CCCOnline LogoCourse Snapshot for ENG131- Technical Writing I

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Course Competencies

The competencies you will demonstrate in this course are as follows:

  1. Identify audience.
  2. State purpose.
  3. Find, evaluate, interpret, and document data.
  4. Organize data and outline reports.
  5. Select and use format and style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
  6. Use standard grammar, spelling, and mechanics.
  7. Develop the skills necessary for writing a variety of commonly used technical documents.
Learning concepts for this course are enchanced using modules, websites, and online discussions.

Module Outcomes Mapped to Competencies

Module 1 Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)
Define technical writing and the responsibilities of a technical writer. 3, 6
Discuss the elements of basic technical writing. 3, 6
Explain the components of technical communication. 3, 6
Identify audience in technical communication. 1, 6
Utilize memo format to convey purpose and audience. 1, 2, 6, 7

Module 2 Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

Differentiate between primary and secondary sources. 3
Apply purpose and audience to information search strategies. 1, 2, 3
Utilize technology to curate information searches for later use. 4, 7
Access and evaluate graphical and visual information. 3. 4. 5. 7

Module 3 Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

Assess and utilize technical writing life cycle. 7
Plan, analyze, access, state project documentation. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Access and utilize technical writing tools. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Apply and create user documentation. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Interpret and utilize technical writing life cycle. 7

Module 4 Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

Practice effective writing strategies. 6, 7
Revise and edit drafts. 6, 7
Contribute to collaborative writing. 5, 6, 7
Examine and utilize User Interface Design. 7
Practice effective writing strategies. 6, 7

Module 5 Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

Analyze document design. 7
Practice document design. 7
Integrate graphics and digital material. 4, 7
Explain globalization in technical writing. 7

Course Time Commitment and Expectations

For every credit hour, students should plan to spend an average of 2-3 hours per week for course-related activities in a 15-week course. For example, a 3 credit hour course would average an average 6-9 hours per week to read/listen to the online content, participate in discussion forums, complete assignments, and study the course material. For 10  and 6-week courses, the amount of time per week will be higher so all course competencies, module outcomes, and assignments will be covered.

Aside from typical reading assignments, this course has the following (Please Note: This list is subject to change based on the discretion of the instructor facilitating this course.):

Assignment Points
Discussions (10 @ 25 points each) 250
Exams (2 @ 50 points each) 100
Final Project Topic (Module One) 50
Final Project Plan Supporting Documentation (Module Two) 50
Final Project Plan (Module Three) 50
Final Project Executive Summary (Module Four) 100
Final Project Rough Draft (Module Four) 100
Final Project (Module Five) 200
Journals (4 @ 25 points each) 100
TOTAL 1000



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