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ENGL 303:  Technical Writing

0-3-3.  Preq., ENGL 102. Development of technical writing skills and styles; various technical writing assignments, including a technical report.

Objectives

  • To acquaint students with a variety of forms of writing in science and technology;
  • develop research skills;
  • discuss and apply writing and formatting techniques;
  • review grammar and revision.

Prerequisites

  1. Basic writing skills; knowledge of sentence structure, grammar, and organization. (English 101 & 102).
  2. Basic knowledge of a scientific or technical field.

Nature and Purpose

The purpose of English 303 is to teach technical writing skills to a diverse group of students. This course requires a different set of criteria from that used in English composition courses, both in teaching and in the evaluation of the students' work. This course emphasizes writing that is focused on scientific and technical topics, that is clear and concise, and that is geared toward a targeted audience by the appropriate choice of format and technical writing style.

Attendance Requirements

  • Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as a privilege, and all students are expected to attend regularly and punctually all classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance is worth 10% of your total grade.
  • I shall keep a permanent attendance record for this class. This record is subject to inspection by appropriate college or university officials.
  • Regular attendance will help you understand your assignments and complete them on schedule. I encourage you to attend unless you absolutely cannot avoid being absent.
  • For the Internet sections, I will grade your participation in class discussions throughout the quarter.

Topics to be Covered

  1. Discussion of types of technical writing, audience analysis, and persuasion.
  2. Discussion of definition writing and analysis of material.
  3. Discussion of description of mechanisms and processes.
  4. Discussion of library resources, research techniques, and proposal writing.
  5. Discussion of collecting notes, writing outlines, and writing rough drafts.
  6. Discussion of the elements of the formal research report.
  7. Discussion of graphic aids in technical reports.
  8. Discussion of grammar, technical writing style, and paper revision.
  9. Discussion of the job application procedure, including application letters and resumes.
  10. Discussion of plagiarism and professional ethics.

Departmental Writing Requirements

  1. Each 303 section must teach the job application letter and resume that accompanies the letter. Most teachers find that the instruction or process paper and a technical description paper help develop basic technical writing skills.
  2. The long research report is a necessary ingredient for each 303 class; it develops research, analytical, and writing skills that the students' major fields expect us to help develop in their students. These assignments for this paper, including the proposal for the report, the outline of the report, and the 2000 word report itself, are not optional and must be done, individually, by each student in each section of English 303.

Guidelines for a paper's form

  1. OUT-OF-CLASS papers MUST be typed. Handwritten papers will be returned ungraded. I encourage you to learn to use a computerized word-processing program. It can save time, aid proofreading, and improve the appearance of an essay. This requires foresight since the computer lab closes at 4:30 and on weekends.
  2. In-class papers MUST be written in ink.
  3. Use one side of the paper only.
  4. Use standard 8 1/2" by 11" white paper. Loose leaf or typewriter paper please--no frazzled edges ripped from notebooks.
  5. Use margins of at least an inch on each side of the paper. Leave a 1.5" margin on the right-hand side.
  6. Papers (except for the long report) should be folded vertically with the following information on the outside cover: name, section, theme assignment, instructor's name, and date.
  7. KEEP A PAPER COPY OF THE FINAL DRAFT IN YOUR OWN FILES. It's the cheapest insurance you can buy.

Conferences

  • Conferences are encouraged during the quarter. They will be used to discuss specific writing strengths and/or weaknesses.
English 303 is a demanding course. Be sure to arrange you schedule so you can spend adequate time for class preparation, researching, and writing.


 
Assignment
Giving Instructions
Use Software
Blogger
Value
10%
Use Software
Word
Value

10%
10%
30%
Assignment
Application Letter & Resume OR
Adaptive Resume (You still need a letter!)
Use Software
Word or HTML Editor
Value
15%
Assignment
Group Project (WWW)
Use Software
  Text editor
Value
15%
Attendance / participation
Total
 
10%
100%
The grading scale is:
A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F:0-59%


Turning in Your Work
In face-to-face classes, I want a paper copy of your assignments AND an electronic copy submitted to the TurnItIn link on Moodle.  In online classes, submit your paper through Moodle to TurnItIn.  If you have trouble uploading it Moodle, you may email it to me at bmagee@latech.edu.  You may also bring a paper copy by my office.  You are still responsible for turning in the assignment by the due date, so plan ahead.

Late Work
Your paper is due ON or BEFORE the due date. You can turn it in any time until the due date.  After that, the grade drops 5 points per period.

Attendance
In a face-to-face class, I'll take role every period.  Your attendance grade is a straight percentage of how much you attended class.  For example, if you attend 17 times out of 20 periods, your grade will be 17÷20=85%.  An absence may be excused with proper documentation.

Graded Material
In the event of a question regarding an exam grade or final grade, it will be the responsibility of the student to retain and present graded materials which have been returned for student possession during the quarter. 

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Students needing testing or classroom accommodations based on a disability are encouraged to discuss those needs with me as soon as possible. 

Honor Code
"In accordance with the Academic Honor Code, students pledge the following: Being a student of a higher standard, I pledge to embody the principles of academic integrity."  If I determine that you have violated the Honor Code or the English Department plagiarism policy, you'll receive a '0' on the assignment, and I may refer you to the Honor Council if I think it appropriate.

