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Mary-Colleen Jenkins
HCDE 422
Seattle Campus

Style in Technical Communication

Covers principles and practices of writing publication-ready American English writing for global audiences. Teaches how to write for the expert, general scientific and technical reader, manager, and general public.

Class description

HCDE 422 is one of the two Autumn Quarter classes in the Technical Writing and Editing Certificate Program and focuses on style and revision in technical writing. The course reviews the fundamentals of grammar and sentence elements as a foundation for in-depth classwork on style, audience, purpose, tone, and emphasis in technical writing.

Students should be prepared to spend 2-3 hours on coursework outside of class for every 1 hour spent in the classroom. Students must earn a minimum of a 2.5 in HCDE 422 to continue in the Technical Writing and Editing Certificate Program.

Student learning goals

Identify syntactic elements of sentences (i.e., grammar & sentence structure)

Construct syntactic structures that reveal emphasis

Punctuate sentences effectively

Set an appropriate tone

Create a style that is appropriate for a specific purpose and audience

Analyze a document for clarity and for stylistic strengths and weaknesses and revise accordingly

General method of instruction

HCDE 422 focuses on developing studentsí knowledge of how syntactical elements of sentences can be revised and manipulated to enhance the clarity and readability of texts across disciplines. By the end of the quarter students will be able to analyze and revise their own writing and the writing of others for correctness, clarity, style, audience, tone, and purpose.

Method of instruction includes: lecture, small group workshops, class discussion

Recommended preparation

It will be helpful for prospective students to review basic grammar terminology prior to starting HCDE 422. Students should be prepared to spend 2-3 hours on coursework outside of class for every 1 hour spent in the classroom.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments will consist of reading, homework exercises from the text, 2-3 written analyses of style and clarity issues of previously written texts. The class is a mix of lecture and small group workshops.

Grades are based on successful completion of all assignments, quizzes, and class participation. Students must earn a minimum of a 2.5 in HCDE 422 to continue in the program. Student grades will be available to students via Catalyst.


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 Mary-Colleen Jenkins
Date: 05/25/2012