“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 by the proper choice of format and writing style.
Contains full course description, required materials, discussion of course policies, an overview of class assignments, and grading standards. Updated: March 16, 2019. Changelog: added more information about grading on page 4.
“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. NOTE: This is an old rubric—I will be updating it this week and will post on Moodle when it is ready.
NOTE: I am updating the instructions and corrections sheet this week and will post on Moodle when they are ready.
Writing Corrections Instructions. Use these instructions to properly fill out the writing corrections sheet found below.
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.