TWRT62GrnshtSummer62909 - TWRT/BUS/EWRT 62: Survey of...

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Summer 2009 Professor: Reber Phone: (408) 864-5565 Classroom: L49 Email: Office: L41 Hours: by appointment Web Site: Course Texts The Elements of Technical Writing by Thomas E. Pearsall. 2 nd Edition. TWRT/EWRT/BUS 62 Reader compiled by M. Reber. Course Introduction 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. Course Objectives 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. Course Evaluation The projected point breakdown for the course is shown in the table below: Assignment Points Score Analytical Report 40 Proposal 40 Group/Project Plan 30 Empirical Research Presentation 40 Empirical Research Report 40 Course Portfolio 40 Final 20 Total 250 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. Course Assignments Analytical Report. 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) Proposal. 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) Please note 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.
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TWRT62GrnshtSummer62909 - TWRT/BUS/EWRT 62: Survey of...

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