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ENGL 468: Readings in Scientific
and Technical Communications.
Preq: ENGL 303. Study of the
current material written about technical communication, with
a reading and critical analysis of various technological
ENGL 568: Seminar in Readings in
Scientific and Technical Communication.
Preq: ENGL 303. Study of
historical and current technical communication literature
through the lens of gender, technology, and research
- To introduce students
to important articles in the evolution of technical
- To help students
develop their research skills.
- To help students
develop their skills in technical writing.
Graduate students give a presentation in addition to your
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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
- Students needing testing or
classroom accommodations based on a disability are
encouraged to discuss those needs with me as soon as
- 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.
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- 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.
Registration Week (March 12-14)
- 1. Normal Robert Connors, "The
Rise of Technical Writing Instruction in America" 3
Note - When the
syllabus lists only the first page of a selection,
read the whole selection.
- 2. Russell Rutter,
"History, Rhetoric, and Humanism: Toward a More
Comprehensive Definition of Technical Communication"
- 3. Katherine T.
Durack, "Gender, Technology, and the History of
Technical Communication" 35
- 10 Mary M. Lay,
"Feminist Theory and the Redefinition of Technical
- Writing Article Review 1
Week 3 (March 31 - April 4)
- 4 Carolyn R. Miller,
"A Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing" 47
- 7. Robert R. Johnson,
"Audience Involved: Toward a Participatory Model of
- 8. David N. Dobrin,
"What's Technical about Technical Writing?" 107
- 12. Johndan
Johnson-Eilola, "Relocating the Value of Work:
Technical Communication in a Post-Industrial Age" 175
- Writing Article Review 2
- 14 Dale L. Sullivan,
"Political-Ethical Implications of Defining Technical
Communication as a Practice" 211
- 16. Ben F. Barton and
Marthalee S. Barton, "Ideology and the Map: Toward a
Postmodern Visual Design Practice" 232
- 19. Davida
Charney, "Empiricism Is Not a Four-Letter Word" 281
- 21. Jack Selzer, "The
Composing Processes of an Engineer" 317
- Writing Book Evaluation
Week 7 (April 28 - May 2)
- 24. Nancy Allen,
Dianne Atkinson, Meg Morgan, Teresa Moore, and Craig
Snow, "What Experienced Collaborators Say about
Collaborative Writing" 351
- 27. Tharon W.
Howard, "Who 'Owns' Electronic Texts?" 397
- 28. Stephen A.
Bernhardt, "The Shape of Text to Come: The Texture of
Print on Screens" 409
- Writing Research
- 29. Cynthia L. Selfe
and Richard J. Selfe, Jr., "The Politics of the
Interface: Power and Its Exercise in Electronic
Contact Zones" 428
- Writing Essay Exam
- 32. Lee E.
Brasseur, "Contesting the Objectivist Paradigm: Gender
Issues in the Technical and Professional Communication
- Writing Graduate Presentations
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