The Emergency Notification System
All Louisiana Tech students are strongly encouraged to enroll and update their contact information in the Emergency Notification System. It takes just a few seconds to ensure you're able to receive important text and voice alerts in the event of a campus emergency.  For more information on the Emergency Notification System, please visit: http://www.latech.edu/ administration/ ens.shtml.

Graduate Requirements
In addition to meeting the above requirements, graduate students enrolled in the course for graduate credit:
  • must write a substantially longer research paper than undergraduates. (12-15 pages for graduate students, 8-9 pages for undergraduates.)
  • may be asked to give presentations to the class.
  • should show leadership in class discussion.



English 303 over the Internet: Requirements and Information

This course is sometimes offered as an internet course The readings are mostly the same as in my regular 212 classes.  I'm setting up the assignments as though the class is a T-Th class so people will be able to pace themselves. 

Additional Information

  • I will respond to your email within 24 hours during the week (Monday-Friday).
  • I will not check email on weekends (Saturday-Sunday).
  • Do not expect replies to emails sent after three p.m. until the next business day.
  • Over the weekend, I do not promise a speedy reply, but if I am working at home and receive your email, I will try to answer it. 
  • Please remember: I am not online 24 hours a day.
  • Technical support is your responsibility. If a document or lecture does not work, let me know. However, if the problem is on your end (your computer, your software, your modem), it is your responsibility to find someone to help you with the problem. 



Reading Note
When the syllabus lists only the first page of a selection, read the whole selection.




Hoc opus, hic labor est.


Week 1 (July 10-14)

Period 2

Period 3

  • Lecture 1B. The Proposal and Doing Research
  • Reading
    • Chapter 11: Designing Websites
    • Chapter 6: Researching and Managing Information
  • Writing
    • Turn in preliminary topic.  (You should have some photocopied material from a bibliography such as Info-Trac and the Applied Science and Technology Index to accompany the topic.)

Period 4

  • Lecture 2A. Arrangement and Websites
  • Reading
    • Chapter 7: Organizing Your Information
    • Chapter 14: Writing Letters, Memos, and E-mails
  • Writing
    • Group progress report. Use good memo form (Markel 501). You may use e-mail, but still turn a printout. Tell:
      1. Who was at the meeting.
      2. What each member had done before the meeting.
      3. Who contributed what in the meeting (minutes).
      4. What you accomplished in the meeting.

Period 5

  • Reading
  • Writing
    • Turn in Proposal.
    • Turn in a memo with a list of what's available on my WWW site.


Week 2 (July 17-21)

Period 1

  • Lecture 3A--The Sentence Outline
  • Reading
    • Chapter 16: Proposals
    • Chapter 17: Analytical Reports
  • Writing
    • How-to Project Due
    • Group progress report (Use the guidelines from Week 2, Period 1).

Period 2

  • Reading
    • Discuss long report topics; 
    • Introduce Government Document
  • Writing
    • Turn in a memo comparing & contrasting the mad cow paper in Word in HTML & in responsive HTML (check them out in smart phones). What are the advantages & disadvantages of each medium?

Period 3

  • Lecture 4A--Designing Documents and Anthology Tutorial
  • Reading
    • Chapter 11: Designing Documents and Interfaces
  • Writing
    • Sentence Outline due.  Include:
      • Sentence Outline
      • Report dummy
      • Audience analysis
      • Notes (15 note cards accompanied by photocopies of 5 pages from 5 sources used for the notes.) 
    • Continue going over the long report sections.

Period 4


 Week 3 (July 24-28)

Period 1

  • Reading
    • Chapter 12: Creating Graphics
    • Chapter 20: Writing . . . Instructions
  • Writing
    • Begin going over the sections of the long report. 
    • Group progress report.

Period 2

  • Reading
  • Writing
    • Continue going over the long report sections.

Period 3

  • Reading
  • Writing
    • Group project rough draft.

Period 4

  • Reading
  • Writing
    • Long Report is due, with
      1. the Long Report itself
      2. audience analysis
      3. photocopies 
      4. notes
      5. the original graded proposal
      6. the original graded sentence outline.


Week 4 (July 31 — August 4)

Period 1

  • Reading
    • Chapter 20: Writing Definitions
  • Writing
    • Group progress report.

Period 2

  • Lecture 7B  The Resume
  • Reading
    • Chapter 15: Preparing Job-Application Materials
  • Writing
    • Packet 77: Go over the jargon exercise. Answer the questions.

Period 3

  • Reading
    • Chapter 2: Ethics & Legal Considerations
  • Writing
    • Print out an internet job search. 
    • Turn in an opening for an actual job with your letter, audience analysis, & resume next period.

Period 4

  • Reading
  • Writing
    • Resume due.  Include:
      1. Letter of Application
      2. Resume
      3. Job Description 
      4. Audience Analysis


Week 5 (August 7-11)

Period 1

  • Reading
  • Writing

Period 2

  • Reading
  • Writing

Period 3

  • Reading
  • Writing
    • Group project due

Period 4

  • Reading
  • Writing

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