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Denise M Wilson
E E 393
Seattle Campus

Advanced Technical Writing in Electrical Engineering

Develops formal technical writing skills for engineering students. Includes organization and structure of papers and reports, clear and concise technical language, choice of appropriate terminology, and an overview of common grammatical errors. Covers implementation of figures, equations, and literature citations, with specific recommendations for electrical engineers. Prerequisite: HCDE 231. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

The purpose of this course is to (a) advance the basic writing skills of electrical engineering students in the contexts relevant to a career in engineering; and (b) to understand the common types of writing expected of an engineering professional.

Student learning goals

Identify what kinds of engineering documents require descriptive, expository, persuasive, and narrative types of writing.

Demonstrate improved basic writing skills including grammar, punctuation, word choice, and sentence structure.

Advance existing writing skills including style, clarity, organization, and structure.

Use Microsoft Word effectively to format documents including cross-referencing of sources/citations, automated numbering, and the seamless integration of figures, tables, equations, and other graphics.

Select and design figures, tables, and equations to support writing goals.

Provide professional and complete editing services to peers.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Short Papers (4) 8% each Peer Reviews (8) 1% each Weekly Writing Journal (8) 2% each week Term Paper (1) 28% Quiz Section Participation (8) 2% each week Total 100%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Denise M Wilson
Date: 09/23/2013