State Capitol, Austin, Texas
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ETWR 1378: Administrative Policy Writing focuses on writing clear, succinct, unambiguous policy for government and business organizations. The course includes the study, critique, planning, writing, and revising guidance documents, correspondence with the public and regulated entities, inspection reports, and policy-procedure documents commonly developed in government and business agencies; as well as a survey of existing standards and guidelines for the preparation of these documents. The course will also provide an overview of the agency rule-making process and application of agency rules in case studies. During the course, guest speakers will address these issues in terms of strategies, audience, contents, organization, format, and style.

Note: You must use Internet Explorer for the web versions of the Powerpoint slide shows. In the web version, click Slide Show to view full screen, and right-click to go forwards and backwards in the slide show.

Semester/year Spring 2011
Instructor Mark Steinbach
Class meetings Online-only class
Office & hours TBA
Phone TBA
E-mail TBA

Week of January 17

Topics
Introduction
Audience

Watch and listen to the Course overviewdue Jan. 22
Read about the course: a description, its objectives, policies, and grading plan — due Jan. 22
Fill out the questionnaire (your information will be kept confidential). — due Jan. 22
Write the personal memo to introduce yourself to your instructor and the rest of the class (your information will be accessible only by members of this class). — due Jan. 22
Read WFTG Ch. 1 and take the quiz — due Jan. 22

Complete the Rewrite Project for the Texas Department of State Health Services Regulatory Philosophy for an audience of middle-school-aged children. ― due Jan. 22


Week of January 24

Topics
Style
Decorum

Read WFTG Ch. 2 and take the quiz. Due Jan. 29.
Participate in online discussion on professional style. Date and time TBA.
Download and review the Powerpoint on professional style (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Take the quiz on professional style. Due Jan. 29.


Week of January 31

Topics
Ethics
Bisiness letter format

Participate in the online discussion of business letter formats and ethics. Time and date TBA.
Download and review the Powerpoint on business letter formats and ethics (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Read articles on the Purdue OWL Business Letters:

Read Texas Ethics Commission Guide to Ethics Laws for State Officers and Employees Parts I, II, and III: http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/pamphlet/G08o&e.htm
Complete the correspondence ethics individual project. Due. Feb. 5.


Week of February 7

Topics
Plain language I
Audience
Paragraphs

Participate in the online discussion of plain language. Time TBA.
Download and review the Powerpoint on plain language (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Download the Federal Guidelines to Plain Language: http://www.plainlanguage.gov/howto/guidelines/bigdoc/fullbigdoc.pdf
Read Chapters I and III(a), (b), and (c).
Complete the plain Language exerciseI. Due Feb. 12.


Week of February 14

Topics
Plain language II
Sentences & words

Participate in the online discussion of plain language. Time TBA.
Download and review the Powerpoint on plain language (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Complete the Plain Language Letter Revision Project. Due Feb. 19.


Week of February 21

Topics
Admin. agencies I

Read WFTG chapter 3.
Participate in the online discussion of Texas Administrative Agencies. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on administrative agencies (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Take the quiz on administrative agencies. Due Feb. 12.
Complete the Texas Register Project Part I. Due Feb. 26.


Week of February 28

Topics
Admin. agencies II

Participate in the online discussion of Texas Administrative Agencies. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on administrative agencies (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Take the quiz on WFTG Ch. 3.
Take the quiz on administrative agencies. Due Feb. 12.
Complete the Texas Register Project Part II. Due Mar. 5.


Week of March 7

Topics
Admin. code I

Participate in the online discussion of the Texas Administrative Code. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on the administrative code (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Complete the Citation Exercise. Due Mar. 12.


Week of March 21

Topics
Admin. code II

Participate in the online discussion of the Texas Administrative Code. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on the administrative code (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Complete the Rule Application Exercise. Due Mar. 26.


Week of March 28

Topics
AirCheck Case

Participate in the online discussion of the AirCheck Case Study. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on the AirCheck Case Study (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Complete the AirCheck Case Study. Due Apr. 2.


Week of April 4

Topics
Govt. investigations

Participate in the online discussion of government investigations. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on government investigations (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Complete the Investigation Project. Due Apr. 9.


Week of April 11

Topics
Guidance documents

Read WFTG Ch. 4 and take the quiz — due Apr. 16

Participate in the online discussion of guidance documents. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on guidance documents (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Take the quiz on guidance documents. Due Apr. 16.
Complete the Guidance Document Project. Due Apr. 16.


Week of April 18

Topics
SOAH

Participate in the online discussion on State Offce of Administrative Hearings. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on State Offce of Administrative Hearings (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Read the "About SOAH" page: http://www.soah.state.tx.us/about-us/index.asp
Read the "Types of Cases Handled" page: http://www.soah.state.tx.us/about-us/SOAHteams.asp
Take the quiz on SOAH. Due Apr. 23.
EXTRA CREDIT: Complete the . Due. May 7.


Week of April 25

Topics
Internal policies and procedures

Read WFTG Ch. ? and take the quiz — due Apr. 30
Participate in the online discussion on internal policies and procedures. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on internal policies and procedures (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).


Week of May 2

Topics
Major state & federal agencies
Final project start-up

Participate in the online discussion on major state and federal agencies. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on major state and federal agencies (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Take the quiz on major state and federal agencies— due May 7
Select one of the these two final projects:

Complete Part I of the Vet Board or the Policies and Procedures Project. Due May 7.

Week of May 9

Topics
Public Information Act
Final project finish-up

Participate in the online discussion on Public Information Act. Time TBA.
Download and review the PowerPoint on Public Information Act (or view it here using Internet Explorer and allowing blocked content).
Take the fnal quiz. Due May 14.
Complete the informal course evaluation. Due May 14.
Complete Part II of the Vet Board Project or Policies and Procedures Project. Due May 14.