Spring 2016 Graduate Course Offerings—RPC

ENGL 501. Research Methods in Rhetoric and Professional Communication

Instructor: Tina Coffelt

Official catalog description: Survey of the major qualitative and quantitative methods used in research on communication and language in academic and nonacademic settings.

More information: This course positions students at the beginning of a research journey, which begins with background information on the history of higher education and graduate education in the humanities progressing toward research in modern RCPC and RPC programs. The landscape of the course includes an introduction to research and scholarly activity approaches employed by faculty in the RPC program. Students will understand the assumptions of research traditions, appraise the advantages and limitations of research methods, recognize the topics and research methods of RPC faculty, and evaluate personal commitments to a research paradigm. The course will require reading approximately 100 pages per week, contributing to class discussions, and completing written assignments, among other tasks

ENGL 507B. Writing and Analyzing Professional Documents

Instructor: Jo Mackiewicz

This graduate seminar introduces important concepts for analyzing and developing business, professional, and technical communication. We will examine simplified, plain, and global English. We will also examine principles of document design; publication management; usability and accessibility; localization and globalization, and readability formulae, among other topics. As we study these topics, we will examine methods for conducting research in business, professional, and technical communication, including ethnography, experimental research, and corpus analysis. We will develop individual and group projects related to these topics.

ENGL 507C. Writing and Analyzing Professional Documents

Instructor: Charles Kostelnick

Accounting majors only.  Introduction to the theory and practice of planning, preparing, and presenting information in written, oral, and visual forms prepared for business, science, industry, and government. Guided readings. Team projects. Individual projects.

ENGL 549. Multimedia Design in Professional Communication

Instructor: Geoff Sauer

Rhetorical principles of information-based multimedia design. Practical understanding of computer applications used in multimedia development. Focus on theoretical and practical elements of producing multimedia training programs in both education and industry. Work with interactive hypertext, digital audio, and non-linear video editing.

ENGL 586. Visual Rhetoric in Professional Communication

Instructor:  Charles Kostelnick

English 586 will combine theory and research in visual communication and perception with the practical application of visual design in business and technical communication. We will examine theories of visual communication, empirical research in layout and typography, visual aesthetics and other cultural issues, and user-oriented methods of designing text, charts, illustrations, data displays, and other visual elements, both in print and digital forms. Examining visual design from a rhetorical perspective, we will explore ways of adapting visual language to specific audiences, purposes, and situational contexts.  To apply principles of visual rhetoric, students will complete several design assignments and a major project in visual design.  To explore, critique, and reflect on principles and practices of visual rhetoric, students will do an analytical exercise, a take-home exam on the readings, and a research project that explores in-depth a topic in visual communication theory, research, pedagogy, or practice, or some combination of these.

ENGL 587. Internship in Business, Technical, and Professional Communication

Instructor: Arranged

An opportunity to write, edit, and design business and technical documents in a professional setting.