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Course Overview  Technical Communication introduces students to the critical thinking and writing skills needed in the technical professions. Students learn how to create reader-based documents that meet the needs of their audience, purpose, and context. Through assigned readings, homework, and in-class exercises, students learn how the content, organization, writing style, mechanics, and design of a technical document must be adapted to meet the needs of its audience and to achieve its purpose.

The following represent the of assignments instructors may assign:

To prepare for major written assignments, students complete weekly written homework assignments, including document analysis, drafts of assignments, peer reviews, and online discussions. Class time includes short lectures, small group and large class discussions, short student presentations, analysis of documents, and writing exercises that ask students to critically think about and apply key concepts. Collaborative learning strategies are encouraged with students working together in class and on one major assignment. Throughout the term, students learn and apply writing skills used by technical professionals to create reader-based documents and presentations that have a developed sense of content, organization, writing style, mechanics, and information design.

Course-Specific Learning Outcomes. After taking this class, students will be able to do the following:

  • Identify and summarize key concepts in technical communication
  • Analyze the purpose and features of various genres of technical information
  • Develop documents and presentations based on audience analysis, genre conventions, and information design principles
  • Synthesize information gathered from multiple sources into technical writing and presentations
  • Demonstrate command of vocabulary and facility with conventions of standard written English (grammar, usage, and mechanics) and use an appropriate tone and style to establish the desired relationship and motivate the desired outcome

Textbooks  Instructors may assign one of the following textbooks:

  • Technical Communication Today, 4/E by Richard Johnson-Sheehan. Pearson: 2012
  • Technical Communication, 12/E by John M. Lannon and Laura J. Gurak. Pearson: 2011
  • Practical Strategies for Technical Communication by Mike Markel. Bedford/St. Martin’s: 2013
  • Technical Communication, 12/E by Mike Markel. Bedford/St. Martin’s: 2012

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