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TWRT61GrnshtWinter2012 - TWRT/BUS/EWRT 61 Introduction to...

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TWRT/BUS/EWRT 61: Introduction to Technical Writing (Hybrid) Winter 2012 Professor: Reber Phone: (408) 864-5565 Classroom: L49 Email: [email protected] Office: L41 Hours: : T/TH 3:00-3:50 p.m. Web Site: http://faculty.deanza.fhda.edu/reberm/ Course Text TWRT/EWRT/BUS 61 Reader compiled by M. Reber. Course Introduction This course is an introduction to technical writing as both a field and a career. We focus on basic techniques of writing for technical and corporate industries including business communications, functional description, process writing, basic document format, technical vocabulary, and accurate editing. Whether or not you are interested in becoming a professional technical writer, you learn valuable skills to be a successful technical professional who communicates. This course helps you excel in industry by successfully marketing yourself, developing solid organizational and design skills, and acquiring improved communication and writing expertise. Special emphasis is given to creating effective resumes and cover letters to help you achieve your professional goals. Course Objectives In the course of taking this class, you: Define tasks technical writers perform and characteristics of technical communications. Identify ways in which technical writing skills apply to a variety of fields. Define the purpose and audience for various documents being sensitive to diverse cultural backgrounds. Structure data into procedures and functional descriptions using graphic and tabular presentation as needed. Create effective business communications such as memos, letters, and resumes. Develop questions to interview a specialist in your field and interpret the interview by summarizing it. Edit for correct spelling, grammar, syntax, word usage, audience fit, organization, and scope. Course Evaluation The projected point breakdown for grading in the course is shown in the table below: Assignment Points Score Cover Letter 40 Resume 50 Interview 40 Functional Description 50 Instructions 50 Participation Document/Final 70 Portfolio 100 Total 400 You are evaluated on a 100% scale (93-100 = A, 90-92 = A-, 87-89% = B+, 83-86 = B, 80-82 = B-, etc.). Course Assignments Cover Letter. You will write a cover letter to a prospective employer introducing yourself and your resume. The letter will be graded on format, content, grammar and usage, and professional persuasiveness. Find a job you could apply for within the next year and write the letter based on a real job announcement using your current qualifications. (Include the announcement with the final letter.) You can begin with an existing letter and improve it based on the principles and peer reviews from class. Use white , 24-32 lb. weight professional paper. This paper is often labeled “professional,” “letterhead,” “resume,” “cotton,” “linen,” or “watermarked.” (1 page) Resume. You will also create a resume that details your professional experience. As with the cover letter, this resume should be a true and accurate representation of you and your background. Again, you may start with an
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