Fall 2009

Course Information: WRIT 4230 / 5230
Section 002, course # 57459 / 45760
We meet from noon-12:50 in MonH 239 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The course home page can be found at: <>

Professor Information:
Dr. Craig Stroupe,, 218-726-6249, Humanities 425, Office Hours Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or by appointment.

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Purposebook cover of Rise of the Creative Class

This class is intended to teach you the aesthetic, cultural, and rhetorical uses of Web-design techniques—including writing. While the class is not primarily focused on technical tools, it is designed assuming that you have no prior knowledge of Web design, and is intended to provide you with introductions and resources to master to the basic skills.

In this class, you will gain practice and expertise in the following areas:

  1. applying principles of rhetoric, design, cultural theory, and creative thinking to your Web-design work and writing;
  2. discussing your work in critically informed ways;
  3. writing critically and knowledgeably about issues and questions raised by the digital culture;
  4. conceiving and carrying out writing/design projects that engage potential audiences on a variety of levels;
  5. participating in and contributing to a community of writer/designers;
  6. learning to develop successful working relationships with clients and support teams, which are especially necessary in the creation of documents for institutions, businesses, and civic organizations;
  7. using a variety of software to create documents for delivery via the Internet.

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Exercises and Projects

This course is organized as a set hands-on projects and exercises, combined with a series of strategic and critical readings. The midterm and final exams give you the opportunity to demonstrate your grasp of the readings and major course concepts.

The Projects
. As described on the Projects Page, the projects are larger pieces that you'll complete individually over a period of two or three weeks using the skills you've learned from the exercises and insights from the readings and class activities. These include a personal home page, an audience-focused informational site, and "Client Project" for a real-life organization, individual, business, professor, or campus unit of your own choosing.

Exact due dates for all requirements are included in the online schedule, which will be updated throughout the semester. Please note that often digital projects will be due on non-class days.

There is a three-point penalty per day for late projects.

We'll do the exercises together in class to learn particular skills or techniques, and you'll have 24 hours after the class meeting (if needed) to complete and post each exercise to the Web for credit.

Midterm and Final Exams
I will give you sample questions and conduct a review session to help you prepare for the final exam.

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Other Expectations

In addition completing the exercises, designing and producing the projects, and taking the exam, you will earn credit through:


On days when readings are assigned, please do the following:


Since this class will function as a community of writer-designers, your regular attendance is absolutely necessary.


A larger goal of this course is to establish a community or network of writer-designers—with a wide variety of backgrounds, expertise, and interests—to enhance your learning and enjoyment in the class. The class is designed to provide a number of avenues for this community building, including peer workshopping and critiquing, in-class "studio sessions," support groups, and various Internet-based communications and collaborations. Your sincere and regular contributions to maintaining this collaborative environment will count in your grade and of course will greatly benefit your final products in the course.

Because your work is the subject matter for this course, turning in all projects and writings precisely on time is critical; work turned in late will be assessed a 3% penalty per day.

Special Needs

If you have a disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect your performance in this class, please notify me at the beginning of the semester. Methods, material, or testing will be adapted as required for equitable participation.


Incompletes for the semester will be given only in the following very limited circumstances:

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Please see UMD's pages concerning these two issues:

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