Course Syllabus and Rubric
189C-STANDARD-Syllabus (PDF, 655 KB). Updated: September 1, 2012. Contains full course description, required materials, discussion of course policies, overview of class assignments, grading standards, and general course rubric.
Course Description and Objectives
“Effective technical communication is honest, clear, accurate, comprehensive, accessible, concise, professional in appearance, and correct.” — Mike Markel
Writing is an important part of most professional jobs; hence, good communication skills are vital to a successful career. This course is designed to inform and to acquaint you with the understanding and tools needed for creating and designing honest, clear, accurate, comprehensive, accessible, concise, and correct documents for the professional work environment. We will focus mainly on routine correspondences. In addition, the course will focus on learning to research material that would help make your communication more effective. It is assumed that you already have basic mastery in grammar, punctuation, style, and usage as well as a willingness to identify and work on your own problem areas in and outside of class. Ultimately, the responsibility for improving your writing belongs to you.
“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.” — George Bernard Shaw
Knowing how to write helps you become a better thinker – to be more organized in your thinking, and to be more capable of being able to express yourself and to persuade others. Being a better writer will give you tools for understanding complex texts and ideas—and for exploring your own thoughts and experiences. In practicing writing you will learn to think about your audience, the needs of the situation, and the goals you have, and piece them carefully together.
For more detailed course information, including, required materials, discussion of course policies, overview of class assignments, grading standards, and general course rubric, check out the syllabus (see the link above).
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