English 362 Index
(Note: This page is for the hybrid live-and-online course.)
The course contains a unified syllabus, 16 modular lessons, dozens of handouts, a massive set of web links, and lots more information covering the full spectrum of technical communication from its roots to a number of delivery forms.
Because we meet in-person (in a classroom) and hold discussions online, success in this course requires diligence, good time-management, solid skills with remote collaboration, clear communications with others, familiarity with Blackboard and other internet tools, and - most of all - that you be a solid self-starter. If you are good at all these things, plus you can demonstrate excellent writing skills, you'll be great in whatever future career you pursue. This course provides a wide variety of experiences that very few other recent grads can talk about in job interviews, so make the most of it to learn not just the overt content, but also focus on mastering how we work to get everything you can from the experiences!
Click each learning Module to find your materials for the week. Check the syllabus for a unified view, as well as lots of information about the course, grading, and so forth. Each Module corresponds to one week of the semester, and most have this structure:
Weekly Modules Index
Module 1: Introduction to Technical
Communication (and course-orientation video).
This course provides a hands-on introduction to the principles of organizing, developing, writing, and revising technical documentation in today's fast-paced world. It is designed to help prepare you for the kinds of writing and other communication you'll be doing in your future career, and to enhance your attractiveness to potential employers in the scientific and technical fields. Scientists, engineers, and businesspeople who possess good tech-writing skills enter the high-tech world of science and industry with an advantage over their peers who cannot write good proposals, lab reports, or other forms of documentation that they regularly need to create. For English students, this course is designed to prepare you to enter the field of technical communication.
You will review and practice the essential tech-writing elements. We also survey document forms common to scientific and technical disciplines. You will gain valuable experience through research, real-life technical-writing exercises, peer review, critical and theoretical discussions, and presentations.
It focuses on four primary areas:
Types of technical-writing forms that you will create include technical or scientific articles and papers, doc plans, abstracts, proposals, specification documents, technical reports, graphical documents, websites, oral and audio-visual presentations, and manuals. Includes an introduction to technical-writing software tools.
Note: This is not a generic professional writing class; rather, it is a technical writing class. It is designed for all students expecting to write technical documents in their careers, but it is especially designed for those headed into the fields of science, engineering, design, technology, business, and technical or scientific writing and editing.
McKitterick's class differs from English 362 sections offered by other instructors, and this version is significantly revised to take advantage of the nature of online and hybrid courses. Check with your instructor to learn more about what a prospective course offers.
Last updated 8/24/2015.