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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENC6261
Tracking Number - 2227

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-05-10
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: CAS Appd 5/7/10; to GC 5/17/10; pending correction - learning outcomes info. Recd 6/30/10. To GC for review. More edits needed; pending 7/27/10. Recd 1/13/11. GC App 2/21/11. USF Syst 3/11/11. SCNS 3/17/11. Appr Eff 5/1/11. Subm 6266; Appr 6261.

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-10-23
  2. Department: English
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 122300
  5. Contact Person: Meredith Zoetewey
  6. Phone: 9740109
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ENC
  9. Number: 6261
  10. Full Title: Professional and Technical Communication
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Prof / Tech Communication
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: We`ll engage with Professional writing as a workplace practice, as a theoretical locus, as a historical object, a protean disciplinary endeavor that spans several departments, and a pedagogical practice.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course would be an elective for graduate studies in Rhetoric and Composition and would count towards the soon-to-be proposed Digitality certificate for non-R/C graduate students.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) • Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition

    • Demonstrated scholarly interest in Professional and Technical Writing (e.g. publications and presentations at national conferences)

    • Familiarity with emerging technologies used at work

  29. Objectives: We can study professional and technical communication from several positions:

    1. We are writers looking to solve writing problems.

    2. We are teachers and administrators looking to continue or challenge curricular traditions.

    3. We are workplace researchers looking to theorize our observations.

    4. We are academics looking to enter disciplinary discussions.

    My goals for you in this class are:

    1. you engage in any combination of these positions- writer/teacher/researcher/academic-or better yet, all of them.

    2. You research an issue of importance to PW administrators and take a stance on that issue.

    3. You work with un/familiar technologies to broaden and/or improve your technological literacy.

    4. You publish on a text of importance to the field.

    5. You extend your collaborative abilities.

    6. You connect theory and pedagogy.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to:

    Engage in any combination of these positions—writer/teacher/researcher/ academic—or better yet, all of them.

    Research an issue of importance to PW administrators and take a stance on that issue.

    Work with un/familiar technologies to broaden and/or improve your technological literacy.

    Publish on a text of importance to the field.

    Extend your collaborative abilities.

    Connect theory and pedagogy.

  31. Major Topics: General:


    Critical Lenses:

    1. Managing projects and context

    2. Workplace cultures

    3. Colloboration,service learning,civic engagement, & communities

    4. Home, work, and inbetween

    5. Ethics, PW, and the Law.

    6. Technology and work

    7. Situating PW within the academy

    8. Methodology and the study of writing at work

    9. Usability

    Pedagogy lenses

    1. Distance education

    2. curricular theory and practice

    Design lenses

    1. products and spaces

    2. Documents

  32. Textbooks: None. Coursepack only.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: A=90%-100%




    F=below 60%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Week 1: Introductions

    Week 2: Origins

    Week 3: Critical Lens: Managing Projects and Content

    Week 4: Pedagogy Lens: Distance Ed

    DUE: Complete manuscript of book review for workshopping

    Week 5: Critical Lens: Workplace Cultures

    DUE: Book Review

    Week 6: Pedagogy Lens: Curricular Theory and Practice

    DUE: Plan for Pedagogy Project

    Week 7: Critical Lens: Collaboration, Service Learning, Civic Engagement, & Communities

    Week 8: Critical Lens: Home, Work, and In-between

    Week 9: Design Lens: Products and Spaces

    Week 10: Critical Lens: Ethics, PW, and the Law

    Pedagogy Project Presentations

    DUE: Pedagogy Project

    Week 11: Design Lens: Documents

    Week 12: Critical Lens: Economies of Professional Writing

    Week 13: Critical Lens: Technology & Work

    Week 14: Critical Lens: Situating PW within the Academy

    DUE: Post CPTSC position paper n later than today

    Week 15: Critical Lens: Methodology and the Study of Writing at Work

    CPTSC-style sessions

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: No make-up work will be accepted.

    Students attending USF are awarded degrees in recognition of successful completion of coursework in their chosen fields of study. Each individual is expected to earn his/her degree on the basis of personal effort. Consequently, any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is also unacceptable. This cannot be tolerated in the University community and will be punishable, according to the seriousness of the offense, in conformity with this rule.

  38. Program This Course Supports: M.A. and Ph.D in Rhetoric Compositon
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Demonstrated scholarly interest in Professional and Technical Writing;

    Familiarity with emerging technologies used at work.

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