Overview of Project 2: Analysis of Your Field

This is the post for the week of February 10, 2015 class meeting.

Many of you have already turned in your first project. If you are taking advantage of the grace period, you should have your work in my 11:55 PM February 16. This week, we move on to Project 2.

Readings for the week of February 10

For today’s session, please read the following:

Work for the week of February 10

  • Get started on your second project.
    • Think of your audience for this project as yourself, and your purpose is to learn about the characteristics of the kinds of writing you will typically do in the workplace. A year from now, if you were in the workplace, you should be able to come back to this analysis to remind yourself of the features to include in whatever you are writing.
    • Don’t panic if you find that you have an empty slot on your spreadsheet. If one of the columns is irrelevant for one of the documents you have listed, that is okay.
    • Likewise, if you cannot find an example of the document online to link to, that’s okay too.
    • Remember however that you need to account for those empty spaces in your reflection memo when you submit your project.
  • Go to Tests & Quizzes in Scholar, and complete the reading quizzes on Chapter 7 and Chapter 9 of Markel by 11:55 PM on Monday, February 16. See the policies for quizzes on the course logistics page.

Optional: Discussing the Example Memos

The example memos included on on the Project 2 assignment page were written by students who were analyzing a piece of technical writing in their field using the six characteristics of technical writing that are explained in Markel, Chapter 1. If you are aiming for an A, these memos are similar to what you need to write.

If you are aiming for an A on Project 2, this activity will help you with your writing:

  1. Read through the Example Analysis Memos. You don’t have to read every word, but look at them well enough to get a sense of how they work, what they do well, and what they could improve on.

  2. Go to the Discussion of Example Memos topic in the forums and weigh in on which of the examples seems more effective. You can quote someone else’s post or just start in on your own ideas. You will find some guiding questions in the forum post.