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ENG 302 Iowa State ISU Faculty & Staff Tentative Recommendation MEMO

ENG 302 Iowa State ISU Faculty & Staff Tentative Recommendation MEMO

Question Description

1. read a4 then half page reflection

Learning Objectives for Assignment

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze performance on previous assignment to identify areas of strength and in need of improvement.
  • Process their learning to articulate the benefit and value of concepts to future professional communication.

Rhetorical Situation of Assignment

  • Genre: Memo
  • Audience: Primary (yourself)
  • Purpose: Reflection plays a key role in both academic and professional life: Taking the time to step back from the torrent of tasks and information allows us to process and synthesize experiences, activities, and products. In other words, we cease engaging with mere information and begin to consider meaning. We come to contemplate and consider how we have evolved, what we have learned, and where we would like to head. With this reflection on the previous assignment, you will discuss your learning and take-aways from it, along with your performance on it.

Description of Assignment

Please write a memo, lasting no more than a page, in which you reflect on and discuss the previous assignment in terms of what you have learned and intend to apply in the future. Discuss important concepts or practices that you believe will prove useful in the future. In addition, consider the assignment you submitted for a grade and feedback: What went well with it, and what would you like to improve? Explore and consider what you would like to keep in mind and do better in the future as a professional communicator.

With your reflection, please note that there is no right or wrong answer; this open-ended prompt will allow you to concentrate on what is most meaningful or relevant to your learning and growth as a communicator and a student. What is most important is that you take the time to explore and consider your experience with and understanding of the content and the concepts of the relevant assignment, along with your performance on it.

Expectations for Assignment

  • Thoughtful and detailed support for observations about learning
  • Engagement with what you have learned, what you did well, and what you could do better
  • Demonstration of growth mindset by exercising positive emphasis and maintaining goodwill toward self
  • Awareness and application of best practices with document design (HATS framework, etc.)

Questions to Ask for Assignment

  • What were some key concepts from this previous unit and/or assignment that I would like to keep in mind and apply in the future?
  • With this previous assignment, where did I do well, and where could I perhaps improve in the future?
  • How can I design a user-friendly and engaging document by considering and accounting for the HATS framework for document design?

2. finish a 2 page eassy by rubric

Assignment 5 (Topic Proposal)

100 points (10% of total grade)

Learning Objectives for Assignment

Students will be able to:

  • Present and justify a tentative recommendation.
  • Explain the feasibility and viability of a tentative recommendation.
  • Describe the workflow associated with the group project.

Rhetorical Situation of Assignment

  • Genre: Memo
  • Audience: Primary (Dr. Martino Harmon, Senior VP Student Affairs; Dr. Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Associate Provost for Academic Programs; and Dr. Vernon Hurte, AVP Student Affairs/Dean of Students)
    • Please note that you will not actually communicate with the audience designated for this assignment; you are only doing so hypothetically.
  • Purpose: This assignment asks you to practice proposal argumentation. The case scenario also requires you to use critical thinking and problem-solving strategies to respond effectively to your audience’s needs within the given context of the assignment. You and your group will analyze a real rhetorical setting and reflect objectively on the current setting and its norms. You will propose a tentative recommendation to improve the experience of either students or faculty/staff at ISU.

Description of Assignment

Context: Campus Climate

In October of 2017, a university-wide survey was conducted to gather actionable intelligence on ISU community members’ perceptions of the living, learning, and working environment at Iowa State. In particular, results of that survey were to provide a basis for developing new policies and initiatives that would enhance and improve the campus climate in alignment with Iowa State’s strategic plan and principles of community. As part of this campus climate improvement initiative, President Wendy Wintersteen charged Dr. Martino Harmon (Senior VP Student Affairs), Dr. Ann Marie VanDerZanden (Associate Provost for Academic Programs), and Dr. Vernon Hurte (AVP Student Affairs/Dean of Students) with moving forward on actionable information from the survey results in order to address the experiences of ISU community members in these areas: (1) new student success, (2) campus climate, (3) diversity, (4) inclusion, and (5) equity.

