Course description

From theĀ Writing Program:

WRT 307 will function as an advanced, pre-professional studio:

This course prepares students to function as writers in workplaces that are increasingly networked and transnational. It provides a space for students to focus on producing common workplace genres distinct from other offerings in the department. Students will engage in professional practices and learn to respond to challenges in a flexible manner.

Students will produce documents in user-centered workplace genres. Consideration of the workplace will be demonstrated through audience analyses and textbook discussions that are integral to the writing produced in the course.

Students will use rhetorical analysis and effective persuasion practices as central components of producing professional communication.

Students will learn and incorporate basic principles of working with multi-level documents, including information chunking, use of bullets, parallelism, etc.

Students will collaboratively produce and review work through multiple modes and contexts:

  • Print documents, informal and/or published
  • Digital documents, including networked and multimedia applications
  • Oral presentations supported by current slideshow techniques and technologies

Students will produce work that successfully demonstrates practical and design aspects of incorporating multimedia objects into print and digital texts and that comply with relevant intellectual property law.

Students will produce as the major product of this course a sustained, multiple-product group project that incorporates varied workplace genres (e.g., emails, status updates, proposals, reports, etc.) and technologies.

Students will produce an instructions assignment that incorporates audience assessment, a basic usability assessment and report, and multi-level document principles.

Students will take responsibility for their own learning through project planning, revision, deadline compliance, managing team dynamics, and seeking expertise when needed.

Students will collaborate responsibly and manage tasks concurrently.

Students will learn to critically consider and adapt to emerging technologies. The technologies incorporated in assignments should prepare students for those they will encounter in the workplace and should support distributed collaboration, print production, document design, and the intricacies of developing professional texts. Other applications should be incorporated as necessary to develop multimedia and digital products.

Students will learn to ethically consider themselves as global citizens working in transnational workplaces: issues of corporate conduct, intellectual property, usability, accessibility, and equality as a central part of the composing process.