** Now Updating for Spring**
Subject to change pending course needs. Check with other students if you miss a class.
Wed. March 27 Go over syllabus and website.
See website the first two summary assignments.
Discuss summary assignments
Exchange email addresses with two other students. Go over how to use editorial tracking in MS Word.
For Mon.: Obtain the essay "Just Say No to Poorly Designed Software" by Charles Hannon (Chronicle of Higher Education) from EBSCO Academic Search Complete library database for summary #1. You will need to first connect to the CWU Library website, then go to the databases at http://www.lib.cwu.edu/DatabasesByTitle Select Academic Search Complete, which should be the first listing.
Read over the guidelines and discussion in handout.
1. Write a summary of Hannon's article.
2. Add a discussion on how Hannon's article applies to the field of computer science.
Reading: Zobel, Chapters 1-2.
Explore textbook website at http://www.justinzobel.com
Fri. March 29
In class, exchange emails with another student. Edit your summary, then send it to another student following these steps by Monday.
1. Send your summary draft as an attachment to another student for comment. File name: YourLastName_Sum1_EdClassmateName
If you do not have MS Word on your computer, use a lab computer. You should receive someone else's paper in exchange.
2. Turn on the track changes option in Word by clicking on the Review Tab. This will provide a record of any changes to the text.
Need help? Check out these websites:
June Pulliam's website: http://www.lsu.edu/faculty/jpullia/makingeditorialcomments.htm
Univ. of North Carolina Library: http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/comments.html
3. Comment on a classmate's work. Use highlighting in the text to point out problematic phrasing and explain the problem using Insert Comment. Provide both editorial corrections and comments. Make use of the guidelines for summaries.
4. When you receive your summary back, examine the different versions of the text, an option available in Word. You will decide which changes to follow or to ignore in your final version.
5. Email me an electronic marked copy as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Failure to participate in workshop will result in a half grade drop of the paper.
Mon., April 1
I should have electronic edited drafts of Summary 1.
Report on use of tracking in Word.
Go over poor sentence examples from Summary #1.
Next reading for summary #2: Obtain and read "Divide and Conquer" by Barry Cipra from American Mathematical Society website (see volume 3 for pdf file).
www.ams.org/samplings/math-history/divide.pdf or do a Google search. It is there. It is just hidden. Read discussion of this assignment in http://www.cwu.edu/~harperl/The%20Summary.htm
Reading: Zobel Chap. 3 Style Specifics by Fri. April 5
Wed. April 3
Due date for final version of Summary #1 of Hannon's article. Bring a hardcopy to class.
Include any non-electronic marked drafts with comments and peer responses with the version you hand in.
In class, go over questions on Cipra's article. See website assignment.
Fri. April 5
Bring drafts of summary #2 to class for exchange. Use peer response sheet.
Mon. April 8
Summary #1 returned.
Go over proofreader's marks in Handbook of Technical Writing, p. 431. (This will be on Mechanics test #1.)
Lecture: Using parallel structure, lists, and colons.
Using abbreviations, acronyms
Checking for synonyms and misused words.
Reading: Zobel Chap. 4 Punctuation; Chap. 8 Editing
Wed. April 10
Zobel #13, p. 257 in class.
SUMMARY #2 DUE. Include draft material.
Fri. April 12
Lecture: Style Specifics. Using quotation marks, italics, and boldface.
Mon. April 15
Subject-Verb and Pronoun Agreement
Catch-up on Mechanics test coverage
Go over Graphs, Tables, diagrams for Visualization assignment, due April 29.
See ISO Flowchart symbols, Handbook p. 196.
Reading: Zobel Chap. 5 Mathematics; Chap. 6 Graphs, Figures, and Tables; Chap. 7Algorithms.
Fri. April 19
Lecture: Ethics, liability and copyright laws
Reading: Zobel Chap. 13 Ethics
Mon. April 22
Continue with copyright law.
Wed. April 24
Mechanics Test #1-index card only
See coverage here:
Fri. April 26
Lecture: Using APA and IEEE
See The Onion on documentation war:
Begin reading material for next Mechanics test.
Start research for final proposal
Also check CS department website and bulletin board postings on the second floor of Hebeler.
Mon. April 29
Lecture: writing resumes and CVs.
Reading: Zobel Chap. 10 Doing Research
Visualization Exercise due.
Wed. May 1
Finding sources using library databases
Go over documentation
Discuss how to prepare an annotated bibliography and literature review
Review of logical fallacies
Fri. May 3
Class cancelled-instructor at conference
Mon. May 6
Draft workshop for resume and cover letter.
Questions about resume writing will be on test.
Reading: Zobel Chap. 12 Refereeing
Wed. May 8
Mechanics Test #2-index card allowed
For Mon. Do Zobel Exercises 19, 20 p. 261
***If you have fallen behind, please withdraw now.
Fri. May 10
Discuss Exercise 19 and 20.
Discuss how to find and evaluate researchers.
Reading: Zobel 11 Experimentation
Reading: Zobel Chap. 9 Writing Up
Analysis of Research Paper Assignment: Access and read "Data Trends on Minorities and People with Disabilities in Computing" by Valerie Taylor and Richard Ladner from Communications of the ACM 54.12 (2011). Answer question #1 and #2 Zobel p. 254 for Wed.
Question #1 and #2 Zobel p. 254.
Wed. May 15
Presenting and Powerpoint
Fri. May 17
Analysis of research paper due.
Check out library databases for research topic.
Examine structure of "Ambient Intelligence: A Survey" by Fariba Sadri ACM Computing Surveys 43.4 (2011)
Mon. May 20
Lecture on the annotated bibliography and survey of literature.
Using library databases
Discuss problems with finding source material
See annotated bibliography example at
Wed. May 22
Mechanics test #3- open book
Reading: Zobel Chap. 14: Giving Presentations.
Fri. May 24
Survey Research Papers.
People may present as a group, but survey research papers must be individual efforts.
Annotated bibliography and proposal are due.
Mon. May 27
Memorial Day Holiday.
May 29, May 31
Draft workshops and possible early Powerpoint Presentations
Final Powerpoint Presentations
Survey research papers are due
When grading is complete, papers and grade breakdowns can be picked up from the English department office in LL423; they will be there for one quarter.