course description and objectives
This course is designed to give you rhetorical training and experience in professional communication technologies. Specifically, you will use html editors, word processors, document design software, and graphic manipulation software to create electronic, web-based portfolios of your work. Along the way, we will think about the processes we learn and the documents that we produce in this class as being both technical documents as well as persuasive arguments with a specific audience, purpose, and application in mind. This course is designed to address the following objectives of the professional and technical writing emphasis area within the English Department:
Perhaps more specifically, upon completing this course, you should be able to
In this particular course, we will be studying and producing web portfolios. These will be electronic collections of your work for the course (and some outside of it) that are connected by a common interface and hyperlinked to one another. These documents will represent your professional persona and your work to the class and, eventually, to possible employers. We will discuss appropriate design strategies, learn how to create web pages and electronic documents in several formats, and demonstrate this learning through working electronic portfolios.
Individually, you will be responsible for attending all classes and for completing all assigned readings and all written assignments, including a group project; a proposal, and an operational web portfolio, either on-line or burned onto a CD.