SRJC Course Outlines

6/23/2024 3:59:04 AMENGL 104 Course Outline as of Spring 2010

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 104Title:  TECH REPORT WRTNG  
Full Title:  Technical Report Writing
Last Reviewed:11/24/1997

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled017.5 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 Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Develops student fluency and accuracy in writing technical reports. Students practice various prewriting activities as well as learn basic revising and editing techniques.

Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100, or completion of ENGL 305 with credit.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Critical reading & discussion of various kinds of technical writing. Composition of clear, concise, informative reports & other forms of technical writing.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100, or completion of ENGL 305 with credit.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
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 and expository material,
students will demonstrate an ability to:
1.  Abstract the main idea or thesis.
2.  Summarize the writer's main points.
3.  Determine the dominant structure (i.e., definition, classification,
   comparison, persuasion, etc.).
4.  Identify and evaluate supporting information, examples, and reasoning.
5.  Discriminate between fact and opinion.
6.  Evaluate the completeness, organization, and clarity of the writing.
7.  Evaluate the appropriateness of its form, tone and style.
8.  Identify the overall purpose, scope, and audience.
WRITING - Over the course of the semester, students will:
1.  Write a minimum of 4,000 words of informative prose.
2.  Utilize prewriting techniques such as outlining, clustering,
   brainstorming, and freewriting.
3.  Organize information into technical descriptions, instructions,
   summaries, and recommendations using an appropriate format,
   organization, and level of detail.
4.  Select and develop a thesis with appropriate facts, examples,
   reasoning, and references cited in the correct form.
5.  Using library resources.
6.  Link sentences and paragraphs with appropriate transitions.
7.  Edit with particular attention to spelling, punctuation, sentence
   structure, and diction.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Students read texts covering the purpose, form, and content of
   various kinds of technical writing, including memorandums,
   definitions, instructions, project summaries, comparison reports,
   recommendations, and proposals.
2.  Students read and evaluate a range of technical documents.
3.  Class discussions and exercises focus on applications of the concepts
   set forth in the readings.
1.  Students write technical documents of varying lengths comprising
   a minimum of 4,000 words during the semester.
2.  Revision and language skills are taught through weekly discussions,
   exercises, and peer editing assignments.

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1.  Technical documents of approximately 2-3 pages, consisting of memos,
   descriptions, summaries, comparisons, evaluations, and recommendations
   are assigned.
2.  A longer document requiring some research.
3.  Exercises cover sentences structure, diction, punctuation, spelling,
   transitions, and the use of parallelism.
1.  Students are assigned readings 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 - 85%
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
5 - 10%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Performance exams
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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ELEMENTS OF TECHNICAL WRITING, Joseph Alvarez. Harcourt, Brace,
Jovanovich, 1980.
WRITING: A COLLEGE HANDBOOK, Heffernan and Lincoln. W. W. Norton, 1994.
THE ELEMENTS OF TECHNICAL WRITING, Thomas Pearsall, Allyn & Bacon, 1997.

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