(ENGL 316) Technical Writing
Technical writing is focused on communicating complex and technical information used within and across a large variety of fields. In its simplest form, it is writing that requires direction, instruction, or explanation. Requires various forms of professional writing, including a research project.
|Credit Hours||3.0 Lecture|
|Prerequisites||English – professional writing majors and professional writing minor students only|
|Programs||Professional Writing Minor|
Course Learning Outcomes
In their writing:
- Develop persuasive thought by asserting and supporting a central purpose in their writing.
- Address different audiences and purposes through various kinds of writing.
- Implement effective document design, including an ability to convey complex information visually.
In their reading:
- Read texts critically and analytically.
- Analyze purpose, audiences, and the selected mode of delivery for each reading.
- Identify and examine various aspects of persuasion including the use of logical, emotional, and character appeals in both written and visual forms.
- Use sample documents to develop functional, contextual and critical understanding of technical and professional writing genres.
In their research:
- Research a topic relevant to the theme of the class.
- Search and critically evaluate all relevant search sources.
- Employ effective research tools, such as discipline-specific search engines and annotated bibliographies.
- Understand plagiarism and avoid it.
- Select and integrate information and quotes from sources into a significant project.
- Provide complete, accurate documentation for source uses.
In their thinking:
- Critique the thinking and writing of other students.
- Understand principles of ethical communication to guide or temper their analysis and creation of texts.
- Present and defend their own ethical communication choices to others in the class, orally and in writing groups.