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Kathryn A Mobrand
T C 231
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Technical Writing

Principles of organizing, developing, and writing technical information. Report forms and rhetorical patterns common to scientific and technical disciplines. Technical writing conventions such as headings, illustrations, style, and tone. Numerous written assignments required. Required for all engineering majors. Prerequisite: either C LIT 240, both ENGL 109 and ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 121, ENGL 131, ENGL 182, ENGL 197, ENGL 198, ENGL 199, or ENGL 281. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of writing, designing, and conveying technical information to a variety of audiences.

Student learning goals

Identify and strategically target a desired audience for a given communication situation.

Effectively integrate text and graphic elements to create document designs that clearly convey complex, technical information.

Revise written documents for content, organization, and coherence as well as for grammar, tone, and style.

Contribute meaningfully to a collaborative writing project.

Identify, incorporate, and accurately cite sources.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Individual written assignments, one group written assignment, several in-class group activities. Grades are based on scores earned on the written assignments and on participation points.


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.
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Last Update by Kathryn A Mobrand
Date: 05/18/2009