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|Discipline and Nbr:
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||4.00||Lecture Scheduled||4.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||70.00
|Minimum||4.00||Lab Scheduled||0||6 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||4.00|| ||Contact Total||70.00
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 140.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00||
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.
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
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:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Not Certificate/Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
READING: From a range of technical writing at or above grade 13 level,
1. Abstract the main idea or thesis.
2. Articulate the sequence of ideas.
3. Explain how the writer supports, illustrates, and connects them to
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,
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
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
1. Students are given writing assignments covering a range of
2. Exercises address specific writing and revision skills and points
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.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|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%
HANDBOOK OF TECHNICAL WRITING, 4th, Brusaw, Alred, and Oliu, eds., St.
EDITING FOR THE TECHNICAL PROFESSIONS, Coggin and Porter, eds., Macmillan,
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING, 2d, St. Martins, 1993.