WRIT 465 Guidelines and Rubrics for Instructors
465 focuses on the preparation of oral and written reports
appropriate in a
professional environment. It is one of a small number
of Winthrop courses that have both the writing intensive and
oral communication designations. Most of us who teach
this course find it rewarding because students are usually
excited about and committed to the projects they pursue.
We have also found that classroom workshops, frequent
conferences, group work, and peer editing are very effective
techniques to use with these students. A notebook of
useful WRIT 465 materials is available in the Writing
Students must have junior status and must have passed
CRTW 201 with a C- or better in order to take WRIT 465.
Any sophomores on your rolls should be told to drop the
course, unless they can prove that they actually have junior
Types of Writing Assignment
assignment is a semester-long project (usually a feasibility
study). Written components of the project MUST
-- letter of inquiry
-- survey or questionnaire
-- progress report
-- the formal
report or feasibility study, including letter of
documents covered in the course SHOULD include:
-- instructions (may be a group-produced manual)
students should learn to access technological data and use
internet sources. Some sections of this course are
taught as a hybrid format, with one weekly in-class meeting
and an online component, and students in these sections will
work with Blackboard. All students should learn to
appropriately use email and students should use
presentation software like PowerPoint, SlideRocket, or Prezi
to present their final projects. They should also
learn to interpret and design various types of graphics and
to integrate them into written text with appropriate labels
Types of Oral Communication Assignments
At least three
graded oral presentations are required in WRIT 465 (most
instructors require four), and you must provide students
with detailed instruction on oral communication skills.
Oral presentations may include such assignments as "how-to"
demonstrations, progress reports, and group reports.
A formal oral report on the major project is required.
Students should gain experience preparing and using visual
aids for these oral reports.
provide written feedback to students about their oral
presentations, and peer evaluation should also be included
(this is a requirement of the oral communication
competency). In a group presentation, for example, students
can critique other members of the group, or the entire class
can fill out evaluation sheets for individual presentations.
Research and Documentation Skills
should gain experience gathering information from library
and non-library sources, including interviews and surveys,
and they will need to know the difference between primary
and secondary research.If your students need more advanced
instruction about library materials, you will have to
provide such instruction.
should learn an appropriate form of documentation.
Please spend some time discussing the correct use of
borrowed information, for students may not remember the MLA
format used in WRIT 101 and CRTW, or you may want them to
use another form of documentation. Review with them
the college-wide policy on academic dishonesty.
available in a number of campus computer labs.
Students must provide their own disks for the computers, and
they must apply for a computer account in Tillman 015. All
WRIT 465 documents should be typed or processed on a
computer, and you should consider requiring students to
submit all assignments to Turnitin.
standards of correctness should be applied in WRIT 465.
For example, in order to receive a C, a document should be
relatively error-free and acceptable for use in a
professional environment. Documents may be revised for
a new grade, but you should establish a revision policy to
be included in your syllabus. You may allow up to two
revision opportunities for each major written assignment,
but you must review a draft of the major project before
it is revised for a grade. This is typically a thirty
minute conference with each student on his or her rough
The rubrics for WRIT 465 written and oral communication are
The standard textbook is William Pfeiffer’s A Pocket Guide to Technical
Communication, 5th edition. Any other textbook
used in this course must be approved by
Dr. Gregg Hecimovich.
When you have drawn up your
syllabi, please give one copy to Carol Schlabach.
All syllabi must also be archived electronically for accreditation purposes.
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