Calendar

This course calendar is subject to change throughout the semester. White rows indicate in-class periods (Tuesdays); gray rows indicate online periods (Thursdays). Unless otherwise indicated, agenda items scheduled for online periods are due before midnight of the same day.

Date Due at 11:00 am Agenda
Jan. 9
• Introduce course/discuss Professional Writing
Jan. 11
• Watch course introduction video
• Submit Personal Introductions Post
Jan. 16 • Print and sign course contract
• Read The Essentials ch. 1
• Read Corporate Communication Project information
• Complete Reading Quiz 1
• Introduce Corporate Communication Project
• Complete crisis analysis activity
Jan. 18 • Complete Intention Document
• Read The Essentials ch. 2
• Read The Essentials ch. 3
• Complete Reading Response 1 
• Complete Reading Response 2
Jan. 23 • Complete Crisis Analysis Report
• Read The Essentials ch. 8
• Complete Reading Quiz 2
• Discuss professional ethics
• Share Crisis Analysis Reports
Jan. 25 • Read The Purdue OWL's information about writing press releases
• Read MediaCollege.com's information about formatting press releases
• Read The Houston Chronicle's information about writing crisis press releases
• Read Bizfluent's information about writing crisis press releases
• Read GM's press release
• Complete press release activity
Jan. 30 • Submit draft Press Release • Complete Press Release draft workshop
• Generate Press Release rubric
Feb. 1 • Read The Essentials ch. 7
• Read all four parts of The Purdue OWL's information about writing memos
• Read a prospective GM internal memo
• Complete internal memo activity
Feb. 6 • Submit draft Internal Memo • Complete Internal Memo draft workshop
• Generate Internal Memo rubric
Feb. 8 • Read "Time for Your Business to Apologize on Video?"
• Read "The Effective Video Apology 'DOs' and 'DON'Ts'"
• Watch GM's video message
• Complete video message activity
Feb. 13 • Submit Video Message outline (brief description of speaker and scene with a preliminary script) • Generate Video Message rubric
• Complete Video Message draft workshop
Feb. 15
• Complete online conferences
   • Kyle M. (Feb. 14 - 2:00 pm)
   • Delina G. (Feb. 15 - 11:00 am)
   • Tripp G. (Feb. 15 - 11:10 am)
   • Sheela J. (Feb. 15 - 11:20 am)
   • Kelli F. (Feb. 15 - 11:30 am)
   • Emily W. (Feb. 15 - 11:40 am)
   • Mackenzie F. (Feb. 15 - 11:50 am)
   • Sarah F. (Feb. 15 - 12:00 pm)
   • Sam D. (Feb. 15 - 2:00 pm)
   • Lauren V. (Feb. 15 - 2:10 pm)
   • Molly P. (Feb. 15 - 3:30 pm)
   • Abby H. (Feb. 20 - 2:00 pm)
   • John L. (Feb. 21 - 2:00 pm)
   • Brianna B. (Feb. 22 - 11:00 am)
   • Summer S. (Feb. 22 - 11:30 am)
   • Dillon L. (Feb. 22 - 11:50 am)
   • Amelia L. (Feb. 22 - 12:00 pm)
   • Deion W. (Feb. 22 - 2:10 pm)
   • Jack B. (Feb. 22 - 3:50 pm)
Feb. 20 • Submit Press Release
• Submit Internal Memo
• Submit Video Message (as an emailed link or uploaded file)
• Discuss Materials Analysis
• Discuss Postmortem
• Introduce Instructions Project
• Complete instructions activity
Feb. 22 • Read The Essentials ch. 10
• Read Instructions Project information
• Submit Intention Document
• Complete Reading Response 3
Feb. 27 • Submit Materials Analysis
• Submit Postmortem
• Discuss Design Plan
• Discuss Materials Analysis
• Discuss Postmortem
• Complete instructions exercise
Mar. 1 • Read The Essentials ch. 4 • Complete Reading Quiz 3
Mar. 6   No class
Mar. 8   No class
Mar. 13 • Submit Design Plan • Share Design Plans
• Review usability testing
• Generate Instructions rubric
Mar. 15 • Read The Essentials ch. 5
• Read The Essentials ch. 6
• Complete Reading Response 4
• Complete Reading Response 5
Mar. 20 • Read this information about usability testing
• Bring in Draft and Usability Test 1
• Complete usability testing workshop 1
Mar. 22 • Submit Draft and Usability Test 2
• Complete usability testing workshop 2 (within 24 hours of receiving it)
Mar. 27
• Introduce Service Learning Project
• Form groups
• Begin and share Gantt Chart 
Mar. 29   No class
Apr. 3 • Submit Instruction Set (bring tangible works to class or submit electronic ones directly)
• Submit Materials Analysis
• Submit Postmortem
• Discuss Intention Document
• Discuss Progress Reports
• Develop project
Apr. 5 • Submit Intention Document • Submit Progress Report 1
Apr. 10 • Read The Essentials ch. 9
• Complete Reading Quiz 4
• Review Client Report
• Review Client Presentation
• Develop project
Apr. 12 • Read The Essentials ch. 11 • Complete Reading Response 6
• Submit Progress Report 2
Apr. 17 • Read The Essentials ch. 12 • Complete Reading Quiz 5
• Review Postmortem
• Develop project
Apr. 19 • Submit draft Client Material (one per group) • Submit Progress Report 3
Apr. 24
• Revise project
• Complete IDEA evaluations
Apr. 26   No class
May 1
(11:30)
• Finalize Client Material
• Complete Client Report
• Complete Client Presentation
• Deliver Client Presentations
   • Group 1 (11:35 am)
   • Group 2 (11:45 am)
   • Group 3 (11:55 am)
   • Group 4 (12:05 pm)
   • Group 5 (12:15 pm)
• Submit Client Reports
• Submit Postmortem (before midnight)