English 218: Technical & Scientific Communication
Rhetoric of Urban Planning
Instructor Information
Kefaya Diab
Email Preference: Canvas Only
Office Hours:
By appointment through Adobe Connect on Canvas and Skype (username: kefaya.diab). Also, I will meet with you face to face by appointment
Office Location: Cubical F11 at Milton Hall.
Course Information
English 218: Technical & Scientific Communication
Spring 2016
Section Number: M72
Log in URL: Log into Canvas using your NMSU username and password
Course Description
This course aims to enhance your professional and technical writing skills, where you will study and practice writing and research in professional contexts. The course will also introduce you to multiple technical composition genres such as websites, proposals, reports, and other promotional products with emphasis on their rhetorical effects on targeted audiences. While studying and analyzing the rhetorical effect of texts in various genres, you will also, strategically produce texts that respond to your project’s particular purpose and audience.
In studying professional text/ artifacts you are going to analyze what others produced to arrive at a better understanding to:
1. Rhetorical contexts of exigency, purpose, author, and audience.
2. Rhetorical effects of texts/ artifacts achieved by strategic use of rhetorical appeals.
3. Research to collect evidence and compose persuasive arguments.
To practice primary research and writing for professional purposes, in this course, you will work on projects, in groups, to study an urban planning issue in Las Cruces.
According to Wikipedia (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_planning), “Urban planning is a technical and political process concerned with the use of land, protection and use of the environment, public welfare, and the design of the urban environment, including air, water, and the infrastructure passing into and out of urban areas such as transportation, communications, and distribution networks.” As students in Las Cruces there are various issues which impact your daily life such as accessibility to goods and services, access to public transportation, bicycle, and walking infrastructure, and a plethora of other issues which determine how you live and interact with the City at large.
For the hands-on research/writing projects you will:
1. Work in groups of 3 students each. This will serve the purpose of working in teams in the professional life.
2. Use your academic knowledge, observations, past experience, and primary research to identify a problem that relates to the city of Las Cruces urbanization.
3. Argue for a solution(s) driven by your primary and secondary research, and making use of your disciplinary academic backgrounds.
4. Introduce your argument through multiple genres to appeal to your targeted audience(s).
This class will build on what you have learned in English 111, where you will practice writing as a recursive process, and use rhetoric to influence audiences. Although you are not going to write a rhetorical analysis per se, you will rhetorically analyze academic text and cultural artifacts while working on the class assignments and projects.
Prerequisites
In order to enroll in English 218, you must have earned a C or higher in English 111.
Course Delivery Method
This class is paced through sixteen weeks, and it is guided. This means that each week you should show your engagement with the class material, your classmates, and with me by the deadlines. The week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday at midnight.
You are required to meet with me individually and in groups at least 4 times during the semester to discuss with me your progress, and to receive my feedback on your writing assignments. See the schedule below for the weeks when you have to meet with me. You will have the choice whether to meet through Adobe Connect on Canvas or face-to-face at my office.
Course Goals & Objectives
The English Department Objectives
The following learning objectives are standard for all English 218 courses. By the end of the semester, you should be able to:
• Describe the differences between technical communication and other forms of writing
• Identify and describe documents used in technical communication such as memos, letters, e-mails, reports, proposals, and instruction manuals
• Demonstrate the ability to analyze rhetorical situations and develop appropriate documents in response
• Identify and analyze targeted audiences
• Use basic principles of document design
• Demonstrate familiarity with the computer-assisted writing process
• Demonstrate the ability to manage information effectively and use it appropriately
• Use technical and scientific documentation styles rhetorically
• Present information in a coherent, logical manner, both in spoken and written form
• To understand the genre and manipulate the structure of selected technical documents;
• To convey clearly, cogently and correctly through written media, the technical aspects