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or business-related issue, evaluate and integrate at least six academic and/or professional sources to create a well-organized and documented 8-10 page report using the guidelines provided. Prepare a set of presentation slides to be used for a presentation of the project. Terminal Objective 1: Analyze the purposes and audiences reports, and contrast them to proposals Enabling Assessment Idea Absorb Activity Objectives Identify the uses 1) Quiz on Readings in for the following “purposes and Pfeiffer & Adkins analytical reports: audiences” Technical recommendation, 2) Discussion Communication: problem analyses, forum A Practical and feasibility Approach studies. Weekly lecture written by SME Review of real world report for recommendation and analytical Do Activity Case study /discussion forum: Ask students to locate one type of report or document related to their career field from a list provided and answer questions about its effectiveness. This could be in the form of a virtual field trip or instructor led study via the discussion forums (could be a connect activity as well) Quiz Quiz Research activity (discussion forum): Ask students to locate a sample of either a solicited or unsolicited report and answer questions about its effectiveness, etc. (do and connect) Connect Activity
Explain the differences between solicited and unsolicited proposals and when a recommendation report should be used instead of a proposal
1) Discussion forum 2) Quiz on purposes and audiences (same as above)
Readings in Pfeiffer & Adkins Technical Communication: A Practical Approach Weekly lecture written by SME “Virtual” field trip via internet sites provided to review various reports and proposals
Terminal Objective 2: Create the content organization and sections in a formal recommendation report Enabling Assessment Idea Absorb Activity Do Activity Connect
Objectives Create an outline using a pre-writing technique, such as brainstorming or mind-mapping (diagramming, clustering).
1) Create an outline for course project – submit to dropbox 2) Discussion forum.
Readings in Pfeiffer & Adkins Technical Communication: A Practical Approach Weekly lecture written by SME Review of sample outline provided.
Puzzle: Unscramble provided words/phrases and organize into outline format. Discussion forum: discuss prewriting techniques and apply to real world scenarios (do and connect)
Activity Create outline of course project.
Write an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and recommendations sections of a recommendation report using analytical data to evaluate, in the organizational format explained in the textbook.
1) Develop and write course project – written in stages.
Readings in Pfeiffer & Adkins Technical Communication: A Practical Approach Weekly lecture written by SME Review of sample report provided. Review/participate in instructor or SME led interactive webinar on course project Readings in Pfeiffer & Adkins Technical Communication: A Practical Approach Weekly lecture written by SME
Produce final project report
Explain the importance of an executive summary and what it should contain.
1) Discussion forum 2) Write the executive summary for course project.
Use various editing and revising techniques to make revisions in the course project based on peer and instructor reviews.
1) Discussion forums 2) Peer review of course project before final project submission. 3) Edit and Format Sample AssignmentFormat a provided block of information using the
Readings in Pfeiffer & Adkins Technical Communication: A Practical Approach
Discussion forum: Locate an executive summary and answer questions about its effectiveness, etc. (do and connect) Format a provided block of information using the various design elements. Discussion forum: editing techniques
Write the executive summary for the course project
Peer review activity: have students review another student’s rough draft course project and provide feedback.
various design elements. Terminal Objective 3: Choose quality academic and professional resources/references and incorporate them within a formal recommendation report using correct APA documentation style Enabling Assessment Idea Absorb Activity Do Activity Connect Activity Objectives Using library 1) Create an Review Link to Create an Incorporate resources, secure annotated Owl at Purdue site annotated research and evaluate bibliography for – section on bibliography for findings into relevant course project annotated course project final course information from using correct APA bibliography using correct project. books, journals, fomat. APA format. (do White Papers, and 2) Discussion Review University and connect) periodicals and forum. provided create a list of multimedia Discussion sources using APA presentation on forum: locating documentation library resources credible sources style. and APA and plagiarism formatting. issues. Using secondary sources or workplace, campus and/or online contacts, find and interview subject matter experts or other qualified people with relevant information and views on the report topic Use correct APA documentation style both in-text and on a References page 1) interview a SME related to course project topic, and use provided form to gather interview responses. Review YouTube videos of effective interviewing techniques. Weekly lecture written by SME Interview a subject matter expert on course project topic. Incorporate SME interview into final course project.
1) Use correct APA documentation in all written assignments (this is part of the grading rubric for most written assignments). 2) A quiz on APA format.
Readings in Pfeiffer & Adkins Technical Communication: A Practical Approach Review of APA “cheat sheet” in doc sharing
Create an annotated bibliography for course project using correct APA format. (both do and connect) quiz
Terminal Objective 4: Incorporate appropriate visual, spatial and textual design strategies to improve comprehension and visual appeal in a formal report. Enabling Assessment Idea Absorb Activity Do Activity Objectives Successfully 1) Edit and Readings in Pfeiffer Assignment: incorporate the Format Sample & Adkins Technical Format a use of color, AssignmentCommunication: A provided block of white space, Format a Practical Approach information using
elements and Connect Activity Format final course project using visual, special and
headings and subheadings, bulleted and numbered lists, and the placement of visual aids in a professional report
provided block of information using the various design elements. 2) Incorporate these elements in the course project. The final project grading rubric includes these elements 1) Discussion forum. 2) Requirement to use visuals in the course project.
Weekly lecture written by SME Review/participate in instructor or SME led interactive webinar on report formatting
the various design elements.
textual design elements.
Describe the difference between meaningful visuals and design element visuals and provide several examples of each.
Readings in Pfeiffer & Adkins Technical Communication: A Practical Approach Review/participate in instructor or SME led interactive webinar on visuals
Locate or review slideshows or websites with various forms of visuals and discuss the effectiveness of each. (do and connect)
Incorporate two meaningful visuals into final course project.
Terminal Objective 5: Create an effective PowerPoint slideshow of approximately 10-12 slides using guidelines provided in the text and industry standard recommendations. (note: knowing how to use PowerPoint is a pre-requisite for the class) Enabling Assessment Idea Absorb Activity Do Activity Connect Objectives Activity 1) Discussion Readings in Watch several Create narrated Describe the forum Pfeiffer & Adkins presentations on PP slideshow for basic principles 2) Presentation Technical YouTube and final project. for the (either narrated or Communication: A comment on successful in person) Practical Approach various aspects in creation and the discussion presentation of Weekly lecture forum. (do and an informative written by SME connect) presentation. Identify the main principles of effective PowerPoint slide design including the use of templates and visuals and explain how/why these principles are important. 2) Assignment: “Find the Flaws” students are provided a set of slides and asked to identify the principle(s) broken in each slide and then explain how/why these mistakes/problems interfere with the effectiveness of Readings in Pfeiffer & Adkins Technical Communication: A Practical Approach YouTube video – Don McMillian corporate comedian show on PowerPoint problems “Find the Flaws” students are provided a set of slides and asked to identify the principle(s) broken in each slide and then explain how/why these mistakes/problems interfere with the effectiveness of the slideshow. Create narrated PP slideshow for final project. Discussion forum: PowerPoint design principles, locate examples, good or bad (do and connect)
the slideshow. 2) Discussion forum.
Review/participate in instructor or SME led interactive webinar on PowerPoint design.
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