This is the post for the July 30, 2014 class meeting.
Today, we will look at the assignments for Project 4 and Project 6, which are related to each other. If you do nothing else today, make sure that you read them and understand how they connect!
Class Work for July 30
These are the tasks to complete for today’s work:
- Go over Projects 4 and 6
- List some examples for Project 6
- Look at information on proposals
Getting Started on Projects 4 and 6
The fourth project for this course is a proposal for the work you will do for the sixth project (which is also the final exam).
- Project 4 is an informal proposal. You will research the job application expectations for your field and write an informal proposal that explains a job application project you want to complete.
- Project 6 (your final exam) is your job application materials. You will create whatever job application materials you proposed in Project 4, with my approval. The specifics for this project will be up to you.
The goal for these projects is for you to identify something that you can use and that you need or want to create. I used to ask all students to write a relatively conventional résumé and cover letter. The problem is that you may not need a résumé and cover letter. You might need something like an online portfolio or an internship application. By opening the project up, I can let you write whatever you need or want to create for Project 6 (the final exam).
Because Project 6 is wide open however, I need you to tell me what you plan to work and approve your plan. Project 4 is where you tell me what you need to create and set goals for what you will turn in. You will write an informal, short report that tells me about what people in your field usually write and what you have chosen to create. Your proposal will include levels for C, B, and A work.
So here’s what you need to do to get started:
Read the assignment for Project 4 and 6 completely. Begin thinking about the job application documents you need (or want) to create. You don’t have to commit to anything yet, but start thinking about it.
- If you have any questions (today or in the future) about the assignments, go to the forums:
Examples for Project 6
As I explain in the assignment, I am referring to what you are working on for Project 6 as “job application materials.” In reality, you do not have to create materials for applying for a job. You have many other options. To show you want I mean, I want to tell you about some of the projects that students have done in the past. You don’t have to choose something from this list. The idea is simply to help you understand the options:
- a job posting and a résumé and cover letter you would use to apply for the job
- an internship announcement and the materials you would use to apply for the internship
- a scholarship announcement and the materials you would use to apply for that scholarship
- a before image (PDF) of your LinkedIn profile and a link to your revised LinkedIn profile
- before images of several online profiles (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) and then links to your newly cleaned up profiles
- the link to a website you have built as a portfolio, which provides info about yourself and your accomplishments
- the link to your GitHub repository with descriptions and well-documented code for projects you have done
- the link to your Academia.edu profile, which provides info on your education and projects you have done
- the link to a YouTube video that gives a guided tour of some work that you have done or presentations you have given
This list is just some of the options. You can do whatever makes sense for your field and career goals. You can combine and rearrange things as well. For example, I had some students in the past who cleaned up their existing online profiles and then created a LinkedIn profile to build a professional online persona.
I cannot stress enough that this is your chance to work on a project that you can use now and in the future. I’ve had students, for instance, who told me that their in-major advisors or advisors at Career Services kept telling them they needed to set up profiles on LinkedIn, but they never had time. They used this project to get that work done.
The proposal that you will write for Project 4 is a short, informal report. Chapter 11 of the textbook provides details on more complex proposals than what you are doing. You will often find that textbook descriptions do not match the writing that you do exactly, and this proposal is a good example. The assignment outlines the parts that your proposal needs to include and the relevant details on each section in the text:
- summary (p. 282–283)
- introduction, which explains the findings of your research and your needs (p. 283)
- proposed tasks, that is what you propose to create for Project 6 (p. 283–286)
- task schedule (p. 287–289)
- evaluation techniques (p. 289), which outlines three levels of work:
- Average Work (a C project)
- Above-Average Work (a B project)
- Excellent Work (an A project)
Those are the pages in the chapter to pay the most attention to. You will need to adapt the information to fit what you are doing, but the general information is all there.
More Information To Come
There are more details that I need to provide about these two projects. You probably noticed that I haven’t yet given you details on what you need to do for an A, B, or C for Project 4, for instance. I will share more, and you can ask questions in the forums if you have a burning question that can’t wait. For today, however, I think there’s already a lot of information here, so I will end for now.