“Effective technical communication is honest, clear, accurate, comprehensive, accessible, concise, professional in appearance, and correct.” – Mike Markel
This course requires different criteria from those used in composition courses, both in teaching and in evaluating students’ work. This course emphasizes accurate and concise writing on scientific and technical topics, geared toward a targeted audience.
Below you will find the course syllabus, the course rubric with the writing corrections instructions, and a downloadable writing corrections sheet.
Contains a full course description, required materials, discussion of course policies, an overview of class assignments, and grading standards. Updated: July 14, 2019. Changelog: made small formatting changes; made some wording more concise; “Study Contract” section is now “Syllabus and Study Contract” with additional wording regarding enforcing syllabus policies; added more explanation to the rubric section.
Rubric With Writing Corrections Instructions
“Easy reading is damned hard writing.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The course rubric is based largely on Markel’s Eight Measures of Excellence (clear, comprehensive, accessible, concise, professional in appearance, correct, accurate, and honest) and Auburn University’s Chemical Engineering Department’s Technical Report Rubric.
This document contains the rubric followed by the writing corrections instructions. Use these instructions to properly fill out the writing corrections sheet found below. Updated: 29 July 2019. Changelog: deleted reference to a deleted assignment.
Writing Corrections Sheet
Use this corrections sheet, following the instructions above, to make your corrections. The sheet is already formatted; all you need to do is download it and fill it out (and upload, once filled out, to Turnitin.com). Updated: 17 June 2019.