For 13.4.17

These first weeks will offer a special challenge, because for most of you this way of working is new and demanding. So let me assure you that it will be quite already if you do just a little to get started, try to a little bit of each, and then when you see what others have done and we work on these things in class, especially in the discussion groups, and when we organize ourselves in teams so that the more advanced students help those less so, you’ll get the hang of it … as have my students in the past!


I’ve drafted a syllabus and put it on Dropbox, you do well to check it out, it explains the course structure, much of which I’ve introduced in our first class


As in programming, we first build a testing instrument: here, you write up a little bit or a lot of what you’ve done so you can get feedback and know better what to do next!

  • Open the BizInfo syllabus you find in Dropbox, save to your hard drive, then select all and delete all and save it again as your Portfolio Template — which you can then copy for each new week and combine at the end.
  • In the next weeks you’ll learn how to use use the Outline feature of MS Word, and to get a head start please start reading my my advice on Outlining Principles and Outlining Styles, and maybe look up “MS Word YourVersion support outlining”
  • To prepare, start working through the checklist below and keep notes: when you have questions or run into trouble, don’t panic! Look things up or just make a note and ask!
  • And bring your laptops to class every week!
  • You might check out my advice on Portfolios, which next time we’ll review in class

Outlining skills checklist

These are the main things you’ll need to learn in the next couple of weeks

  • Switch views: print, outline
  • Find and memorize the shortcuts for these views
  • Using symbols, create a Sticky or Note of these shortcuts (and all such things)
  • Ask a neighbor to test your use of shortcuts
  • Learn how to shift levels/headings (tab)
  • Learn how to Expand and Collapse levels (learn shortcuts)
  • Learn how to Move lines up and down
  • Learn how to select Display Levels

Saving to Dropbox

  • For each week, write up your homework in a copy of your BizInfo template and save as “yyyymmdd Firstname”.
  • Copy this new file to our Dropbox (keeping the original on your hard drive
  • Include each activity in its own sub-head (Heading 2), as I showed you in class, sub-sub-heads (Heading 3 for sections, and 4 for text, 5 for quotes, and 6 for citations/urls
  • Document enough to make it interesting
  • List one or more questions you might have
  • In each section, identify what you learned and congratulate yourself!

Craft of Research

We’ll survey The Craft of Research so you know what to do and why

  • For this first week, read the first chapter, “Thinking in Print”, it is 7 pages and will likely take you 15 minutes
  • Look for the good reasons they give you to research and write and make notes of those you think interesting and important
  • One way to warm up to writing is to identify your “scene of writing”, what special place and frame of mind you have when you study: this is about developing self-awareness
  • Note-taking is very important, especially the things you think about after you think you are done and heading off to somethings else: the best way to capture such thoughts is to carry a small notebook or take notes on your phone: create a synchronized system for notes on your phone and desktop and start using it for this class (catch thoughts along the way) and document this learning
  • Find an image of a writer, resize to 240 or 360 pixels, and learn how to place it in your Word file, flush right, with text wrapping around it on the left (and print it and put it in one of your writing places; if you don’t know how to do this, I’ll show you in class

Your Research

  • Now on your own, next time In teams, brainstorm your topic (mind map): it could be anything to start, eventually we’ll link it to “business/information/systems”
  • Search “current issues your topic 2016 pwc/etc” for new, completely interesting things in your field
  • Using our Word template, briefly outline your findings at the level of topic (sub-heads) following this illustration, or this


  • Read xxvii-xxxiii, the learner’s introduction and identify one (or more) things you might observe as you learn (life lessons!)
  • Outline some of the first chapter of Head First Excel, what you learn and find interesting, and where you pay attention to HOW they are explaining things
  • Write up your learning and what you might like to learn next
  • Identify your difficulties with Excel, too, as the basis for an exercise to be called “say bye-bye to my fear of technology”


Read some of this to start, come back to it later

  • Feedback, start here, because this is what will help you most: getting support and advice from you, me, and others
  • Evaluation includes the “rubrics” I showed you mapping academic and professional research skills