ENGL 615 - Technical Writing
This course is designed to help you develop your ability to communicate technical information effectively, efficiently, and ethically. During the half of the course, we will cover the basics of technical communication: characteristics of technical writing, conducting research, effective visual design, analysis of audience and purpose, effective organization, characteristics of particular genres, and usability testing. After developing these skills, the class will function as a technical writing consulting firm with an exceptional fee structure. Working in teams, we will offer free technical writing services to campus or community organizations. Each 5-person team of students will assess the technical writing needs of a client organization, write a proposal based on these needs, and prepare documents needed by the client.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Explain the goals and characteristics of effective technical communication and visual design.
- Describe the technical communication practices of a field you are considering entering.
- Prepare written and oral communication that is clear, concise, tailored to a particular situation and correct according to an appropriate standard.
- Analyze the expected audience for a specific speaking or writing situation.
- Understand the design and content requirements of a variety of technical genres including memos, reports, business letters, proposals, resumes, newsletters, meeting minutes, web pages, annotated bibliographies, and brochures.
- Conduct interviews and usability testing.
- Recognize your own typical patterns of error and be prepared to edit your own writing for clarity, style, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Collaborate with a team to successfully complete writing projects.