Technical Writing – WRIT 633

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course helps students develop skill sets for writing about topics in science, medicine, engineering, as well as other technical fields. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming technical and complex information into accessible knowledge for a variety of audiences.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

In the global marketplace increasingly driven by technology and influential corporations, there is a great need for those who can think and communicate well in various professional contexts. Irrespective of whether it is agricultural science, chemical enginering, medicine, or any other complex field, professional and technical communication enables productive work in various areas in the real world. Good communicators make good professionals and are valued by their employers. By developing the student’s understanding of document types, formatting, editing, audience, purpose, writing ethics, and rhetoric, this course will provide students with technical writing fundamentals to enable them to communicate effectively in a range of workplaces. The course sets out to develop writers who understand that exacting diction and tone in technical writing can better prepare the Christian writer to be a clarifying light in a dark world.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and write for a target audience within the context of a Christian worldview.
  2. Develop rhetorical strategies based on writing situations.
  3. Evaluate and implement research resources appropriate to the writing task.
  4. Identify stages required to produce professional and technical writing.
  5. Practice graduate-level writing and editing competence at sentence- and conceptual levels.
  6. Produce documents that demonstrate an appropriate balance between verbal and visual texts.
  7. Deploy presentation software with audio voiceover 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 (3)

The The student will participate in 3 Discussion Boards, each requiring the student to provide an original post of approximately 300-400 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 replies to peers. Follow-up replies to peers must demonstrate critical engagement with the ideas others -- not merely nods of approval such as "good job!"

The initial original post is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the module/week in which it is assigned. Two 250–300-word replies to 2 classmates’ threads are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the same module/week.

Ethics Exercise

Complaint and Adjustment Letters

Audience Analysis

Informal Proposal for Recommendation Report

Recommendation Report

Kaltura PowerPoint Presentation with Audio

Application Letter and Resume