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Technical Writing
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Technical Writing will introduce and develop written communications skills specifically encountered in business and industry. This course will enable students to understand the different documents required in a business environment. Students will apply skills learned in each lesson toward perfecting their technical writing abilities. Rules that apply to grammar and mechanics are studied. Students are also given varied assessments that provide opportunities to properly format technical documents. Students will demonstrate knowledge of content through a variety of assignments, such as journal writing, e-mail, directional writing, memos, and letter writing.
It is recommended that students successfully complete English 10 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the difference between technical writing and other forms of writing.
  • Examine the styles of and importance of "order" in writing technical directions.
  • Produce a variety of sets of instructions.
  • Use parallel form.
  • Identify the importance of audience.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Distinguish between complete sentences, fragments, and run-ons.
  • Use punctuation, verbs, and pronouns correctly.
  • Follow the rules of spelling.
  • Practice good document design.
  • Explore and utilize the basics of document design.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify the differences among memos, letters, and e-mail.
  • Distinguish among the many types of business letters.
  • Write correctly-formatted memos, e-mail, and business letters.
  • Write a resume.
  • Examine the job interview process.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify the components for an effective flier, brochure, newsletter, report, and oral presentation.
  • Demonstrate comprehension by creating effective fliers, brochures, newsletters, reports, and presentations.
  • Examine interests to determine a suitable cause for the portfolio project.
  • Create a portfolio project based on a charity or organization.
  • Revise documents of the portfolio using the checklists provided.

Course Materials

  • Elements of Technical Writing (textbook)
  • Technical Writing: Process and Product (textbook)

 *Available as an iText course