Two parts to this project:
1) After reading chapter 7 in Technical Communication, construct an online survey of four or five questions on any topic of your choosing (anything at all is fine: evaluating President Trump's performance; the popularity of soccer in the USA; eating habits: cooking at home vs. fast food vs. takeout vs. restaurant dining; or anything else you might genuinely want to solicit opinions on).
- You should include a mixture of closed- and open-ended questions (perhaps just one open-ended: see Technical Communication. pp. 140-41 and Handbook of Technical Writing pp. 452-57).
- You should use a free online survey-building tool such as surveymonkey.com or 123contactform.com. If you are a new user, you will need to create an account.
- Solicit input from at least five people via email (friends and family members are fine), cc'ing me in your "cover email" requesting participation in the survey (see sample on Handbook of Technical Writing p. 454). It's okay to inform your invitees that the survey is a project for this class.
- Record the survey results in a one-page memo addressed to me.
Note: I am happy to help if you have questions or difficulties with the online form-builder (surveymonkey or 123contactform or other). You should expect a few frustrations if you are unfamiliar with constructing online surveys, but do not waste significant time needlessly when I am happy to help!
2) After reading chapter 8 in Technical Communication, see the one "General" project on p. 167. Find examples of any four of the different types of distortion or interpretive errors listed in the bullet points, either from the media, personal experience, the Internet, or social media. Write a brief explanation of the distortion or interpretive error for each example separately (two or three sentences max), being sure to cite your sources as necessary. Put your work in memo form addressed to me, and I will share your document with the class. Refer to the Handbook on Technical Writing for guidance on documenting source material (MLA format is okay, but not required: just be consistent in your method of documenting sources).
Email me if you have questions, or see me in the office for my input on your work before submitting it.
Submit both assignments separately to the Individual project 2 dropbox in D2L.