English Sylabus - English 202C English 202C: Technical...

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Spring 2008 English 202C: Technical Writing Section 001 Penn State Lehigh Valley Spring 2008 Instructor: Ms. Michelle Kaschak Office: 123 Learning Center Phone Number: 610-285-5131 Email: mlk21@psu.edu Office Hours: M, W, F 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ** Syllabus is subject to change at any time throughout the semester  depending on class needs or at the discretion of the instructor** Required Texts Markel, Mike.  Technical Communication .  8 th  ed. New York: Bedford, 2007. Course Description and Objectives ENGL 202C, Technical Writing, serves students who are preparing for careers in the sciences and applied  sciences (particularly engineering). This advanced course in writing familiarizes students with the  discourse practices prized in their disciplinary and institutional communities—and helps them to manage  those practices effectively in their own written work. In this way the course teaches those writing strategies  and tactics that scientists and engineers will need in order to write successfully on the job. Accordingly,  students in the course can expect to  Discover and understand the discourse features that distinguish their disciplinary and institutional  communities from others.  Discover and specify the purpose(s) of their writing.  Develop a range of writing processes appropriate to various writing tasks.  Identify their readers and describe the characteristics of their readers in a way that forms a sound  basis for deciding how to write to them.  Invent the contents of their communications through research and reflection. Arrange material to  raise and satisfy readers' expectations, using both conventional and rhetorical patterns of  organization.  Reveal the organization of their communications by using forecasting and transitional statements,  headings, and effective page design.  Observe appropriate generic conventions and formats for letters, résumés, memoranda, and a  variety of informal and formal reports.  Design and use tables, graphs, and technical illustrations.  Compose effective sentences.  Evaluate their documents to be sure that the documents fulfill their purpose and to ensure that they  can be revised if necessary.  Collaborate effectively with their peers in a community of writers who provide feedback on each  other’s work and occasionally write together.  Write several specific kinds of documents that recur in technical and scientific communities. 
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