This assignment asks you to identify
a specific internship in engineering or a related field and to write
a résumé and cover letter appropriate for that internship.
Although you need not actually send the résumé and
cover letter, you should select an internship opening for which
you are qualified and which is appealing to you. Internship listings
are available at the Counseling and Career Services office as well
as in professional journals and on the Internet.
Write a two-paragraph description and analysis
of the internship you’ve selected.
In the first paragraph, objectively describe the internship: what
are the duties and responsibilities of the intern? what are the
requirements of the position? You can quote from the internship
description that you’ve found, but you shouldn’t simply
reproduce that description; rather, describe the internship mostly
in your own words.
In the second paragraph, analyze the internship. Photocopy the
description of the internship for which you are applying and turn
this in with your assignment. Before you write the résumé
and cover letter, you should carefully read the internship description,
consider the skills and experience desired by the company, and tailor
you résumé and letter to the specific requirements
of the job.
Follow the instructions
and models provided in the CCS Handbook as you create your
résumé. Remember that the purpose of a résumé
is to describe your qualifications for a specific type of job or
internship. Therefore, you should tailor your résumé
to the particular type of position for which you’re applying.
Ideally, the résumé will provide proof that you are
qualified for this type of position and that you would be a capable,
responsible employee who communicates effectively.
The format of your résumé may be traditional or
innovative as long as the information is highly accessible and is
organized in a way that highlights the most important items (from
the employer’s perspective).
While your résumé is
addressed to any employer with a certain type of job opening, the
cover letter is most effective when tailored to a particular employer.
The purpose of the cover letter is to persuade that one employer
to grant you an interview. Follow the guidelines for cover letters
provided in the CCS Handbook. Be sure to reference your
résumé at least once in your cover letter, drawing
out one or more of the significant aspects of your qualifications.
Use a conventional business letter format. If possible, stick to
of this project is to redesign a poorly designed document, and to
write a memo explaining your redesign. For this project, turn in
two items: your redesign of the document, and a memo in which you
address the following questions:
- what were the primary problems with the original
design of the document?
- what specific changes did you make? why did you
make each of these changes? what alternatives did you consider?
- what design principles did you follow in redesigning
- are there any design problems that you were unable
to resolve in your redesign? That is, are there any new or pre-existing
design problems in your redesign?
Consider including a small graphic of the new design
of the document, with arrows and/or numbers indicating changes you
made. Your explanation can then reference this graphic. You might
also consider including a small graphic depicting the old design
of the document, particularly if you intend to make a lot of before/after
After looking at a number
of different online professional portfolios, created by both students
and non-students, choose one to evaluate. The portfolio you choose
to evaluate should ideally be one that helps you make decisions
about the content and design of your own online portfolio.
Your Portfolio Critique
should be written in report format, with the following sections:
Provide the title, location, and authorship of the portfolio. Also
provide a brief (1-2 sentence) summary of its contents and a brief
(1-2 sentence) statement of your overall assessment of the portfolio.
In your assessment, you should discuss both the strengths and weaknesses
of the portfolio. Use this section to introduce your key findings
in the area of content and design.
In this subsection, focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the
portfolio’s content. Are certain sections of the portfolio
stronger than others? Do certain sections seem more relevant than
others? You might also consider the amount, style, and correctness
of the writing in the portfolio.
Begin this subsection by describing the design of the portfolio
(you might consider including a graphic here, to convey a visual
sense of its layout and color scheme). After your objective description,
evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the portfolio’s design,
including its page layout, navigation scheme, color scheme, use
of graphics, font, and other design elements.
In this concluding section, indicate what you have learned from
a close examination of this online portfolio that will help you
in designing your own portfolio. Be specific about the particular
features of content and design that you intend to either mimic or
avoid in your own portfolio.
which you will work on collaboratively with one other student in
the class, asks you to combine photographs and text in order to
provide information about some aspect of UCSB. In class, we will
discuss your options for choosing a topic, but in general you will
choose a place, an event, an issue, or some other aspect of student
life on campus.
Your photo essay should include at least eight (8) original photographs,
each of which has approximately 50-150 words associated with the
image. Arrange the images/text in an order that makes sense. Use
Powerpoint, or HTML, or Flash.
The audience for your photo essay is prospective UCSB students
and their families. You can assume that this audience knows a bit
about UCSB and is interested in knowing more, particularly about
places, issues, and events having to do with student life. Be sure
that your photo essay is designed so as to address this audience
The photo essay is not itself a genre of technical communication;
however the basic skill involved in a photo essay—combining
words and images meaningfully—is an important element of many
different technical genres. Therefore you should pay particular
attention to the way you combine text and photograph in this assignment.
This assignment asks
you to write instructions for operating (either wholly or in part)
a device that you own. You might, for instance, write instructions
for how to set your alarm clock, how to set the time/date on your
watch, or how to take and send a photograph on your cell phone.
The instructions should take up the entirety of either one or two
pages (8 1/2” X 11”). You must have at least one graphic
included in your instructions.
Include the following sections in your instructions (note that
more information about each of these sections is available in Technical
Communication, Chapter 10):
The title should define the procedure for which you're giving instructions.
It usually begins with “How to…” or uses a gerund
(a verb ending in -ing).
Define the purpose of the instructions by talking about the benefits
and significance of the procedure you’re discussing. Describe
the prior knowledge and skills needed by the audience. Provide a
brief summary of the steps involved or an overall description of
Depending on the procedure you’re writing about, you may need
to include other information in the Introduction (for instance,
materials or tools needed, or warnings about possible dangers in
the procedure). See Technical Communication, Chapter 10
for a list of possible content for the introduction.
The individual steps should be in sequential order. If there are
many steps, group related items by using sub-steps. Mark each major
step by numbers, by indentations and white space, and/or by use
of boldface type. Start each step with the verb that directly addresses
the reader and tells the reader what to do. Highlight any dangers,
warnings, cautions, or notes by boxing them or by using bold or
red type or other graphic cues to attract attention.
Use graphics where appropriate to condense or highlight information,
to show relationships, or to clarify instructions at a particular
See Technical Communication, Chapter 10 for possible content
for the conclusion.
At the end of your instructions, indicate any sources you drew from
in writing your instructions, as well as sources where the reader
can go to get more detailed information about the operation you’ve
asks you to create a professional online portfolio to showcase work
that you’ve done in Writing 50E, and perhaps to use in the
future as you progress through your studies at UCSB. You’ll
use the space provided to you in your UWeb account to place your
portfolio and the materials to which your portfolio links.
At the minimum, your online portfolio should include annotated links
to the assignments you did in Writing 50E: the résumé,
document redesign, photo essay, and instructions. Optionally you
may include links to the portfolio critique, to writing assignments
that you did in Writing 2E, and/or to relevant assignments that
you completed in other classes at UCSB. In addition, if you’ve
done any relevant professional work outside of school (for instance,
creating websites or writing technical documents), you may include
annotated links to these as well. (By “annotated” I
mean simply that there is some explanation of what the link is about
on the page that provides the link.)
In class we will discuss strategies for designing the portfolio
effectively, and in our lab sessions we will work with Photoshop
and Dreamweaver so that you have the ability to create an attractive
and professional portfolio. Keep in mind that this is not meant
to be a personal website; rather, the intended audience for this
portfolio is potential employers and others who are interested in
assessing your professional skills. The design of the portfolio
should be appropriate for this audience and purpose.