South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Dr. Judy Sneller
CB 325, Office
MWF: 11:00-11:50 a.m., Or
: By Appointment
Houp, Kenneth, et al.,
Reporting Technical Information.
Class WebCT Site:
A course in advanced written and oral technical communications with
emphasis on the research, preparation, and delivery of complex technical documents.
ENGL279 or equivalent and sophomore standing are
prerequisites. Students must have at least a moderate level of computer literacy, i.e., be capable of producing
documents using software such as MS Word and MS Power Point (including incorporating graphics into
these documents), navigating the Web, and using e-mail. WebCT is an integral part of this course. Students
unfamiliar with WebCT will be given training during the first week of classes.
Course Goals and Outcomes
As required by the SD Board of Regents (BOR), here’s an outline of
the General Education goals, student learning outcomes, and assessments this course fulfills:
GenEd Goal #1:
Students will write effectively and responsibly and will understand and interpret
the written expression of others.
Student Learning Outcomes:
As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:
Write using standard American English, including correct punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure.
recognize and repair common errors in grammar, punctuation, and usage in their written assignments.
apply standard American English and correct grammar, punctuation, and mechanics in written assignments.
compose clear and effective sentences and paragraphs that match the assigned writing purpose.
improve their mastery of punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure through quizzes, instructor feedback,
peer review, and the planning/drafting/revising process used to complete their technical writing assignments.
produce a variety of well organized and effectively designed complex documents.
use the process of planning, drafting, and revision to take a document from initial conception to final
improve their mastery of organization and logical writing through class discussions, instructor feedback,
peer review, and the planning/drafting/revising process used to complete their technical writing
Write persuasively, with a variety of rhetorical strategies (e.g. expository, argumentative, descriptive).