SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 7:01:33 PMENGL 84A Course Outline as of Fall 1998

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 84ATitle:  TECHNICAL WRITING  
Full Title:  Technical Writing
Last Reviewed:12/15/1997

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  140.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ENGL 84

Catalog Description:
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Development of language and thinking skills required to write clear, concise, well-organized reports in business, science, engineering, and related technologies.

Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Development of skills required to read & write technical reports with a specific purpose & audience.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive:Spring 2008
English Composition
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Spring 2008
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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READING: From a range of technical writing at or above grade 13 level,
students will:
1.  Abstract the main idea or thesis.
2.  Articulate the sequence of ideas.
3.  Explain how the writer supports, illustrates, and connects them to
   the thesis.
4.  Summarize and evaluate informative, narrative, evaluative, and
   persuasive technical material.
5.  Identify the purpose, audience, focus, and stylistic features of
   various kinds of technical material.
6.  Distinguish between factual and inferential material and identify
7.  Evaluate the content, organization, clarity, and conciseness of a
   range of technical reports using appropriate notation.
WRITING: Students will:
1.  Write 6,000 to 8,000 words of expository and informative prose,
   each assignment demonstrating a clearly identifiable thesis, purpose,
   audience and form.
2.  Organize sentences, paragraphs, and reports logically, concisely,
   and coherently.
3.  Support the central ideas of each document with appropriate
   background information, definitions, facts, illustrations, and logic.
4.  Revise writing for completeness, clarity, conciseness, diction,
   syntax, and form.
5.  Correct errors in punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
6.  Be familiar with elementary library research techniques, reference
   works, and facilities.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Students read text(s) presenting the concepts, conventions and forms
   of technical writing.
2.  Students read/study various kinds of technical material comprising
   definitions, instructions, memorandums, and summary, evaluation,
   recommendation, and research reports.
3.  Readings are followed by class discussions and exercises which
   analyze and apply the principles of these documents.
1.  Students write reports and technical documents of varying lengths,
   comprising 6,000 to 8,000 words.
2.  The course emphasizes expository/informative/persuasive prose,
   particularly the use of concrete, denotative diction, parallel
   syntax, and clear transitions between all components of a
3.  Revision and language skills are taught through exercises and
   individual conferences/tutorials.

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1.  Students are given writing assignments covering a range of
   technical documents.
2.  Exercises address specific writing and revision skills and points
   of grammar.
3.  A research report involving library research and containing a
   table of contents and references presented in a generally accepted
   format is due by the end of the term.
4.  Students are assigned reading from various texts and technical

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
70 - 80%
Written homework, Reading reports, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
Demonstrations of editing techniques & procedures
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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HANDBOOK OF TECHNICAL WRITING, 4th, Brusaw, Alred, and Oliu, eds., St.
Martins, 1993.
EDITING FOR THE TECHNICAL PROFESSIONS, Coggin and Porter, eds., Macmillan,

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