Week 3 (Jan 26 – Feb. 1)



  • Read, listen, and view to lectures as they are posted throughout the week.
  • Review and complete weekly Participation Post assignment.
    • One Initiating post should identify five key issues from Gopen and Swan’s “The Science of Science Writing.”
    • For one Initiating post you should find a technical communication blog, select an article, read it. Drawing upon what you’ve learned about technical communication from both the Henry and Cook et. al. readings, post a brief summary along with a discussion of how the article might help members of the class (including you) develop professionally.
    • The Responding post should respond to one of your classmates’ posts.
  • Post the Week 2 Reflection assignment. Due: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10:00 PM.
  • Complete the Job Application Packet: Due: Feb. 1, 10:00 PM.
  • Begin work on the Week 3 Reflection assignment. Due: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10:00 PM.
  • Begin work on Minor Assignment #4: Due: Feb. 8., 10:00 PM.
  • Begin work on the Rhetoric and Technical Communication assignment. Peer-review draft due: Feb. 10, 10:00 PM.


  • Johnson-Sheehan, Richard. Technical Communication Strategies for Today. 2nd ed. Boston: Pearson, 2015. (Required textbook)
    • Ch. 13: “Designing Documents and Interfaces,” pp. 367-396.
  • Gopen, George D, and Judith A. Swan. “The Science of Scientific Writing.” American Scientist 78 (1990): 550-558. (.pdf in Blackboard)
  • Johnson-Eilola, Johndan, and Stuart A. Selber. Solving Problems in Technical Communication. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2013. (Required textbook)
    • Henry, Jim. Ch. 3: “How Can Technical Communicators Fit into Contemporary Organizations?”, pp. 75-97.
    • Cook, Kalli Cargile, Emily Cook, Ben Minson, and Stephanie Wilson. Ch. 4: “How Can Technical Communication Develop as Both Students and Professionals?”, pp. 98-120.