Week 6 (Feb. 16 – Feb 22)



  • Read, listen, and view to lectures as they are posted throughout the week.
  • Review and complete weekly Participation Post assignment.
    • Chapters 6 and 7 of Technical Communication Strategies for Today discuss specifications as different kinds of technical documents. One Initiating post should discuss the differences and similarities between these two different kinds of specifications documents.
    • Back in Week 1, Selfe and Selfe’s “What Are the Boundaries, Artifacts, and Identities of Technical Communication?” discussed the use of word clouds to examine documents. For one of this week’s Initiating posts, use a word cloud generator (Tag Crowd, Word Cloud Generator, WordItOut, or VocabGrabber) and Selfe and Selfe’s heuristic to examine your Rhetoric and Technical Communication project. One post should include both your final word cloud and an analysis of what that word cloud tells you about your Rhetoric and Technical Communication Project.
    • The Responding post should respond to one of your classmates’ posts.
  • Post the Week 5 Reflection assignment. Due: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 10:00 PM.
  • Complete Minor Assignment #5. Due: Feb. 20, 10:00 PM.
  • Revise the Rhetoric and Technical Communication assignment. Instructor-review draft due: Feb. 22, 10:00 PM
  • Begin work on the Week 6 Reflection assignment. Due: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10:00 PM.
  • Preview and begin work on the Documentation Project #1 assignment. Peer-review draft due: Feb. 29, 10:00 PM.
  • Preview and begin work on the Technical Communication Report Proposal: Due: March 11, 10:00 PM.


  • Johnson-Sheehan, Richard. Technical Communication Strategies for Today. 2nd ed. Boston: Pearson, 2015. (Required textbook)
    • Ch. 6: “Technical Descriptions and Specifications,” pp. 128-158.
    • Ch. 7: “Instructions and Documentation,” pp. 159-197.