Syllabus for WRTG 393 A 801 Advanced Technical Writing fall session 2 2011

Syllabus for WRTG 393 A 801 Advanced Technical Writing fall session 2 2011

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Syllabus for WRTG 393 A851 Advanced Technical Writing Instructor: Associate Professor Frances Fister-Stoga Contact: ffisterstoga@faculty.umuc.edu Alternate contact: Tycho Messaging/Chat Bio: I have been an instructor with UMUC for over eight years in the areas of business and academic writing as well as speech courses and American literature. I hold a diploma in teaching Business English from the London Chamber of Commerce (UK) and my graduate degrees have focussed on the English language, rhetoric, and improving writing for those who use English as their first language or an additional language. I grew up in the scenic state of New Jersey, but I have also studied, lived, and worked in over ten different countries worldwide, which has given me insights on cultural differences and how these may affect writing. The objectives covered in this course are highly useful for those currently in a professional setting (or planning to be in one). However, the course principles of planning, organizing, formatting, and using precise language are useful for whichever types of messages you may create. If you have any questions about this course, please contact me at the address above. Course Materials Lannon, John M. and Laura Gurak. (2011) Technical Communication . 12th ed. New York: Longman,2011. ISBN:9780205779642. For important information about ordering course materials, please see the Administrative Policies, Procedures, and Practices section at the end of the syllabus. Course Description (Formerly COMM 393. Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or ENGL 101. Recommended: WRTG 291 or WRTG 293. A comprehensive, project-based study of applied technical writing. The aim is to design and develop appropriate and effective technical documents for a variety of audiences. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 393/393X, ENGL 393/393X, WRTG 393/393X. Course Outcomes After completing this course, you should be able to: 1. evaluate and apply the standards, forms, conventions, and technologies of technical writing 2. communicate technical information effectively to a variety of audiences 3. analyze technical communication scenarios, and design and develop appropriate and effective technical documents Course Introduction   technē (Greek, skill or art) The knowledge of how to do things and make things. Technical writing is a category of professional writing that presents information related to science and  technology. This project-based course will give you practice in the kinds of writing that technical  communication professionals use on the job. The focus will be on producing clear, concise writing—both  for readers who have a background in technology, and for those who do not. You will practice the typical 
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This note was uploaded on 05/28/2011 for the course ENGL/WRTG WRTG 393 taught by Professor Francesfister-stoga during the Spring '11 term at MD University College.

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Syllabus for WRTG 393 A 801 Advanced Technical Writing fall session 2 2011

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