Laurie Joy Anderson
Explores methods for writing effective system specifications, user documentation and requests for proposals (RFPs). Examines RFP analysis techniques, writing plans, proposals, marketing documentation, and customer communications. May not be repeated.
If you are already employed as a software engineer, you know that exams and grades are replaced with promotions, choice work assignments, raises, and stock options when it comes to rewarding your competence. Workplace performance is judged not only on your technical abilities, but also on your ability to communicate your knowledge (in writing and speaking) to colleagues, clients, and even the general public. Therefore this course is designed to help you become the best communicator of technical information to give you an advantage in your future workplace.
Student learning goals
Analyze a communication situation fully and accurately and learn to write specifically to that situation.
Learn how to organize a document and how to reveal that organization to the reader.
Learn how to design usable, clear, persuasive, and accessible documents.
Learn how to obtain feedback about your written work from your peers. Likewise, learn how to give feedback to your peers about their work.
Revitalize your knowledge of English composition from a technical writing perspective.
General method of instruction
Class is designed as short lectures followed by group exercises to work with the new information. Groups report out what they learned to the whole class.
Previous English or Composition writing classes with passing grades.
Class assignments and grading
Different writing assignments demonstrate different technical writing patterns are written as drafts, receive comments, then revised for Final versions.
Grades are based on the Final version of the written assignments plus the midterm and final exams (which are both timed typed exams designed as short essays).