Writing 327, sections 3, 6, and 8
Instructor: Jeremy Reed
Office phone: 737-1665
Office Hours: MWF 4:10-5:30, or by appointment
Technical Communication Today
by Richard Johnson-Sheehan.
Course Description and Objectives:
This course starts with the understanding that technical communication is action-oriented.
That is, technical
writing is a mode of information management designed to either prompt action (as is the case with persuasive
documents like resumes or proposals) or enable action (as with instructions or informative reports).
writing, in other words, is a form of communication that has a job to do.
Because of this, this class not only will introduce students to the conventions of different forms of technical
writing, but more importantly, will also help students recognize the conjunction between critical thinking and
communication skills and to view writing as a problem-solving act.
This class will teach students how to write
memos, resumes and cover letters, instructional documents, proposals, and reports.
Further, upon completion of
the course, students will be able to analyze the purpose and audience for documents produced in technical fields
and to effectively manage information in order to produce clear and effective documents.
Regular attendance is vital to your success in this class.
In the business world, you are expected to show up
regularly and on time; the expectations for this class are the same.
For this reason, if you miss more than three
(3) days of class for any reason
, your final grade will be lowered by 10 points per day.
Furthermore, you are
responsible for all materials, ideas, or information in the class, including that which is presented while you are