EN 306 Prof Wrtng in the Disciplines:Scientific & Technical Writing
U1T 2008 DL
Stallings, Walton Dees
Assistant Professor, English/Full-Time Faculty
PhD, English/LinguisticsMA, EnglishBA, English
I am available at any time.
(410) 867-6172 (office)
(410) 991-0934 (mobile)
2 June 2008 - 27 July 2008
Continual - Asynchronous Online
Pre-requisites: EN105, EN106, passing the Writing Competency Test, and 60 credit hours. 3:0:3
Text: Technical Communication (Tenth Edition), Longman
Author: John Lannon
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Educational Philosophy: My philosophy is to give you a learning environment rich in resources, and continual availability to me, and guide you though some practical learning experiences with scenarios similar to what you'll find in professional settings. I will always be available to provide you individual assistance and guidance. I think you'll find this approach interesting and supportive of your specific goals for learning!
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Performance will be assessed based on documents/papers, discussions, a Journal, and a final exam.
NOTE: Specific due dates for assignments will be posted in the assignment thread.
% of Grade
Paper #1 (Definitions with Audience Profiles)
Paper #2 (Proposal for Analytical Report - with bibliography)
Paper #3 (Information Plan)
Paper #4 (Explanation, Product Description, or Instructions)
Paper #5 (Cover Letter and Resume)
Paper #6 (Analytical Report)
Counts as 10% of your Class Participation.
% of Grade
Counts as 10% of your Class Participation.
Late Submission of Course Materials: It is critical for scientific and technical documents to be completed and delivered on time. Late penalties will be imposed when an extension has not been requested; the extent of the penalty will be based on individual circumstances.
NOTE: Specific due dates for assignments will be posted in the assignment details in the week the specific assignment is issued. There will also be discussion threads for each formal writing assignment.
1. Paper #1: Develop two audience-and-use profiles for two audiences (one profile for a semi-technical audience and one profile for a non-technical audience) for whom you are writing a technical definition, and then
Document all information using footnotes (or parenthetical citations) and a bibliography for all written assignments. (Relevant text reading: Chapter 3, Delivering the Essential Information, and Chapter 20, Technical Definitions.)
First select a technical term you wish to define. Then fill out the Audience-and-Use Profile for one technical audience and one non-technical audience (see p. 36 for the form). Next, evaluate what information you would include for each audience. For example, you might select the term diabetes and the two audiences for whom you are writing the definitions might be pre-med students taking an endocrinology course and the patients of an endocrinologist who has prepared a short handout for his patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes.
For the first audience of pre-med students, you might consider defining diabetes in terms of metabolic and chemical disorder. For the non-technical audience, you might consider adding to a simple definition of diabetes as a metabolic disorder an analogy of how the system has gone awry and, most important for this audience, how having diabetes is going to affect their lives.
In analyzing the information you would include for each audience, you would consider the various ways in which to define terms and use those tools to select what would be appropriate to each audience to create an effective definition. (See Chapter 20 of your text for definition strategies.) Then, using appropriate diction and level of details, you would write your definitions.
NOTE: Be sure to document all external information using both footnotes or parenthetical citations and a bibliography (which you may label "References," "Works Cited," or otherwise, as appropriate. Also be sure to enclose within quotation marks any text you have copied. This is an academic honesty and copyright compliance requirement, not simply a formatting requirement. See Part VI, Appendix A of our text and the course Webliography for documentation guidance.
2. Paper #2: Write an Informal Proposal for your Analytical Report. Using the discussions of proposals and analytical reports, develop your informal proposal using the general model for proposals given in your Lannon text in Chapter 23, Proposals. You will need to decide whether your proposal is a planning, research, or sales type proposal (I must approve sales or planning proposals). This will determine some of the contents for your assignment. Other relevant text readings are Chapters 11 and 21.
3. Paper #3: Write an Information Plan for your Analytical Report. Information planning encourages writers to adopt project management strategies as a way of managing writing assignments of all complexities. For this assignment, you must write an Information Plan for your analytical report in three to five pages. In the workplace, the Information Plan would be updated as progress was made or changes occurred on the project. You may use an outline format that addresses the following information:
Purpose for writing this report:
Audience: For whom is the report intended? Who else will read it?
Goals of the information contained in your report: How will the information in this report be used?
Information objectives: What specific information will be contained in the report? What information will be given to the reader? How will readers benefit?
Information specifications: Overall structure, Title, graphics production, printing specifications.
Sectional content outline: Working section headings and subheadings and a brief summary of what will be in each.
Methodology: Determine how the information will be gathered and analyzed, the schedule for research, editorial standards and strategies, style guidelines.
Information verification: How will the information be verified? Are the procedures used considered to be accurate?
Schedule for completion of assignments related to analytical report.
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