At the completion of this technical writing course, a student will be able to:
- Develop an obvious and appropriate focus for each writing activity they produce;
- Demonstrate competent editing and revising skills through progressive drafts of documents;
- Make effective adaptations in content detail, organization of information, tone, diction, and sentence structure for different intended audiences;
- Employ differences in writing purpose, format, structure and delivery as relevant to or required by the situation that prompts the writing;
- Demonstrate flexibility in moving between the needs of different audiences;
- Produce a variety of writing assignments intended for different disciplines or vocational tasks;
- Distinguish reliable sources of information from question sources;
- Integrate researched information into their documents with appropriate citation;
- Discriminate between different types of data and select data appropriate for the writing situation;
- Assess their own writing with increasing insight;
- Use technology productively in their writing assignments;
- Produce documents in the format appropriate to or required by the situation (e.g., page numbering, heading, etc.).
Technical-writing courses introduce you to some of the most important aspects of writing in the world of science, technology, and business--in other words, the kind of writing that scientists, nurses, doctors, computer specialists, government officials, engineers, and other such people do as a part of their regular work.
To learn how to write effectively for the world of work, you will study audience analysis, abstracts, memos, editing procedures, and technical reports.
Technical-writing courses build on what you have learned in other writing courses, but there are assignments that are new to learn. If you currently have a job in which you do some writing, you will discover that you can put what you learn in your technical-writing course to immediate use.