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Project 4 Overview

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This is the post for the week of March 29, 2015.

Readings for the week of March 29

For this week, please read the following as needed:

Work for the week of March 29

  • Choose your focus for Project 4, following the advice in Step One of the assignment. Consider the various kinds of writing you can examine in your report, and choose one that you have not yet written in your career but that you want to know how to write.

  • Write your proposal, following the instructions on the Genre Analysis Proposal page. If you need an extension, take advantage of the 2-day grace period for daily work. The proposal is an important part of the process, since it makes sure that you’re on the right track before you dive into writing the actual report, which is worth 15% of your course grade.

  • Begin your research for the project, and be sure to keep track of your sources for your bibliography. This is a large project, so I encourage you to work steadily over the next month, rather than waiting until the last minute.


Writing Proposals for Job Apps

Writing Proposals for Job Apps published on

This is the post for the week of March 1, 2016.

Readings for the week of March 1

Work for the week of March 1

  • Go to the What Would You Propose? Discussion in Canvas, and post your responses.

  • Examine the Example Proposal for Job Application Materials to see the kind of information to include in your proposal. The example is an extensive proposal that would earn an A. The proposal is worth 50 points of your grade for Project 3. Here are some related tips:

    • Be sure that you include all the required sections, as explained in the proposal instructions.

    • Document outside resources that you consult as you research job application materials for your field. You do not need to document conversations or the class texts; but do note any other resources (e.g., books, websites) you consult. You can use whatever documentation format you are most familiar with. Here are some tools if you are unsure what to use:
  • Submit your proposal by 11:59 PM on Monday, March 14. Early submission is recommended if you are thinking of a job application project that might be unusual. Follow the submission instructions to turn in your work. The grace period for the proposal ends at 11:59 PM on Monday, March 21.

  • Watch for feedback after you turn in your proposal. I have never had to turn a proposal down, but I do ask for changes occasionally. You are responsible for the suggestions included in the feedback.


Proposal for Job Application Materials

Proposal for Job Application Materials published on

Contributes 50 Points to Your Job Application Project Grade

Calendar IconImportant Dates

  • March 14: Informal Proposal due by 11:59 PM
  • March 21: Grace period for the proposal ends at 11:59 PM


File icon showing an outlineoutline the activities that you want to complete for your job application materials project Calendar icon with clockset a specific schedule and list of deliverables Award platform icon, showing first, second, and third placesuggest evaluation criteria for your job application materials

The Proposal Assignment

Write a short, informal proposal that tells me what you want to create for Project 3. Check out the Project 3 Examples for tips and some projects that will work. A rubric for the proposal will be provided in the next week.

LENGTH: Try to keep it to four pages or less. You could be a little longer if you have included a lot of charts, graphs, or other illustrations. Bottom line: include enough details for me to understand and approve your proposal, but do not add unnecessary filler.

FILE FORMAT: You can work in any word processor, as long as you can save your file as either a *.doc, a *.docx, or a *.pdf file.

STRUCTURE: Your proposal should include the following sections:

  • summary (Markel, pp. 282–283)
  • introduction, which explains the findings of your research and your needs (Markel, p. 283)
  • proposed tasks, that is what you propose to create for Project 3 (Markel, pp. 283–286)
  • task schedule (Markel, pp. 287–289)
  • evaluation techniques (Markel, p. 289 and more info & examples), which outlines three levels of work for Project 3:
    • Average Work ( a C project)
    • Above-Average Work (a B project)
    • Excellent Work (an A project)

SUBMISSION: Upload your file in the Assignment tool on Canvas, following these instructions:

  1. Go to Assignments in Canvas.
  2. Choose "Proposal for Job Application Materials" (under Project 3).
  3. Click the big Submit Assignment button on the upper right. You’ll see this File Upload form:
  4. Click the Choose File button, and navigate to your proposal file. It must be a *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf file.
  5. Skip the Comments… box (indicated by the orange arrow) for this activity, unless there is something special you need to tell me.
  6. Click the Submit Assignment button, and your proposal will be uploaded and turned in.
  7. If you need to make any changes to your plan, I will let you know in the comments on your proposal, so be sure to read the feedback that I send.


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