This is an individual writing assignment based on your team’s collaborative project. Each team member should write a short memo of no more than 250-words addressed to Prof. Ellis that describes what research responsibility he/she has been delegated or volunteered to do this week for the team project and include three IEEE references to articles and/or ebooks found through the City Tech Library that might be useful for your team’s research. Copy-and-paste your memo into a comment made to this post.
After watching this week’s lecture and reading Prof. Ellis’ “Reply-All” email with your new team assignments, each team should have one member create a folder on Google Drive and share it with the other team members. Then, create a Google Doc inside your team’s shared folder to write a memo together about your team’s project topic deliberations and the topic that you ultimately chose. Each team member should then copy-and-paste the memo into a comment added to this post. Remember: Each team member will copy-and-paste the same memo that you wrote together.
TO: Prof. Ellis FROM: Hari Seldon, Mose Ellis, and Moomin Papa DATE: 11/17/2021 SUBJECT: Team Project Topic Write one sentence stating the purpose of this memo. Then, write about the topics that you considered and ultimately the topic that your team picked for your research report. This only needs to be 250 words.
NB: Wednesday office hours are cancelled this week. Email Prof. Ellis with any questions or to setup an alternate office hour time.
There is no Weekly Writing Assignment this week. Focus on completing your Instruction Manual draft in Google Docs for sharing and peer review next week. We will discuss this in the Week 10 Lecture.
City Tech PLAN Week, November 1 — 5, 2021
During PLAN week, we offer information to help you plan your next steps—from choosing classes and learning how to register to finding out where to get support and make connections within the college. Don’t miss this opportunity to create a successful and personal PLAN. Also, by completing PLAN Week daily forms, you will be entered in a raffle pool for $50 MasterCard gift cards. If you participate all 5 PLAN Week questionnaires, you will be entered for a grand prize of $300. We recommend that you set aside 20-30 minutes a day this week, and watch one video and follow it by answering the corresponding response form.
Friday, November 5: PLAN to get involved by watching How to Get Involved (video coming soon!)and respond here.
All of the videos and forms are available from now until Sunday, November 7 at https://www.citytech.cuny.edu/advisement/library.aspx. Any responses filled out by midnight on the seventh will be eligible for the raffle. Good luck, and start planning!
Hello, all! Mid-semester grades are available via the “Check My Grade” link on the left side of our OpenLab Course Site. These grades do not appear on your transcript. They are intended to show you how you are doing in the class. In some cases, they confirm that you are doing well, and in other cases, they serve as a wake-up call. They are based on completing major projects on-time and keeping up with the Weekly Writing Assignments and homework.
Write a 250-word memo addressed to Prof. Ellis with the subject, “Other Sections for Instruction Manual,” in which you strategize what other sections to include in your instruction manual document. Below, you will find some suggestions. Also, look at the Instructions chapter and Instruction examples in David McMurrey’s Online Technical Writing Textbook for models that you can look to about how they are organized. Copy-and-paste your memo into a comment made to this post.
1.0 Introduction 1.1 Purpose 1.2 Intended Audience 1.3 Scope 1.4 Organization Description 1.5 Conventions (abbreviations, left/right) 1.6 Motivation (answers the “so what” question) 1.7 Safety and Disclaimers 2.0 Description of the Equipment 2.1 Illustration of the Equipment 2.2 Description of the Equipment’s Parts 3.0 List of Materials and Equipment Needed 3.1 Illustration of the Parts Needed to Carry Out the Instructions 3.2 Tools needed 3.3 Table of the parts with description of each 4.0 Directions 4.1 Assemble the Skateboard 4.1.1 Step 1 (don’t write Step 1--write a brief statement on what the first step is) 4.1.2 Step 2 4.1.3 Step 3...Step n (write as many steps--briefly--as you can think of--you can fill this list out later) 5.0 Troubleshooting 6.0 Glossary 7.0 Reference List
To help with this week’s Weekly Writing Assignment below, study and make notes on the commonalities between the instruction manuals discussed in last week’s class.
Sample Instruction Manuals
- LEGO Instructions
- IKEA Instructions
- ASUS B550 Motherboard Instructions
- Multimeter Instructions
- Examples of Instructions and User Manuals in David McMurrey’s Online Technical Writing Textbook
- Prof. Ellis’ Skateboard Assembly
- Prof. Ellis’ Lightsaber Assembly
- Prof. Ellis’ Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Computer Assembly