COMP114 Technical Writing

Department of Language & Literature: Composition

I. Course Number and Title
COMP114 Technical Writing
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
COMP110 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Language and Literature
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is designed for students majoring in technical, pre-engineering, and scientific fields. Assignments reflect actual technical writing tasks, with a focus on subject, purpose, and audience. The class examines traditional linear documents (instruction manuals, proposals) and those in an on-line format. Students learn to incorporate electronic formatting into technical documents.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To know the requirements of good style and organization in technical communication.
    2. To produce various types of technical reports, both in document form and on line.
    3. To learn to incorporate graphic aids in written, oral, and on-line reports.
    4. To present well-organized oral reports with confidence.
    5. To work as a member of a writing team to produce a technical document.
    6. To incorporate the student's real-life experience into their technical writing assignments.
    7. To incorporate electronic formatting, using Microsoft Word or equivalent software, into technical documents, and to use HTML or web page software to create technical documents on-line.
    8. To make students aware of their audience when they write, so that they can choose the material and style deliberately to meet the needs of the reader.
    9. To understand the principles of page design and typography to help make information more accessible, both in document form and on web pages.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    The course includes the following types of writing as applied to sequential projects:
    1. Definition
    2. Classification/Outline
    3. Process analysis
    4. Description of Mechanism
    5. Progress report
    6. Feasibility report
    7. Proposal
    8. Research report
    9. Correspondence (various types)
    10. Job description k. Resumes
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    A technical writing textbook, with supplements if necessary for on-line instruction.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Students will write papers of the types listed above. These papers will be read, criticized, graded, and returned by the instructor before the next major assignment is due. Other teaching methods may be used at the discretion of individual instructors (see individual course formats). Some of these methods are:
  1. Student editing, revision, and criticism of papers of other students.
  2. Lectures and workshops conducted by members of the Science Department or technical writers from industry.
  3. Analysis of current samples of technical writing from industry.
  4. Short quizzes on the assigned chapters.

Review/Approval Date -11/99