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Course Code: MAPP502 Course ID: 4677 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The art of good public writing involves many stages: good memos and grant proposals do not just “happen” overnight. And competent reports or engaging press releases do not constitute everything you know about their central subject. They are the product of much thought, research and frequently much revision. The good news is that, like any technique, it is one that can be learned through practice and useful feedback. MAPP 502 is designed to provide just this, with a special emphasis on developing self-evaluation techniques for you to draw from and use professionally long after you have completed your Master’s degree.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
03/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 09/05/2022 - 10/30/2022 September Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/2022 - 11/04/2022 11/07/2022 - 01/01/2023 November Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
07/25/2022 - 12/30/2022 01/02/2023 - 02/26/2023 January Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session
08/29/2022 - 02/03/2023 02/06/2023 - 04/02/2023 February Winter 2023 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to meet the following learning objectives:

  1. Develop your professional writing skills in the context of policy making/public administration and refine a variety of these skills through writing different types of policy papers.
  2. Examine how to find and cite reliable sources in public communications and appreciate some of the central laws on clear writing for policy and public service purposes.
  3. Identify the key components in different types of public writing genres as well as isolate good and bad techniques in one’s own writing and that of others.
  4. Apply an appropriate writing style to effectively communicate policy recommendations for different audiences and their diverse policy situations.
  5. Develop critical analytic skills further through wide reading, using different perspectives and effectively incorporating the work of others in your writing, including good citation practice.
  6. Describe how to plan, research for, structure and write an incisive policy brief, a persuasive grant proposal, a detailed white paper, and an engaging press release.

Self Introduction: The first forum includes a self-introduction, which should include your name, where you are located (country, state, or city), what your current job title is, where you received your undergraduate degree and in what field, any information you care to share about your family and hobbies, and what you hope to get out of the course. Note that the exercise at the end of Lesson 1 asks you to conduct some reflections on your introduction essay after you have written it but before you upload it.

This introduction needs to be at least 250 words and posted by midnight SUNDAY during the first week of the class. Do not attach your posting to the forum, type it into the comments box. Failure to complete this forum by the end of the first week of class will result in you being dropped from the course. You must respond to at least three of your classmates.

Forum Questions: You will have 9 forum questions, 2 the first week and 1 per week the rest of the course. For our forum discussions we will be dealing with questions and writing tasks raised in the required readings and explained in the lessons. They should include references where appropriate to evidence your claims, data, facts or judgments, preferably from scholarly journals that can be found on the APUS online library under EBSCO or JSTOR. If you reference a government agency please give their website.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Thursday each week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

Assignments:

There are five written assignments in this course. You will be expected to write a policy brief, a grant proposal, a white paper, a press release, and a social media post. Each assignment is explained more fully on the assignment tab. The criteria for evaluating the writing assignments are based on the Graduate Assignment Rubric, which can be found by clicking the iRubric icon for that assignment.

NameGrade %
Discussions 30.00 %
Week 1: Introduction 0.37 %
Week 1: Public Writing 3.70 %
Week 2: Guidelines Sources and Planning your Public Communications 3.70 %
Week 3: Memos 3.70 %
Week 4: Proposals 3.70 %
Week 5: Reports 3.70 %
Week 6: Budget justification 3.70 %
Week 7: Newsletter 3.70 %
Week 8: Press Release Social Media 3.70 %
Policy Brief 25.00 %
Policy Brief (wk 3) 25.00 %
Grant Proposal 25.00 %
Grant proposal (wk 4) 25.00 %
Press Release 10.00 %
Press Release (wk 7) 10.00 %
Social Media Entry 10.00 %
Social Media Entry (Week 8) 10.00 %

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to meet the following learning objectives:

  1. Develop your professional writing skills in the context of policy making/public administration and refine a variety of these skills through writing different types of policy papers.
  2. Examine how to find and cite reliable sources in public communications and appreciate some of the central laws on clear writing for policy and public service purposes.
  3. Identify the key components in different types of public writing genres as well as isolate good and bad techniques in one’s own writing and that of others.
  4. Apply an appropriate writing style to effectively communicate policy recommendations for different audiences and their diverse policy situations.
  5. Develop critical analytic skills further through wide reading, using different perspectives and effectively incorporating the work of others in your writing, including good citation practice.
  6. Describe how to plan, research for, structure and write an incisive policy brief, a persuasive grant proposal, a detailed white paper, and an engaging press release.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.