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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

9 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

WR 227 - Savage - *tg

Course no. or title: WR227
Course CRN: 47402
# of students: 28
ADA provisions needed: no
Preferred Date: 2012-11-07
Alternate Date: 2012-11-05
Preferred Time: 9:00 am
Alternate Time: 10:00 am
Duration: 110
If other:
Do you need time to discuss non-library matters with your class on the day of
library instruction? No
If yes please specify:
Assignment description and sample topics:
The students are writing a proposal for Technical and Professional Writing.
This is not a generalized proposal as a comp class would write, but rather
specifically a business/professional proposal offering a deliverable for
which the writer would be responsible. Former topics include: building a cob
classroom for environmental studies classes, hosting a farmer's market on
PCC's campus, building a fitness center in an office, purchasing a van for a
company to use, suggesting a funeral home where the writer works offer
themselves as a wedding location, and moving a company's data storage to the

The following is the assignment description:

Due Date: See Syllabus

Goals: Write a proposal to solve a problem or address an opportunity in your
field or concerning a business issue that interests you.

Length: 3-6 pages, single-spaced

• Decide upon a topic for your proposal. See below for a few suggestions.
The problem should be the appropriate scope to address in a proposal that
takes you two-three weeks to create.
• Research the topic thoroughly. Answer such questions as: Who is the
audience for your proposal? What have other individuals/organizations done
to address this issue? What are the barriers to solving this
problem/addressing this opportunity? What are the costs associated with your
• Write a proposal that fits the general proposal format outlined in Markel
and evidenced in the examples we discussed in class.
• Include at least 5 sources, at least 2 of which must be secondary.

Grading Criteria:
• Persuasiveness: targets the needs of the audience, uses persuasive
• Professionalism: demonstrates expertise, credentials, and inspires
• Research: shows clear understanding of topic and appropriate number of
• Organization: follows appropriate proposal formatting.
• Correctness: is free of grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors.

Sample Topics:

• Into whether to switch technology (in your workplace)
• Into whether one research method in your field is more effective than
• Into how to best support international students at PCC
• Into the cultural differences that would be key factors in opening a
branch of your company in a foreign country

Goods and Services (funding, materials, services provided)
• Revising PCC’s website
• Applying for funding to take a group of students on a trip abroad
• Providing services or goods to a company or organization (such as lawn
care, a “green roof,” or web design)
• Creating a wellness program in your workplace
• Creating a board of people from industry to provide expertise about your

Students will be able to (check all that apply):
- Develop a search strategy based on their research topics (15 minutes)
- Construct a query for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles and
evaluate best choices in the results list (25 minutes)
- Other (please explain below) (15 minutes)
Other notes:
I apologize for the short notice - I recognize you may not have any
availability at this time.

If you do have availability, I'll be happy to communicate more about my
class's needs (primary research, trade publications, researching
stakeholders) with the host librarian.

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