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Laurie Joy Anderson
CSS 301
Bothell Campus

Technical Writing for Computing Professionals

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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).


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 Laurie Joy Anderson
Date: 02/09/2010