Course Description

This is the second of two capstone courses in the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor. At the end of this course, you’ll have a print and an online portfolio of your writing in a variety of professional genres representing the range of work that you’ve done as a Writing Minor, as a student in other courses, and as an intern. The major project in this course–building your own professional website–focuses on efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and affordable ways of making a website.

The assignments in the course ask you to engage in activities that will help you improve as a writer in print and multimedia; specifically, you’ll be asked to

    • edit and redesign documents;
    • learn HTML and CSS in order to design and code standards-compliant websites;
    • compose and design a portfolio of professional documents;
    • and continue developing facility with a variety of software programs.

The syllabus, schedule, assignments, readings, and resources for the course can be found on the Web at http://sorapure.net/155b. This website will be updated regularly.


The assignments for the course constitute your final grade, roughly as follows:

      • Professional Website: 50%
      • Multimedia Project: 30%
      • Print Portfolio: 20%

Important Information

    • Our class meets from 11:00-12:15 or from 12:30-1:45 in the Phelps 1518. If you can’t make it to one class, you’re welcome to come to the other as we’ll be doing more or less the same thing and I’ll be telling the same jokes in each class.
    • Because much of the work of the course will be done during class time, your attendance and participation are very important. You are allowed two absences; after that, your final grade will be lowered by one grade for each absence (e.g., if you are absent 3 times, an A becomes an A-; if you are absent 4 times, an A becomes a B+).
    • If you arrive late to class, I count that as half an absence.
    • Remember that even if you are absent you are responsible for any work that is done during class and for any assignments that are given or are due during class. Call a classmate, call me, send me an e-mail, or come by my office during my office hours to find out what you missed.
    • The syllabus specifies the date and time that assignments are due. Late assignments will be accepted but their grade will be reduced for each late day. For example, a project that would have gotten an A if it was turned in on time will get an A- later that day or one day late, a B+ two days late, a B three days late, and so on.
    • Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you plagiarize on any of the assignments you will fail the class and will be subject to disciplinary action by the University.