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|ENG106 - Technical Writing|
Catalog Description: Examines the special rhetoric of technical communication. Focuses on the fusion of process and product in the organizing of usable information. Considers audience and user needs, information design, visual forms, engaging in description and definition, creating process explanations, developing proposals, organizing reports, and writing instructions. Develops critical thinking skills through analysis of conventions applied in document design. Use of computers required. Prerequisite: ENG101
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.Examine sample technical documents and case studies, to identify--through discussion and short-answer or paragraph-length writing--the rhetorical situations wherein technical writing occurs;
2.*Produce a rubric using at least seven issues or standards (professional technical writing standards and conventions agreed upon across fields, as well as those presented by field-specific organizations) that demonstrates the student's ability to assess document usability;
3.Compose a minimum of 11 documents (definitions, descriptions, process explanations, manuals, training materials, promotional materials, public information materials, proposals, reports, and resumes), to identify document audience(s), differentiate purposes, and demonstrate the ability to design usable documents;
4.Design and compose at least four documents that incorporate both text and visuals, applying information design (hard copy and online) with attention to textual elements, spatial elements, and graphic elements;
5. Demonstrate effective collaborative skills (while locating, recording, organizing, and using information pertinent to a workplace project) by participating in the following group process stages: (1) initial oral discussion and modification of project; (2) determination of team member skills, (3) written progress memos, and (4) completed project in e-format. Students will deliver an oral presentation of the project and post-presentation oral debriefing on the process, to further demonstrate effective collaborative skills.
*This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.
I. Review of English 101 concepts, and introduction to technical communication
II. Collaboration techniques
III. Textually-based writing and using Information Design techniques
A. Discussion of rhetorical situations in technical communication associated with information design;
B. Discussion of specific concepts and accompanying vocabulary which are characteristic of information design;
C. Discussion of impact of various rhetorical situations on writing strategies;
D. Assessment of information design, via development and application of rubrics;
E. Application of information design to a variety of assignments, including case studies, definitions, descriptions, instructions, proposals, reports, correspondence, and resumes.
IV. Instruction by a GCC librarian in research methods, appropriate online databases, and documentation as they apply to research on technical communication.
V. Textual/Visual writing and using Visual Forms
F. Discussion of rhetorical situations in technical communication associated with visual forms;
G. Discussion of specific concepts and accompanying vocabulary which are characteristic of visual forms;
H. Discussion of impact of various rhetorical situations on writing strategies involving visual forms;
I. Assessment of information design, via development and application of rubrics;
J. Application of visual forms to a variety of assignments, including case studies, definitions, descriptions, instructions, proposals, reports, correspondence, and resumes.
Effective Term: Spring 2003