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.

See the Course Calendar for a calendar-style view of semester due dates.

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

Week Assignments
1
Jan. 18 - 22
Introduction
Audience
2
Jan. 23 - 29
Style and Decorum in Professional Writing
3
Jan. 30 - Feb. 5
Ethics
Citizen Reponse
Letter Project
4
Feb. 6 - 12
Admin. Agencies
Texas Register
Project
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  • 5
    Feb. 13 - 19
    Researching
    Agency Rules
    • Submit your public comment to the Texas Register. Turn in a copy of your submission. Due Feb. 19.
    • Participate in online discussion on finding and citing agency rules.
    • Download a PDF of the powerpoint.
    • Complete the individual exericse on finding and citing rules. Due. Feb. 19.
    6
    Feb. 20 - 27
    Applying Agency
    Rules
    AirCheck Case Study
    7
    Feb. 27 - Mar. 5
    Public Handbooks
    Guidance
    Documents
    8
    Mar. 6 - 12
    Public Policy
    Reports
    9
    Mar. 13 - 19
    Spring Break
    No Assignments
    10
    Mar. 20 - 26
    Contested Case Proceedings and SOAH
    11
    Mar. 27 - Apr. 2
    Regulated Industry Project
    12
    Apr. 3 - 9
    Continue Regulated Industry Project
    Overview of State Agencies
    13
    Apr. 10 - 16
    Federal Agencies
    14
    Apr. 17 - 23
    The Public
    15
    Apr. 24 - 30
    Vet Board Case Study
    16
    May 1 - 7
    Finish Vet Board Case Study
    Final Quiz
    Evaluation