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 Thursdays 11:30 to 12:30 online
Phone 512-331-4946
E-mail msteinba@austincc.edu

1: Jan. 16-22
Introduction
Audience
  • Fill out the questionnaire. (Your information will be kept confidential.)
  • Write the personal memo to introduce yourself to your instructor and the rest of the class. (This memo will be password-protected; only our class can see these memos; ask your instructor for the password.) Due Jan. 22.
  • Read Course Objectives, Grading Plan, and Policies on course web page.
  • Read WFTG chapter one.
  • Complete the quiz on chapter one. Due Jan. 22.
  • Participate in the Class Overview online discussion. Time and date TBA.
  • Download the PowerPoint.
  • Complete the Rewrite Project for the Texas Department of State Health Services Regulatory Philosophy. Due Jan. 22.
2: Jan. 23-29
Professional Style
  • Read WFTG chapter two.
  • Participate in the Professional Style online discussion. Time and date TBA.
  • Download the PowerPoint.
  • Take the chapter two and Professional Style quiz. Due Jan. 29.
3: Jan. 30-Feb. 5
Ethics
Business Letter
Format
  • Participate in online discussion on Business Letter formats and Ethics. Time and date TBA.
  • Download the PowerPoint.
  • Read articles on the Purdue OWL Business Letters:
    • Writing the Basic Business Letter: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/653/1/
    • Sample letters: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/653/02/
  • 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 Ethics Writing Project. Due. Feb. 12.
4: Feb. 6-12
Plain Language I
Audience and Paragraphs
5: Feb. 13-19
Plain Language II
Sentences and Words
  • Participate in the online discussion on Plain Language. Time and date TBA.
  • Download the PowerPoint.
  • Complete the Plain Language Letter Revision Project. Due. Feb. 26.
6: Feb. 20-26
Admin. Agencies I
  • Read WFTG chapter three.
  • Participate in online discussion on Texas Administrative Agencies. Time and date TBA.
  • Download the PowerPoint.
7: Feb. 27 – Mar. 5
Admin. Agencies II
  • Participate in online discussion on Texas Administrative Agencies. Tues. 7:00 pm.
  • Download the PowerPoint.
  • Complete the quiz on chapter three and Administrative Agencies. Due Mar. 5.
  • Complete the Texas Register Project Part I. Due Mar. 12.
8: Mar. 6-12
Admin. Code I
9: Mar. 13-19
Spring Break
No Assignments

10: Mar. 20-26
Admin. Code II
11: Mar. 27 – Apr. 2 AirCheck Case Study
12: Apr. 3-9
Gov't Investigations
13: Apr. 10-16
Gov't Investigations II
14: Apr. 17-23
Guidance Documents
  • Read WFTG chapter four.
  • Participate in online discussion of Guidance Documents. Tues. 7:00 pm.
  • Download the PowerPoint.
  • Complete the Guidance Document Project. Due. Apr. 30.
15: Apr. 24-30
Public Policy Reports I
16: May 1-7
Public Policy Reports II
  • Participate in online discussion on Internal Policies and Procedures. Tues. 7:00 pm.
  • Complete the Legislative Report Exercise. Due May 7.
17: May 8-14
Portfolio Revision Project

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