Technical Writing – WRIT 403

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This introductory course helps students develop skill sets for writing for diverse audiences in various technical fields.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Global employers need competent writers who can communicate organizational mission and processes to a variety of audiences internal and external to the organization. By developing the student’s understanding of document types, formatting, editing, audience, purpose, writing ethics, and effective argumentation, this course will provide students with technical writing fundamentals to enable them to communicate effectively in a range of workplaces. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze and write for a target audience using American Psychological Association (APA) style.
  2. Evaluate and implement research resources appropriate to the writing task.
  3. Develop grammatically-correct college-level writing and editing competence at sentence and conceptual levels.
  4. Produce documents that demonstrate an appropriate balance between format and content.
  5. Deploy presentation software for specific purposes.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in two (2) Discussion Board Forums, each requiring the student to provide an original post of approximately 300 words, which must demonstrate comprehension of and engagement in course content. Original posts must be well-reasoned responses to instructor questions posed, with supporting documentation from course readings, presentations, and other carefully evaluated sources. Students must cite and reference all borrowed words and ideas in original- and follow-up evaluations of other students’ postings using APA formatting. Student's must also write one 300-word evaluation to a classmate’s thread. Evaluations to other students’ postings must demonstrate critical engagement with the ideas and writing of others -- not merely nods of approval such as "good job!"  

Inquiry Letter and Response to Inquiry Letter (1 each)

The student will write a practice query to a reservation manager at a hotel for a quarterly meeting for research managers. The student will then respond to his/her own query as if he/she were the reservation manager at the hotel. 

Recommendation Report

The student will write a recommendation report about an upcoming research project. The report must be 10 pages long, creative, with at least 3 authoritative sources cited and referenced in current APA format.

Memorandum

The student will write a professional memo containing negative information to the employees of a company. The memo but be professional, with all required headings, and in the "bad news format."

PowerPoint Presentation with Outline

The student will create a 15-minute PowerPoint extemporaneous presentation on his/her formal recommendation report. The PowerPoint must have at least 5 slides. The student will also prepare a full outline for the presentation.

Application Letter and Résumé

The student will write a one-page Word-document job-application (or cover) letter for a position after graduation. The student will also include a 1–2 page resume in the same Word document.

Midterm Exam

The student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to choose the correct answers to 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions.

Final Exam

The student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to choose the correct answers to 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions.