COMP 150 Schedule

Friday, 9/5
Instructor presenting at ICFP. No class.
Friday, 9/12
The Engineering Method; principles and practices; the portfolio and the lab notebook

Come to class with one or two technical papers that you have found unclear or difficult to read.
Read:

Friday, 9/19
Come having done Exercise A from the class handbook, page 9. There will be several paragraphs to be named.

Immediately after class, read Boice, Chapter 9 (8 pages) and start two weeks of active waiting.
Optional reading: Mindful ways of writing, Boice, pages 103–113 (11 pages).
Read: Williams, Chapter 2 (18 pages)

Friday, 9/26
Exercise A: use subjects, verbs, and direct objects to revise a previous paragraph, probably annotate and revise 1 or 2 student paragraphs
Read:
  • Boice, Chapter 9 (8 pages) already in progress (started immediately after previous class).
  • Optional: Mindful ways of writing, Boice, pages 103–113 (11 pages).
Friday, 10/3
Class discussions: productivity and satisfaction; results of active waiting
Read: Boice, Chapter 10 (14 pages); choose a prewriting exercise
Friday, 10/10
Exercise C: Marking old and new information within a sentence.
Read: Williams, Chapter 3, part 1: pages 45 to 53, plus principle 1 on page 56 (9 pages). Stop at the top of page 53 before the subject heading "Keeping Topics Visible".
Friday, 10/17
Exercise C: Using old and new information to revise sentences
Read: carried over from last class
Friday, 10/24
Instructor at OOPSLA. No class.
Assignment for lab-analysis-i: Productivity and satisfaction (also in PDF) due at 11:59 PM.
Friday, 10/31
Bring lab notebooks and portfolios to class. We will analyze results of your experiments with prewriting.

Immediately after this class, start brief, daily sessions.
Read: start right after class: Boice, Chapter 11 (8 pages)

Friday, 11/7
Exercise E: Judge about 3 paragraphs for coherent subjects; compare; suggest possible revisions
Read: Williams, Chapter 3, part 2: pages 53 to 65 (13 pages).
Friday, 11/14
From about 3 paragraphs, choose one that would benefit most from revision to make subjects more coherent, and revise it
Read: Williams, carried over
Friday, 11/21
Class discussion: results of brief, daily sessions; impediments to brief, daily sessions
Read: Boice, carried over
Friday, 11/28
Thanksgiving. No class.
Monday, 12/1
Not a class day, but Assignment for lab-analysis-ii: The lab notebook (also in PDF) due at 11:59 PM.
Friday, 12/5
Peer evaluation of notebook entries; collective design of effective formats and tools for the lab notebook. Come to class with an evaluation of the notebook entries given to you for review.
Read: none
Friday, 12/12
Reading period, finals, winter break. No class.
Friday, 12/19
Reading period, finals, winter break. No class.
Friday, 12/26
Reading period, finals, winter break. No class.
Friday, 1/2/2015
Reading period, finals, winter break. No class.
Friday, 1/9/2015
Reading period, finals, winter break. No class.
Friday, 1/16/2015
Exercise A revisited, applied to a student's text. Our goal is to get insight into the student's technical work.
Read: Williams, carried over
Friday, 1/23/2015
Class discussion: What do we do if we're "on a roll?" How can we end a session in a way that facilitates the next session?

After class, spend the next two weeks monitoring for inefficiencies, as Boice describes in Exercise 1 on page 189.
Read:

Friday, 1/30/2015
Exercise G: purpose of each paragraph, applied to a student's text
Friday, 2/6/2015
Discussion: Lab notebooks; results of Exercise 1 on page 189 of Boice
Read:
  • Boice, Chapter 12 (carried over)
  • Immediately after class: Boice, Chapters 14 and 15 (20 pages). (You will need to read pages 170–176 only if you are skeptical.)

    And add to your experimental record-keeping in your lab notebook these two exercises: Exercise 1 on page 161 of Boice (record of thoughts) and Exercise 1 on page 168 of Boice.

Friday, 2/13/2015
Exercise G: purpose of each paragraph, applied to a student's text
Friday, 2/20/2015
Class discussion: do we experience obstacles to flow, and when we do so, what can we learn from our lab notebooks?
(Bring lab notebooks to class.)
Assignment for efficiency: Efficiency and inefficiency (also in PDF) due at 11:59 PM.

Read: Boice, chapters 14 and 15 (carried over)
Monday, 2/23/2015
Not a class day, but Assignment for principles-review: Writing principles review (also in PDF) due at 11:59 PM.
Friday, 2/27/2015
Review and polish a selected writing principle or technique
Friday, 3/6/2015
Review and polish a selected writing principle or technique; Receive abstracts for analysis the following week.
Friday, 3/13/2015
Cut a text
Read: Williams, Chapter 7 (19 pages)
Friday, 3/20/2015
Spring break. No class.
Friday, 3/27/2015
Analysis of an abstract: Promises vs presentation, subjects and verbs, information flow, and coherent subjects
Read: Kenneth Landes, A Scrutiny of the Abstract
Friday, 4/3/2015
Identify the essential information in a paper handed out the previous week
Read: Landes, carried forward
Friday, 4/10/2015
Write new abstracts, at several lengths, for the previous week's paper
Friday, 4/17/2015
Class discussion: Final review of effective practices.
Bring your lab notebook.
Monday, 4/20/2015
Not a class day, but Assignment for final-principle-review: Mastery of principles (also in PDF) due at 11:59 PM.
Friday, 4/24/2015
Peer review of mastery of principles.
Friday, 5/1/2015
Not a class day, but Assignment for technical-writing: Introduction (also in PDF) due at 11:59 PM.