ENGLISH 2311
Technical Writing

Western Texas College
 Department of English

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. COURSE DESCRIPTION: ENGL 2311 introduces the major concepts of technical communication (including audience analysis, communications law and ethics, collaboration, graphics, and design) and the major kinds of documents (letters, e-mails, memos, instructions, proposals, and reports) individuals will write “on the job.”
    2. Prerequisites: Students must successfully complete ENGL 1301 before enrolling in ENGL 2311. The class is identified as reading and writing intensive.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. The student will become familiar with the kinds of writing common in the workplace.
    2. The student will understand theories that inform professional communication.
    3. The student will learn to write effective documents.
    4. The student will acquire experience using the Internet as a resource and a communication medium.
  3. Major Course Requirements:
    1. Weekly assignments based on the chapter readings will comprise the course grade. Students will complete from 12 to 13 assignments per semester.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Markel, Mike. Technical Communication, 9th Edition; Bedford St. Martins, publisher. ISBN-13: 978-0-312-48597-9
  5. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. PLAGIARISM: Essays must be submitted electronically to the plagiarism-checking site Turnitin.com. Under WTC policy, plagiarism may result in the student being dropped from class. Students suspected of plagiarism will be consulted. Students found guilty of plagiarism will be dropped.
  1. Course Organization and Schedule
    Syllabi assignments derived from Technical Communication, 9th Edition

Week 1 First day handouts are distributed. The reading assignment is Chapter 1 (Introduction to Technical Communication) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 2 The reading assignment is Chapter 2 (Understanding Ethical and Legal Considerations) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 3 The reading assignment is Chapter 3 (Understanding the Writing Process) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 4 The reading assignment is Chapter 4 (Writing Collaboratively) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 5 The reading assignment is Chapter 5 (Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 6 The reading assignment is Chapter 6 (Researching Your Subject) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 7 The reading assignment is Chapter 7 (Organizing Your Information) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 8 The reading assignment is Chapter 8 (Communicating Persuasively) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 9 The reading assignment is Chapter 9 (Writing Coherent Documents) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 10 The reading assignment is Chapter 10 (Writing Effective Sentences) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 11 The reading assignment is Chapter 15 (Preparing Job-Application Materials) and the assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 12 Assignments based on Chapter 15 (Preparing Job-Application Materials) continue. The second assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 13 The reading assignment is Chapters 11 (Designing Documents and WebSites). The assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Week 14 The reading assignment is Chapters 12 (Creating Graphics). The assignment based on it is posted in the Course Management System (Moodle).
Weeks 15-16 Late assignments are accepted during the final two weeks of class.


C. Disclaimer: “The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstance.”

 

 

Last Modified: August 18, 2015