Final Project Assignment

27Apr09

For your final project, I would like you to produce a technical writing document that adapts the conventions and aesthetics of a specific cultural object or genre to a technical writing document. The choice of the cultural object is up to you, as is the choice of the technical writing document.

Examples of cultural objects include music videos, phonebooks, take-out menus, company brochures, musicals, novels, poems, slasher films, radio programs, road signs, paintings, and grammar books.

Whatever technical writing product you create (manuals, procedures, instructions, quick reference cards, reports, proposals, or memos) must adapt recognizable conventions of your chosen cultural object.

Your project will have three parts:

— A blog post (no less than 250 words) that sets out the technical subject about which you will write (Due April 29)
— A blog post (no less than 500 words) that includes links and images to examples of the cultural object whose conventions you will reproduce (Draft Due May 4; Final Post Due May 6)
— A technical writing document (or video) that uses those conventions to convey technical information (Due May 18)
— A formal essay of not less than three pages (Due May 20)

sample project ideas:
— use the conventions of a baseball box score to present technical information
— use the conventions of a comic strip to present technical information
— use the conventions of an action film to present technical information

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