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The Elements of Technical Writing
by Thomas E. Pearsall. 2
TWRT/EWRT/BUS 62 Reader
compiled by M. Reber.
This course deepens your technical writing skills by focusing on document formats, production of various
technical documents, incorporation of graphics within text, and effective implementation of stylistic elements to
make your writing clear, concrete, concise, cohesive, useable, grammatically accurate, and technically precise.
In the course of taking this class, you:
Identify needs of your target audience, being sensitive to diverse cultural backgrounds and avoiding
regional terminology and unfamiliar jargon.
Identify, analyze, and select the appropriate technical writing format based on purpose and audience.
Choose efficient means to organize information and distinguish between irrelevant and important detail.
Analyze various documents and select effective layout and graphic devices to achieve a balance
between graphics and text.
Produce short documents that conform to industry standard and demonstrate sound strategic thinking.
The projected point breakdown for the course is shown in the table below:
Empirical Research Presentation
Empirical Research Report
You are evaluated on a 100% scale (93-100 = A, 90-92 = A-, 87-89% = B+, 83-86 = B, 80-82 = B-, etc.)
I reserve the right to curve the final grading scale or make adjustments to the point breakdown.
You will write an analytical report, sometimes known as a feasibility report,
recommendation report, or decision report, in which you analyze data to reach conclusions. You may also make
recommendations based on the conclusions reached. This report (and the ones that follow) will be graded on
clarity, organization, format, strategic thinking, grammar and usage, and Pearsall’s principles. (4-5 pages)
You will write a solicited or unsolicited proposal in which you explore an offer or service you
(and/or your organization) could make to another organization. For this report, you may use as your subject a
provided case study, an appropriate service at an organization for which you have worked, or some service you
can provide on your own. Your proposal will be graded based on the criteria previously stated. (4-5 pages)
that any time you use a case study, you are allowed to embellish it or invent reasonable details for
the scenario in order to create context to produce a comprehensive report. Be prepared to use your imagination.
Just be careful not to significantly alter concrete details or the intention of the original case study.