TR 2:00-3:20 pm
The purposes and practice of expository writing in the professions, with particular emphasis on writing related to each student’s major. Topics include audience analysis, communication ethics, collaboration, information design, technical editing, and major kinds of documents (letters, memos, instructions, proposals, and reports).
Technical communication is the process of creating, designing, and transmitting technical information so that people can understand it easily and use it effectively and efficiently. This course will enable students to produce professional documents that are written clearly, concisely, and correctly.
Students will practice and demonstrate
Each skill set and corresponding assignment will be based on rhetorical principles such as audience-analysis, organization, and style, and on concepts of document design.
Click here to view English Department Goals and Objectivesaddressed in this course.
A1: Electronic Communication/Letter of Inquiry 100
A2: Revise Memo Using Word Processing Tools
A3: Research Exercise
A4: Research Project Proposal
A5: Editing Exam
A6: Ethics Case Recommendation Memo
A7: Project Recommendation Report
Attendance and Participation (2 points per week)
This class will use the following grading system:
Part of your grade is based on submitting assignments on time. If a problem arises preventing you from submitting an assignment on time, e-mail me before the due date explaining the problem and indicate when I should expect the assignment. Then, email me with your assignment attached; the absence of the email will cost you a half grade per day (A becomes an A-, B- minus a C+). The greatest incentive for submitting assignments on time, however, is that this class moves quickly. Late work inevitably leads to more problems down the line. Therefore, work will be accepted late only in exceptional cases.
Since much of the work we do this semester is hands-on experience and/or group projects, attendance is required. Excessive (more than three unexcused) absences will reduce your final grade and may cause you to be dropped from the course. This course is designed to be a bridge between the academic and professional worlds; therefore, you are expected to cultivate a professional presence in the class and online. Please be on time, be prepared with the day’s readings and assignments, and be ready to actively engage the instructor and your classmates in class discussions and in the discussion forum. Three assignments in this course will include collaboration: A2, A4, and A6. Leaders in business, industry, and government understand the importance of collaboration and expect university graduates to have the skills and experience collaborating with people from various backgrounds, disciplines, and cultures.
In this class, you will practice editing documents according to Standard English and Plain Language guidelines. Because this is an upper level course, you should have mastered English grammar by this point in your academic career. Early in the semester, you will have an opportunity to brush up on your writing and grammar skills; however, after that, we move on to more challenging elements of style. Therefore, if you have difficulty with particular aspects of English usage, please consult Part C of the appendix of the textbook, Technical Communication, and take advantage of the online grammar and writing resources linked in this wiki. Two particularly useful web sites for writing and grammar exercises are the Guide to Grammar & Writing and Exercise Central. A few hours of dedicated study will often clear up grammar problems in your writing