Weekly Schedule
May 28
June 4
June 11
June 18
June 25
July 2
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30
Aug. 6

Course Overview

This is your independent-study course which you are taking via ETWR 2472. You will have official credit for ETWR 2472, but don't even think about using it to get work involving FrameMaker! Your course will include (a) reports, (b) book reviews, (c) speech analyses, (d) literature reviews, (e) journal articles, and (f) reviews of journal articles.

I will turn in a final grade based on the average of the highest revision grade for each assignment. You are welcome to revise as much as practical, within the beginning and ending dates of this course.

Semester/year Summer 2007
Instructor David A. McMurrey
Class meetings Office hours and by appointment
Office Northridge 4225
Office hours Tues/Thurs. 10:00-2:00, and by apptmt. (Always call before driving all the way out to Northridge Campus.)
Phone 512-223-4804
E-mail hcexres@prismnet.com

Week of May 28

Literature reviews

Readings: Writing literature reviews. David A. McMurrey
How to Research, Write, and Survive a Literature Review. Hilton Obenzinger of Stanford University
Model literature review
Activities: Write a literature review of some reasonably narrowed topic: for example, not "global warming" but something like "North Pole melting studies." Use the format shown in the model literature review. Use the guidelines for the content, organization, documentation style, and format of literature review presented in the readings. due— June 10

Week of June 4

Literature reviews—continued.

Activities: Literature review due— June 10

Week of June 11

Journal-article reviews

Readings: Example reporting form
Model journal-article review 1
Model journal-article review 2
Activities: Find a journal article in field to review. Review using categories similar to those you see in the model journal-article review. Review the article in areas such as title, abstract, keywords, introduction, literature review, methods/materials, data, findings/conclusions, recommendations, tables, figures, content, organization, logic, support, clarity, format, timeliness, etc. due— June 24

Week of June 18

Journal-article reviews—continued

Activities: Journal-article review due— June 24

Week of June 25

Journal articles

Readings: I do not have specific readings for this assignment. Common basic writing issues will all be important: introduction, conclusion, content, organization, transitions, logic, support, clarity.
Activities: Write a scholarly article typical field. see the free examples at Political Science Quarterly. Use headings and subheadings and whichever documentaton style is required by the journal. Write the article as if you are going to submit it for publication in a specific journal. Follow the submission guidelines for that journal; for example, see Political Science Quarterly's guidelines at the preceding web address. Include an abstract of your article between the top of your article (the title and your name) and the body of the article due— July 8

Week of July 2

Journal articles—continued.

Activities: Journal article due— July 8

Week of July 9

Book reviews

Readings: Here is what I've found on the web. Don't take these as absolutes about writing book reviews:
Activities: Select a book in your field for which to write a book review. Write this review as if you are going to submit it to a specific journal for publication. Follow that journal's submission guidelines and format. Model your book review on examples of book reviews in that journal. due— July 15

Week of July 16

Speech analyses

Readings: In a rhetorical analysis, you identify the primary and secondary aims (expressive, persuasive, informative, and literary) of a communication. Rhetorical analysis also traditionally involves identifying modes (description, classification, etc.), but that analysis is not useful here. In the rhetorical analysis of a persuasive communication, you also identify persuasive appeals (personal, logic, emotional) and search for logical fallacies. I've not found anything online that discusses these topics, nor can I recommend a book that does so. (Lennis Polnac's Purpose Pattern & Process does, but it has so much material that you would not use that it would be waste of your money. Maybe read the relevant parts in an ACC bookstore.)
Fallacies. Michael C. Labossiere. A wonderful exhaustive list, complete with Latin names and examples. (And there are many other good websites on logic and fallacies; Google "fallacy.")
Activities: Select a speech and write a rhetorical analysis and evaluation of it. Identify which primary and secondary aims are used as well as whether they are appropriate for this speech. Identify which appeals are used and whether they are appropriate. And finally examine the speech for logical fallacies. Describe all of these findings in your written analysis, complete with quotations as necessary. Include an overall evaluation of the speech both in terms of whether it uses appropriate, fair strategies and whether it is successful. Use any format you wish. due— July 22

Week of July 23

Formal researched reports

Readings: Use the planning guide for this project.
Activities: See the technical-report project, which gives you a general idea about the content, format, length, and other such details for this project. due— Aug. 8

Week of July 30

Formal researched reports—continued

Activities: Formal researched report due— Aug. 8

Week of August 6

Formal researched reports—continued

Activities: Formal researched report due— Aug. 8

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