This page (still under construction) gives a brief overview of all assignments. You can get more detailed information about the assignments by clicking on each topic.


  1. Document Design Project (15%). Demonstrate understanding of design features, principles, and effective applications. See page 127, #1. 4 pages. Final version only (Sept. 4).

  2. Translation of a technical description (15%). Interpret and paraphrase a short document written in technical style so that a non-expert can understand it. Consult with your conference professor at a required planning meeting (Sept. 9-11). 3+ pages. Final version only (Sept. 18).

  3. Professional editing (15%). Demonstrate understanding of style, mechanics, and revision by editing brief documents. See pages 152-53, # 1, 2, and 3. 3+ pages. Final version only (Sept. 25).

  4. Instruction Manual (25%). Create a 5-7 page set of instructions for a non-expert user. Include a graphic aid. Topic (Sept. 25); draft (Oct. 9); final version (Oct.23).

  5. Problem description and annotated list of references (5%). See pages 322-33 for a discussion of the problem section of a proposal, and chapter 9 (pp. 248-54) for information on the APA format for the list of references. In a prefatory paragraph, describe the context you envision for this assignment (and the recommendation report that will be your next assignment). Describe your audience, your purpose, and your position within a company. Then, in a two-page memo, convince your audience that you are the appropriate worker to research and solve a specific problem. Use APA format for the bibliography. Cite at least five current articles (nothing older than two years). Consult with your conf. professor at a required planning meeting (Oct. 28-30). Final version only (Nov. 6).

  6. Recommendation report (25%). Using the problem statement and bibliography from your last assignment as a starting point, develop a medium-length report (5+ single-spaced pages in memo format with appropriate headings and visuals). Chapters 10 and 11 provide examples of recommendation reports. Pages 354-55, #5, 6, and 8, might give you some ideas for topics if you need them. Your goal: to convince a mixed audience that your proposed solution or improvement to a problem is the best one. Optional e-mail consultation or meetings with your conference professor (Nov. 11-13). Final version only (Nov. 20).

Note: You have the option to revise any one graded assignment (see Revision Policy below).


In the last part of this class, you may choose to revise and re-submit any one graded assignment for a higher grade. The revision will be due during the time normally set aside for the final exam for this class. You may not revise more than once. Attach the original graded work to the revision. Conference professors will not read work unless you can provide your original assignment with the original grade and comments. Your professor will generally average the grades for the original and the revision. If, for instance, you earned 80 points on your original document and 90 on the revision, the new grade would be an 85. Strong revisions will make improvements beyond the minimum suggested by the professor, and will improve the overall content, presentation, and style of the original.

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