Writing Project Management

Course Details

Course Number: 4203  Section Number: X20

Spring 2012

Location: Bea Wood Hall

Classroom Number: Online

Days & Times:

Blackboard chat, T, 6:00 -7:15 p.m.

 



Course Attachments

ENGL 4203 Syllabus and Schedule of Assignments  ENGL_4203 WritingProjMangSyl sp12.pdf

Textbooks

Information Development:
Hackos, Jo Ann T. Information Development: Managing Your Documentation Projects, Portfolio, and People. Indianapolis, Indiana: Wiley, 2007.
  ISBN: 978-0-471-77711-3

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Sally Henschel   
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Course Objectives

 

ENGL 4203: Writing Project Management introduces students to the critical skills and tasks of writing project management across a wide range of professions and industries. As a member of a collaborative team, each student participates in planning, scheduling, coordinating, developing, and completing a documentation project for an academic or off-campus customer. The course prepares students for the rhetorical situations and challenges they will face in the workplace.

Course Expectations

 

Team deliverables (weight)
  1. Team project-management wiki: documentation of all phases of information development cycle (10%)
  2. Information-development plan (10%)
  3. Project deliverables (20%)
  4. Project final report (15%)

Total  = 55%

Individual deliverables (Weight)

  1. Course portfolio wiki (5 %)
  2. Discussion board posts (10% ; 3 posts, 1 worth 5 points; 2 worth 2.5 points each)
  3. Progress report (10%)
  4. Final essay assignment (20%: annotated bibliography 5, first draft 5, final draft 10)
Total = 45%
 
Course Total = 100

Grading Standards

 

100 - 90% — A
89 - 80% — B
79 - 70% — C
69 - 60% — D
< 60% — F

Final Exam5/8/2012  6:00 p.m.

Submission Format Policy

See attached syllabus and schedule.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are required to attend weekly synchronous class meetings on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. (CST). The class sessions will be conducted using the Midwestern State University Blackboard course management chat application and Skype. Any student who fails to interact with an instructor via class attendance, telephone, email, or in person during any two-week period of the term may be subject to administrative withdrawal from the course by the instructor.


Other Policies

See attached syllabus and schedule of assignments.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.