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Technical Communication

The principles of technical writing. Discussion and application of rhetorical principles in technical environments. Study of methods, resources and common formats used in corporate or research writing.


GE A1 and A2. Engl 149 satisfies your A3 requirement

Pedagogical Approach

Classes are taught using a workshop approach that emphasizes the role of writing in learning and promotes interactive, experiential learning (as opposed to a presentational lecture format). The instruction will emphasize process: how to read, write, analyze, interpret, understand, and create oral, written, or multimedia texts. Student voices and texts will be central to this class through large and small group discussion, oral presentations, class leadership, and peer feedback.

The course is divided into three units. Each of these units is further divided into smaller assignments that are designed to “feed” into the unit projects. For this reason they are called “feeders.” Unit projects and feeder assignments will be supported by a sequence of daily assignments. These sequences will lead the students through intellectual projects proceeding from one week to the next. Using a process approach, students will write multiple drafts, receive ongoing feedback from me and your peers, and participate in evaluating thier own and others' composing projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the rhetorical situation of technical documents, which can include the goals of the document, the needs of the audience or audiences, and the extended organization and cultural context    
  • Compose technical documents such as podcasts, summaries, instructions, usability surveys, and reports that effectively respond to specific rhetorical situations
  • Use and translate research-based evidence in ways that are accurate yet accessible to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Revise technical documents based on informed reader feedback, and, in turn, provide critical feedback and advice for other writers
  • Collaboratively compose technical documents and manage team projects, which can include organizing group efforts, delegating responsibilities, and providing support and feedback for individual group members


The student grade depends on the writing choices they make and how those choices are reflected in thier purpose and ease of understanding (use). Additionally, working well within a group ensures thier success (corporate communication). An “A” grade is exceptional work with no errors in content understanding, mechanics, or grammar.

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