In this course, students apply the principles of communicating scientific and technical information to a variety of readers, ranging from the non-technical manager to the expert engineer. Students concentrate on the varying writing styles for proposals, reports, specifications, journal articles, online documentation, and larger documents, based on their audience.
This course also teaches effective oral presentations and simulates an internship or on-the-job training, especially for students who cannot be matched with an internship opportunity or are not interested in such. Students further develop their technical-writing or -editing portfolio.
Students must be comfortable working with computers, specifically email and electronic files. Students are also expected to be familiar with creating documentation plans and abstracts, as well as the basic elements and forms of technical writing.
Course of Study
Students work independently and turn in a progress report each Friday that details (in the body of the email) the following:
Your final grade is based on how well you met the goals stated in your documentation plan, your demonstrated effort and learning, the quality of your work, and consistent communication with the instructor. To earn a high grade, students must show that they have mastered the material from previous Technical Communication courses.
To help students complete the KU Technical Communication program more
efficiently, English 563 is available during every semester including
Spring, Summer, and Fall. Contact Chris McKitterick for permission to
Last updated 1/12/2010.