The Professional and Technical Writing Program (PTW) Senior Portfolio

The purpose of a senior portfolio requirement is to showcase students’ development at the end of the program. The senior portfolio process includes a presentation by students, which is evaluated by the PTW director, two PTW instructors, and two members of either the PTW advisory board or community members who have worked with PTW students in the past. This requirement allows students to illustrate their growth in terms of the goals and the outcomes statements of the PTW program.

Department of English
Professional & Technical Writing (PTW) Emphasis for English Majors 
irector: Dr. K. Alex Ilyasova
Office: Columbine Hall 1047 
Email: kilyasov@uccs.edu 
Phone: (719) 255 4037 
Department Website: http://web.uccs.edu/english/

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PTW Senior Portfolio and Presentation Requirements

I. PTW SENIOR PORTFOLIO

What is the senior portfolio?

The senior portfolio is a compilation of the written, visual, digital, and design work that represents you as a professional/technical communicator. Print portfolios are required. Electronic portfolios are not accepted at this time. Sample portfolios are available in the Director’s office. Ask the English department assistant to view them.

Who is my audience?

The primary audience is the program director and PTW instructors. The secondary audiences consist of potential employers or graduate school admissions officers.

What is my purpose?

Your purpose is to demonstrate who you are as a professional/technical communicator.

When and where is it due?

Senior portfolios are due at the time of your portfolio presentation.

Can I get my portfolio back?

Yes. You can pick up your portfolio from the English office following the semester you graduate. If you want your portfolio mailed to you, you must leave a self-addressed mailing package with postage in the English office. The portfolio will be kept in the department for a semester.

What if I don’t complete a portfolio?

Your diploma and transcripts will remain in the Registrar’s office until the program director advises the Registrar that you have completed this requirement. This means you will not graduate until you submit the portfolio and do your presentation.

 

II. PTW SENIOR PORTFOLIO TRANSMITTAL LETTER

What is the transmittal letter?

This formal letter explains the purpose of your portfolio, summarizes key points about your work, and thanks those who have assisted you.

Who is my audience?

The primary audience is the program’s faculty. The secondary audiences consist of potential employers or graduate school admissions officers.

To whom do I address the letter?

Address the letter to the PTW program faculty.

Where does the letter go?

Place the letter immediately after your portfolio title page.

 

III. PTW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

What is the professional development history?

The professional development history is a 750-1000 word description of your growth as a professional/technical communicator. You may draw on experiences in classes, internships, the STC Organization, and jobs to chronicle key moments of your development.

Who is my audience?

Your audience is the PTW program director.

Where does the professional development history go?

Place the history in a manila folder, separate from the portfolio.

 

IV. PTW SENIOR PRESENTATION

What is the senior presentation?

The senior oral presentation is a recorded 20-minute public presentation of your professional identity as it is documented in your work.

Who is my audience?

You will present to the PTW program director and faculty and members from the advisory board. Members of the advisory board include individuals from area businesses and organizations.

What is my purpose?

Your purpose is to demonstrate who you are as a professional/technical communicator. The portfolio is not the subject of your presentation as much as it should provide a means for you to represent your professional identity.

Your purpose is not to walk through your portfolio, page by page, but to demonstrate how it showcases your best work and your expertise as a professional/technical communicator. You may use your portfolio, electronic projection, posters, overhead transparencies, or other means you believe appropriate to accomplish this purpose.

Why is my presentation archived?

The presentation is archived to provide the PTW program with a demonstration of each graduating student’s oral competencies. More importantly, your recording can provide you with an example of your presentation skills for potential employers or graduate school admissions committees. The program will provide the recording equipment.

Where are the presentations?

Generally, one of the smart classrooms in Columbine is reserved for these presentations. It offers Internet access and equipment for presentations. If you prefer, you may reserve the conference room on the first floor in Columbine instead. Contact the English Department office at least two weeks in advance of your presentation to schedule this room.

How do I prepare?

Practice before you present. Be prepared for questions. Dress in business casual. Be familiar with the room and the equipment you’ll use. Plan an alternative format for your presentation in case technology fails.

What do I bring?

Bring your portfolio and professional development history.

Will I be graded?

You will be evaluated, although you will not receive a formal letter grade.

How and when do I sign up?

A sign-up list will be posted in the English department office during the first weeks of the semester. Presentations will be scheduled for finals week. You are encouraged to sign-up for your presentation early.

What if I don’t complete a presentation?

Your diploma and transcripts will remain in the Registrar’s office until the program director advises the Registrar that you have completed this requirement. This means you will not graduate until you complete the presentation.