University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

ENC 3250
PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Fall 2017 (online course / no campus meetings)
ENC 3250.521 (CRN 83619) • 21 Aug 2017 to 1 Dec 2017

 

Instructor: T. E. Roberts [tr(at)sar.usf.edu]
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Updated 15 August 2017

This online course requires no conventional attendance, but students are obligated to submit lecture audio codes on schedule to verify course participation and progress. Information to be reviewed for the final exam will be highlighted in yellow on this page before the exam.

 

Course Syllabus and Relevant Information

Course Textbooks (recommended but not required)

Schedule of ENC 3250 Assignments • Fall 2017 - see “Syllabus” on Canvas

See assignment instructions in syllabus. Grading is usually completed within one week of the submission date. See syllabus for information on optional detailed markup and revision. Schedule may change because of circumstances beyond instructor's control.

 

USFSM Academic Calendar, Fall 2017 (http://www.registrar.usf.edu/enroll/regist/calendt.php)

Mon Aug 21: first day of classes

Mon Sep 4: Labor Day holiday

Sat Oct 28: Last day to drop without academic penalty

Fri Nov 10: Veteran’s Day

Thu-Fri, Nov 23-24: Thanksgiving holiday

Fri, Dec 1: Last day of classes

Sat-Fri, Dec 2-7: Final exam week

 

 

 

 

 

Course Content and Lectures

INSTRUCTIONS: Lectures will be posted in the FILES section of Canvas, usually on Saturday or Sunday before the numbered week in question. Each lecture consists of a spoken audio recording in MP4 format and a set of PowerPoint slides. It is important to download both files and listen to the spoken audio as you view the slides on your computer. The lectures should be heard within a day or two after being posted.

If necessary to hear MP4 files on your computer, download free Quicktime player here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL837. Alternatively, you may use the free VLC Media Player, to be found here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/. If you lack PowerPoint on your computer, you may download a free PPT viewer here.

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 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. An assignment lost as a result of careless computer usage will likely incur a penalty.

NOTES: Listen to and take notes on lectures as they are posted -- they provide essential information needed to perform assignments successfully. You must read the PowerPoint slides and hear the audio recording simultaneously. If you are unable to hear a lecture, contact the instructor immediately. Send me an email (by the deadline stated in the syllabus) noting the code words mentioned in the audio recording. Failure to do so will result in penalty to your grade.

IF YOU THINK A LECTURE IS "TOO LONG" ... remember that, if meeting on campus, this course would normally require several hours of in-person attendance plus roundtrip travel every week for 16 weeks in a semester or nine weeks in the summer session. At around 30 to 60 minutes per week, and requiring no more travel than minuscule movement of your computer mouse or fingers on the keyboard, the lecture content in this online medium is ridiculously light. If you find a lecture unsatisfying or confusing for any reason, contact me about it. Don't wait to complain at the end of the term. By then, it's too late. The lectures are not aimed at entertaining you; they are produced to improve the efficiency and depth of your learning.

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

Except for the introductory lecture posted before the beginning of the term, lectures will usually be posted between Friday and Sunday, but this schedule is subject to change because of unforeseen circumstances such as the landing of a large asteroid, opening of a giant sinkhole in most of southwest Florida, or severe fugue state of the instructor. You will be notified via Canvas announcement when lectures are available. Please do not ask for a lecture to be posted in advance -- they are custom-adapted 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 by phone, please contact me via email to arrange a time. Because all my teaching is online, I am very seldom on campus. Students are welcome to exchange messages with one another via the Canvas discussion forum (suggested but not required).

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 16

ASSIGNMENT 2: EMPLOYEE REPRIMAND (20% of grade) - due Feb 6

ASSIGNMENT 3: COVER LETTER & RESUME (20% of grade) - Feb 27

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