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Professional Writing (ENC 3250) Syllabus

Professional Writing (ENC 3250) Syllabus

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Fall 2011
ENC 3250: Professional Writing
Course Theme: Social Media: Transforming Professional Communication Practices
PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 or ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
. This course is an introduction tothe techniques and types of professional writing, including correspondence and reports mostoften found in business, technical, and scientific communities.Professional and technical writing practices are increasingly becoming entrenched indigital environments. In order to work productively in workplace and academic settings,students and professionals must become intimately familiar with the digital rhetoricalsituations in which they are now placed. In light of such realities, this course focuses onteaching students the skills and concepts necessary to engage in digital professional writingcontexts while still maintaining a practical focus in course outcomes.
Instructor Information
Daniel RichardsDepartment of EnglishUniversity of South FloridaOffice Location: CPR 305Hours: W 10:00am-11:00am; 12:00pm-2:00pm; or, by appointment. Tel.: 863.272.9391Email: drichar3@mail.usf.edu
Course Objectives
Students will learn to communicate at work both orally and in writing through internal andexternalbusiness documents.Students will learn to compose online and print documents and images for workplacecontexts.Students will gather and disseminate information from primary and secondary sources inlinguistic and visual formats for non-academic contexts.
Readings
i) A subscription to
 
Professional Writing Online 3e
ii)
The Backchannel
iii) You'll also download PDFs from the course calendar to supplement our textbooks.
Materials
Buy a USB drive (aka flash drive, pen drive, jump drive) so that you can easily move filesback and forth between the classroom and home. Make sure it's at least 4 GB. You should beable to find one for under $20. You will download free trials of some programs to your owncomputer to make up for our software deficits in the lab. Most of our computers in the labare brand new. No food or drinks allowed.
Projects
Plan on spending a minimum of 2 hours outside of class doing work for every hour we spend
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Fall 2011
ENC 3250: Professional Writing
together. For a student taking 15 credit hours as recommended by most advisers, this 2:1ratio results in a 45 hour work week. So, in any given week, you'll have 2.5 hours of ENC3250 class meetings (1.25 X 2) and about 5 hours of homework for our class. That meansour class should account for at least 7.5 hrs of your week total. You'll receive credit for all of the work you do for our class, inside or outside, as long as yourfollow proper protocol for submission and submit your work on time. You'll have regular in-class writing to submit to dropboxes. You'll upload homework to dropboxes at least once aweek. These dropboxes are automated and will close at the appointed times. The boxes willnot re-open for any reason.Due dates for major projects will probably not change. Please see our calendar for the mostup-to-date schedule.Unit 1: Backgrounder Project (group): 25%, due October 5Unit 2: Blog for Small Non-Profit Organization (individual or group) : 25%, due November 2Unit 3: Employment Package (individual): 25%, due December 5In class work, homework, quizzes (individual or partnered, it's up to you): 25%
Grading Policy
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Attendance Policy
Students will be graded on attendance and participation. Much of our time together isdevoted to working in groups on projects. There is no way for you to "make up" missedassignments (including Labs) or quizzes. Asking me repeatedly to make up work will notchange this policy. The drop boxes for assignments, big and small, close when theassignments are due. They won't be reopened for any reason. Each class member is alloweda total of 3 absences without additional penalty beyond the missed coursework whichcannot be made up. Every absence after 3 will lower your final grade one full letter, even if you are absent for very good reasons (illness, death in the family, work, and so on).
Emergency Policy
In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations.During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods thatinclude but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/oran alternate schedule. It's the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site foreach class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and departmentWeb sites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.
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