3 Quiz

Prerequisites:

Feb 1, 2013 10 pts

Week 3: Resumes

Week 5: Professional Development


Introduction
Week 5 Introduction
Lecture
Gaining Experience & Networking Slideshow
Student Groups At UCF
UCF Student Organization Database
Prefessional Societies
Discussion
Research A Student Group, Volunteer Position, or Professional Society

Feb 8, 2013 10 pts

Quiz
Style Ch. 4 Quiz

Feb 8, 2013 10 pts

Assignment Submissions
Resume

Feb 8, 2013 10 pts

Cover Letter

Feb 8, 2013 10 pts

Week 6: Email
Introduction
Week Six Introduction
HTML Tag List

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HTML Basics
Quizzes
ETC Ch. 7 Quiz

Feb 15, 2013 10 pts

Style Ch. 5 Quiz

Feb 15, 2013 10 pts

Homework
Jamie's Email

Week 7: Doc Design


Introduction
Week Seven Introduction
Lecture
Document Design PPT & Color PPT
Parallel Structure 1 (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/644/1/)
Parallel Structure 2 (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/01/)
OWL Purdue, HATS
Why Color Matters
Quizzes
Style Ch. 6 Quiz

Feb 22, 2013 10 pts

ETC Ch. 5 Quiz

Feb 22, 2013 10 pts

Homework
Color Assignment

Feb 22, 2013 10 pts

Week 8: Instruction Project


This Week's Introduction
Week 8 Introduction
Lecture
Usability Lectures
Jacob Neilsen's 10 Usability Heuristics
Instruction Manual Project
InstructionManualInstructions.pdf
Instruction Project Quiz

Mar 3, 2013 10 pts

Q i

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Style Ch. 7 Quiz

Mar 3, 2013 10 pts

ETC Ch. 6 Quiz

Mar 3, 2013 10 pts

Prior Student User Manual Examples


rogers_richard_instruction_3241.pdf
Instruction Manual Example PPT
How to Install a Firefox Addon.pdf
yassen_oumaima_instruction_3241.zip
Online Tools For Writing Manuals
Wix A Flash/Html Cloud Based Website Builder
Prezi-PowerPoint on Crack
WordPress
Google Sites

Spring Break

Week 9: Feedback
Introduction
Week 9 Introduction
Instruction Project Turn In
Instruction Project

Mar 15, 2013 100 pts

Usability Report

Mar 15, 2013 5 pts

Quizzes
Class Feedback Survey

Mar 15, 2013 10 pts

Week 10: Technical Reports & Microsoft Word


Introduction and Checklist
Week 10 Introduction
Week10ChecklistForSuccess.docx
Feedback Results
Feedback Results and Instructor Response
Class Feedback Survey Statistics.pdf

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ETC Chapter 8
Chapter 8 Technical Reports PowerPoint
ETC Ch. 8 Quiz

Mar 24, 2013 10 pts

Microsoft Word Project


Microsoft Tutorial on Styles
Reformatting-Instructions.docx
Microsoft Styles YouTube Instructional Videos
ReportReformat.doc
How Do I Do What? in Microsoft Word?
Extra-Credit Style Quiz
Style Chapter 9 Extra-Credit Quiz

Mar 24, 2013 10 pts

Week 11: Proposals


Introduction
Week11ChecklistForSuccess.docx
Due Friday, March 29th
Microsoft Word Practice

Multiple Due Dates 5 pts

Due Sunday, March 31st


ETC Ch. 9 Quiz

Mar 31, 2013 10 pts

Style Chapter 10 Extra Credit Quiz

Mar 31, 2013 10 pts

Week 12: Abstracts


Introduction
Week 12 Introduction
Proposal Assignment
proposal_instructions_spring13.doc
Discussion
Website We'll Research

Apr 7, 2013 10 pts

Quizzes
Abstract Quiz

Apr 7, 2013 5 pts

Style Chapter 11 Extra Credit Quiz

Apr 7, 2013 7 pts

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Week 13: Work Week


Work Week Introduction

Week 14: Proposals Due


Introduction Week 14
Proposal Examples
Example_ResearchProposal_CBEDIT.docx.pdf
example3.proposal_CBEDIT.pdf
example4.proposal_CBEDIT.pdf

Week 15: Group Evals & Teacher Eval


Introduction
Introduction: Final's Week
Group Evaluations
Goup_Evaluations.docx
Group Evaluations

Apr 24, 2013 10 pts

Final Project Deliverables


Abstract

Apr 24, 2013 5 pts

Proposal

Apr 24, 2013 150 pts

Google Doc Presentations

Apr 24, 2013 5 pts

Style Chapter 12 Extra-Credit Quiz


Chapter 12: Extra-Credit Quiz

Apr 24, 2013 10 pts

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