Overall Group Project

As part of its continuous improvement effort, ISU is now actively seeking recommendations from students for how to further improve the experience of students and faculty/staff on campus. Thus, your team has been selected and tasked to identify, define, and investigate a campus problem and its impact on the Iowa State community. For the group project, your team will advance a recommendation to the institution to address and alleviate a concern from the campus climate survey. Utilizing primary and secondary research, your team is to develop viable solutions and provide recommendations for the proposed issue for either students or faculty/staff (or both) your group has chosen to solve. Your recommendation should positively impact Iowa State University socially and environmentally.

Assignment Five Specifically

You will first compose a proposal (A5) on your hypothesis (tentative recommendation) and for your work on the recommendation report (A6). This proposal will aim to present and explain your hypothesis (tentative recommendation) and research process for the recommendation report (A6). This proposal will seek to obtain permission from university administrators to pursue research into the feasibility and appropriateness of the tentative recommendation, your hypothesis for addressing and alleviating a concern from the campus climate survey. The proposal should remind the audience of the issue from the campus climate survey, present the hypothesis, and articulate the research methods to be used to explore the viability of that hypothesis:

  1. Problem – Issue on Campus: Your understanding of the problem facing students or faculty/staff.
  2. Solution (Hypothesis) – Tentative Recommendation: Your tentative recommendation to address the problem.
  3. Research Process: Your plan for research and development to explore and consider that hypothesis in terms of feasibility and impact.

The proposal for the recommendation report will:

  • Discuss the problem and opportunity (your hypothesis in the form of a tentative recommendation for addressing the issue).
  • Discuss tentative ideas about the feasibility and impact of implementing the hypothetical recommendation.
  • Describe the research methods to be used to further explore and dive into the topic and to determine the feasibility and viability of the tentative recommendation, along with its impact on stakeholders.
  • Offer a “Plan B” recommendation in the event that the tentative recommendation appears unfeasible or too problematic for certain implicated stakeholders.
  • List authoritative, academic sources to aid research of this problem and the development of recommendations.
  • Avoid biased language and stereotyping.
  • Demonstrate clear understanding of the rhetorical setting and audiences.

Expectations for Assignment

Your informal proposal should follow memo format and include eight of the major project proposal slots defined by Locker and. These slots include:

  1. Problem/Opportunity
  2. Feasibility
  3. Audience
  4. Topics to Investigate
  5. Methods/Procedure
  6. Qualifications
  7. Work Schedule
  8. Call to Action

The proposal should demonstrate a clear understanding of the intended audience and make use of you-attitude and positive emphasis. A detailed breakdown of each section can be found on pages 473-4 in your textbook. A sample proposal in memo format can be found on pages 475-8.

Questions to Ask for Assignment

  • What is our tentative recommendation?
  • Why is this tentative recommendation viable and feasible?
  • How will this tentative recommendation positively impact the Iowa State campus and the target audience (students or faculty/staff)?
  • How will our group proceed about researching and developing the final recommendation report?

Relevant Learning Objectives for Class

  • Apply writing skills to varied, new genres in communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Identify and define effective document design and techniques appropriate to business communication.
  • Create documents using formatting techniques and technologies appropriate to specific disciplines.
  • Develop strategic approaches to various genres of business communication based on organizational cultures, contexts, and expectations (e.g. memos, emails, proposals, report, executive summaries, etc.)
  • Identify and apply effective interpersonal and group communication skills.
  • Practice value and respect for diverse perspectives.
  • Organize and plan effective collaborative projects.
  • Create effective professional documents collaboratively (e.g., planning, drafting, designing, revising, and editing)
  • Recognize how ethical issues influence research, presentation of source material, design, and documentation practices in your discipline.
  • Analyze ethical principles for professional communicators through case discussions.
  • Incorporate effective ethical principles in all modes of professional communication.

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