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ENGL 221 : Technical Report Writing

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Technical Report Writing
This course introduces students to the preparation of formal and informal technical reports, abstracts, proposals, instructions, professional correspondence and other forms of technical communication. Major emphasis is placed on the long technical report and the acquisition of advanced writing skills.

Through written assignments from professional contexts, students will produce a variety of technical communications by means of word-processing systems. Students shall apply the efficient and effective use of word processing and ancillary software by integrating text and graphics into technical documentation. Students who satisfactorily complete this course must be able to express themselves effectively so that even non-experts will understand the message. The course will continue to develop writing skills and techniques that have been introduced in lower-level communication classes.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Plan technical communications activities.

2. Explain the importance of audience analysis in technical communication and be able to apply it in a practical context.

3. Explain and apply the particular conventions of various business correspondences.

4. Identify the unique characteristics of and strategies for electronic correspondence.

5. Explain and apply the basic principles and common components of instructional documentation.

6. Recognize ethical implications in technical communications decisions.

7. Recognize the important role that graphics and other visual elements play in a document.

8. Communicate in writing with minimal spelling and grammar errors.

9. Apply proper APA format and citations.

10. Prepare a formal business proposal in an individual or collaborative team structure.

11. Prepare a formal presentation in an individual or collaborative team structure.

12. Apply good document design and usability principles.

13. Apply technical documentation concepts in a summative project or formal technical report.

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Maryam El-Shall, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Ann Marie Ade - 3/31/2015
Theresa Maue, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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