Week 1 (Jan. 12-18)

Important Dates

  • Drop Add Period ends Jan 16

Due

Activities

  • Download and read the syllabus.
  • Get textbooks.
    • Paradis, James G., and Muriel L. Zimmerman. The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication. 2nd ed. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2002. (Bookstore)
    • Bazerman, Charles. A Rhetoric of Literate Action: Literate Action, Vol. 1. Fort Collins: The WAC Clearinghouse, 2013. (Free online at http://wac.colostate.edu/books/literateaction/v1/)
  • Read, listen, and view to lectures as they are posted throughout the week.
  • Complete and submit the Biography and Questionnaire assignment. Due: Jan. 17, 10:00 PM.
  • Review and complete weekly Participation Post assignment.
    • One post should engage one or more of the following readings: Harris, Bazerman’s “The Problem of Written Knowledge,” and/or Prelli.
    • One post should engage either the Losh et. al. or the Bazerman “Rhetorics of Speaking and Writing Reading.”
    • One post should respond to one of your classmates’ posts.
  • Review and start the Weekly Reflection assignment. The first reflection is due Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10:00 PM.
  • Review the Rhetoric of Science Essay assignment. Peer-review draft due: Feb. 5, 10:00 PM.
  • Review Course Reflection assignment. Due: May 3, 10:00 PM. I’ll remind you of this assignment in Week 13. I’m asking you to skim it now so that you can be thinking about these questions all semester and to help frame the weekly review assignments.
  • Install a PDF annotation program for devices you’ll read PDF assignments on. Lists of free versions for various platforms and devices are available at:

Readings

  • Paradis, James G., and Muriel L. Zimmerman. The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication. 2nd ed. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2002. (Required textbook)
    • Ch. 1: “Writing and Work,” pp. 3-13.
    • Ch. 10: “Memos, Letters, and Electronic Mail,” pp. 137-150.
  • Losh, Elizabeth et. al. “Why Rhetoric?” Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphical Guide to Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014. pp. 35-54. (.pdf in Blackboard)
  • Harris, Randy Allen. “Introduction.” Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science: Case Studies. Ed. Randy Allen Harris. Mahwah:Hermagoras Press, 1997.xi-xlv. (.pdf in Blackboard)
    • Read pages xi-xvii
  • Bazerman, Charles. “The Problem of Written Knowledge.” Shaping Written Knowledge: The Genre and Activity of the Experimental Article in Science. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1988. 3-17. (Online reading)
    • Read page 13-17
  • Prelli, Lawrence J. “Introduction.” A Rhetoric of Science: Inventing Scientific Discourse. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 1989. 1-8. (.pdf in Blackboard)
    • Read pages 5-8
  • Bazerman, Charles. “Rhetorics of Speaking and Writing.” A Rhetoric of Literate Action: Literate Action, Vol. 1. Fort Collins: The WAC Clearinghouse, 2013. 7-20. (Required textbook, available for free download)