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.
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.
1. Technical documents of approximately 2-3 pages, consisting of memos,
descriptions, summaries, comparisons, evaluations, and recommendations
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
ELEMENTS OF TECHNICAL WRITING, Joseph Alvarez. Harcourt, Brace,
WRITING: A COLLEGE HANDBOOK, Heffernan and Lincoln. W. W. Norton, 1994.
THE ELEMENTS OF TECHNICAL WRITING, Thomas Pearsall, Allyn & Bacon, 1997.