English 362: Foundations of Technical Writing
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Technical Communication Defined

About McKitterick


This course uses a textbook, a handbook, handouts, this website, and other materials. Listed below are the textbooks and links to purchase them online.

Required

Technical Communication, by Mike Markel.
(Note: Versions back to 8th Edition (2006) are fine - I encourage you to buy used.)
Companion web site: www.bedfordstmartins.com/techcomm

This is an excellent text, containing a massive amount of information, exercises, and links to outside resources. I expect you to read all the assigned material, and will give occasional tests on the readings, but we will not use all the assignments listed at the end of the chapters. Feel free to work through these assignments yourself, to further your learning. I advise you to keep this book for when you go into the world of business or industry; it's an invaluable resource. Also available from online booksellers such as Amazon (click here to review and/or buy this book from Amazon.com) and Powell's Books (click here to review and/or buy this book from Powell's Books). 

Required

The Elements of Technical Writing, by Gary Blake and Robert Bly.

Everyone who expects to write anything technical needs to have this book on their desk. Keep this book forever, at least until a complete update is published. Also available from online booksellers such as Amazon (click here to review and/or buy this book from Amazon.com) and Powell's Books (click here to review and/or buy this book from Powell's Books).

You also need access to a manual of style appropriate to your field of study, such as the ACS, APA, CBE, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, and so on.

Computer familiarity

  • We write and review everything electronically. During this course, you will continue to enhance your skills with the hardware and software tools needed to write professional technical documents. The online version of the course requires that you have experience working with Blackboard and other online tools.
  • I use email to announce updates, return graded papers, and send your grade spreadsheet. Be sure to give me your preferred email address ASAP.
  • Bring a flash drive to class. Most students save their coursework onto a keychain-type storage device at the end of each class as a backup, and use it to bring assignments to class or save in-class work. Click here to see an example of this useful and very low-cost device.
  • Alternately, use your email or FTP to back up your assignments. Many students send a copy of their coursework to themselves as a backup and use it to make sure they have their assignments available when they are due (in case of disk or flash-drive failure).

Last updated 4/27/2014.