ET105/BU125 – Technical Writing Monday, Wednesday & Friday 1:00 – 2:00 Room 149 / 137 Instructor: Office: Office Hours: Phone: Email: Credits: Prerequisite: Joe Drivdahl Room 119 As Posted outside office 377-9444 [email protected] 3 None Required Materials: Text: Technical Writing: Process and Product, Fifth Edition, by Sharon J. Gerson and Steven M. Gerson. Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13119664-2. Course Description: This course covers the principles of creating and developing professional documents such as descriptions, instructions, reports, and proposals. Correct sentence structure, grammar, and usage are reviewed. Course Objectives: After completion of this course, students will: 1. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of technical writing in the workplace. 2. Demonstrate understanding of the three-step writing process: pre-writing, writing, and rewriting by completing these steps several times during the semester 3. Demonstrate understanding of the five major objectives in successful technical writing: clarity, conciseness, accuracy, organization, and ethics through the completion of writing assignments including memos, letters, reports, directions, and instructions. 4. Explain why audience recognition and involvement are essential to effective technical writing by completing case studies that require students to write to specific audiences. 5. Demonstrate ability to write for diverse audiences including accommodating multiculturism, avoiding biased language, and personalizing their writing by completing case studies appropriate to the lesson. Also students will participate in a business transaction activity which requires a language translator. 6. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of document design and effective page layout using white space and graphics by completing case studies. Attendance: Your instructor highly advises you to attend all class meetings and expects you to be on time for class each day. If you should miss a class, get the day’s notes and assignments from the instructor or another student. Remember, “I wasn’t here” is not be a valid excuse for not completing your assignments on time. Exams/Quizzes/Assignments: There will be 3 exams worth 50 points each. There will also be a comprehensive final project worth 100 points. Expect pop quizzes daily. Students will also complete several writing assignments during the semester. Grading Scale: Percentage Grade 93 – 100 A 90 – 92 A87 – 89 B+ 83 – 86 B 80 – 82 B77 – 79 C+ 73 – 76 C 70 – 72 C67 – 69 D+ 63 – 66 D 60 – 62 D0 – 59 F Final Exam: 4:00 – 6:00 Wednesday, May 14 This product was funded by a grant awarded under the President’s Community-Based Job Training Grants as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration. The information contained in this product was created by a grantee organization and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U. S. Department of Labor. All references to non-governmental companies or organizations, their services, products, or resources are offered for informational purposes and should not be construed as an endorsement by the Department of Labor. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it and is intended for individual organizational, noncommercial use only.