Welcome to English 524.
The skills this course will work to develop will be valuable and useful in any field of study or professional job. Technical writing skills can apply to a piece of writing as small as a memo or e-mail and as large as the textbook for this course. This course will take you through a series of written exercises involving different forms of technical writing.
Most graduate courses conclude with a 25 to 35 page seminar paper. You can expect to write as many pages in this course, though they will come in the form of shorter pieces. Projects and papers will include document design, creating proposals, developing reports, writing instructions, and ghost writing.
Student Learning Goals
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
· write a job description, cover letter, and design a resume,
· write to different audiences and adapt writing accordingly,
· create and evaluate information for reports and Web sites,
· apply effective design to documents,
· write instructions,
· ghost write for another student,
· and develop request for proposal (RFP) and respond to a grant.
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Work will be evaluated for correctness, clarity, thoroughness, and quality of product. Because the course deals with technical writing, students will be held to the highest standards of correctness. All final work should be polished and without error. Proofreading by other students is highly recommended. The ghost writing assignment will be evaluated by the instructor and the "author" of the piece. The grant proposal will have only one A and is competitive. All other grant proposals, if excellent, will recieve a grade of B+.
At the end of the course you will have produced a portfolio that will include a sample of instructions, ghost writing, a proposal (RFP--Request for Proposal/grantwriting), a design document, and a report.
Smaller assignments will be announced during class and asked to be posted to the class listserv.