First Project Log due Wednesday, Apr. 20

posted Apr 18, 2011 10:14 AM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Apr 18, 2011 11:34 AM ]

Each student will complete three Project Logs during the Service Learning Project. The first Project Log is due by midnight Wednesday, Apr. 20. The subsequent Project Logs are due by the two following Wednesdays.

Corporate Communication Project due 3/1

posted Feb 24, 2011 12:55 PM by J. Tirrell

The final Press Release, Internal Memo, and Recorded Message rubric we generated in class today is now posted (it also is linked on the Corporate Communication Project page):

I will use this rubric to score your materials after you turn them in on Tuesday (3/1). Remember to turn them in collected in a folder (the Corporate Communication Project page provides more detail).

In addition to these three items, Materials Analyses and individual Postmortems also are due. I also will take a last look at your group Gantt Chart to check if the three main components (tasks, duration, responsibility) are there. We will go over how to submit your Gantt Chart in class on Tuesday, so you do not have to submit it before then.

If you have any questions before the project is due, feel free to contact me via email.

Traits of Effective Reading Responses

posted Jan 11, 2011 7:10 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Jan 20, 2011 12:02 PM ]

The following list articulates my expectations for Reading Responses. Keep in mind that Engagement Assignments (such as Reading Responses) constitute 20% of your total course grade.

  • Make certain to account for the complete prompt. If it asks you to include specific information or talk about a particular aspect of the reading, be sure to do that.

  • Provide mostly critical commentary in your Reading Response, not summary. We have all done the reading, so we don't need much summary. Instead, make concrete, specific connections to our previous readings and your own experience inside and outside of class. Then turn your discussion to how this information might be useful in our current project, or otherwise change how you thought about it.

  • Demonstrate your engagement with the material. One reason why we do Reading Responses is to ensure that everyone is keeping up with the material. Make sure that your response demonstrates that you have absorbed the material by making reference to specific concepts, terms, ideas, etc. from the reading.

  • Use grammar and structure that is appropriate for a professional context. Sentence-level grammar is important, in part because it gives the response an appropriate ethos. Also, your response should be structured into a complete narrative with a beginning, middle, and end. Don't just collect random thoughts into one large paragraph. As writers, we have to do the work of presenting our material to the reader comprehensibly.

  • Hit the Reading Response word count. Word counts are somewhat arbitrary, but they encourage the kind of sustained engagement necessary for a good post.

  • Post your Reading Response by the deadline. Reading Responses should be posted before class time on the day that they are due.

Welcome to ENG 204-003: Introduction to Professional Writing

posted Dec 22, 2010 1:18 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Jan 25, 2011 8:02 AM ]

Welcome to ENG 204-003: Introduction to Professional Writing with Dr. Jeremy Tirrell. I will put updates and news that you should know on this home page. The course flows through this website. As such, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with it, particularly the Syllabus, Calendar, and Assignments sections.

Again, welcome to the course! I hope you find it challenging and rewarding. If you have any questions, feel free to email me through tirrellj@uncw.edu.

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Course Information

Intro. to Professional Writing
ENG 204-003
MO 204
TR 8:00-9:15

Instructor Information

Dr. Jeremy Tirrell
Office: MO 150
Office Hours: TR 12:00-2:00 (and by appointment)

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