University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

ENC 3250.524
PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Fall 2019 • All-Online Course

Semester begins 26 Aug 2019 and ends 6 Dec 2019.
There are no on-campus meetings for this course.
Course reference number (CRN): 85523

 

Instructor: T. E. Roberts [tr(at)sar.usf.edu]
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Updated 5 Aug 2019

This online course requires no conventional attendance, but students are obligated to submit lecture audio codes on schedule to verify course participation and progress. The final exam will cover all links on this page but will emphasize the links highlighted in yellow.

 

Course Syllabus and Relevant Information

 

Course Textbooks (recommended but not required)

 

Schedule of ENC 3250 Assignments - see “Syllabus” on Canvas

See assignment instructions in Canvas Files. Grading is usually completed within one week of the submission date. See syllabus for information on optional detailed markup and revision. Schedule is subject to change because of circumstances beyond instructor's control. Semester dates are as follows:

Mon Aug 26: first day of classes

Mon Sep 2: Labor Day holiday

Sat Nov 2: Last day to drop without academic penalty

Mon Nov 11: Veteran’s Day

Thu-Fri, Nov 28-29: Thanksgiving holiday

Fri, Dec 6: Last day of classes

Sat-Fri, Dec 7-12: Final exam week



Course Content and Lectures

Lectures will be available for downloading from the FILES section on Canvas. Each lecture consists of a brief spoken audio recording embedded within a set of PowerPoint slides. It is important to hear the audio and read the slides on your computer. You should save all lecture files in the same folder in which you keep your written assignments and emails related to the course. Also, back-up this folder regularly onto external media such as a CD-ROM, USB flash drive, or online archive. This folder will contain the core of what you are paying for and learning in this course. Treat it accordingly.

IMPORTANT: Listen to and take notes on lectures as they are posted -- they provide essential information needed to perform assignments successfully. If you are unable to download a lecture, contact the instructor immediately. State the lecture audio codes noted in the audio intro of each lecture at the end of written submissions as noted in the weekly schedule. Failure to do so will result in penalty to your grade.

Except for the first lecture posted before the beginning of the term, lectures will usually be posted on Sundays or Mondays, but this schedule is subject to change because of uncontrollable factors. You will be notified via Canvas announcement when they are available. Please do not ask for a lecture to be posted in advance -- they are custom-created every semester.

CONTACT ME AT ANY TIME: I welcome questions raised by the lectures and other communications. Send your inquiries and comments to me via email (tr [at] sar.usf.edu). If your message appears to be of general interest and value to the class, I will send your original question and my response to all students. If you wish to chat in person, via Skype or phone, please contact me via email to arrange a time. My USFSM campus office is C-252, but we may also be able to meet off campus. Students are welcome to exchange messages with one another via the Canvas discussion forum (suggested but not required). Do not use texting to communicate with me.

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN EDUCATION:
THINK AND ACT LIKE A PROFESSIONAL, NOT LIKE A STUDENT.

Software/Hardware Help

Thoughtful Commentary

A COLLEGE DEGREE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS?

FACTS AND OPINIONS

LONG AGO BUT STILL RELEVANT

English as Second Language (ESL)

Humor

Student Evaluations of Instructor's Past Courses

Writing Assistance

ON-LINE AND ON-CAMPUS WRITING HELP

WRITING IMPROVEMENT

Important Sites and Pages

Writing Correctly and Effectively

WRITING ONLINE AND ON-TARGET

 

STYLE, USAGE, DOCUMENTATION, IDIOM

Writing Tips and Samples

GENERAL TIPS

ASSIGNMENT 1: BUSINESS MEMO (20% of grade) - due Jan 21, 2019

ASSIGNMENT 2: EMPLOYEE REPRIMAND (20% of grade) - due Feb 11, 2019

ASSIGNMENT 3: COVER LETTER & RESUME (20% of grade) - Mar 4, 2019

Resume, LinkedIn Profile, Cover Letter, Interview, and Job-Hunting

INFO FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITING CAREERS

INFO FOR MILITARY VETERANS & GOVERNMENT JOB-SEEKERS

ONLINE JOB-HUNTING

FOR BUSINESS GRADUATES