ENGL 202-4007 Technical Communication (Summer 2014)

Online Course

Mike Markley, adjunct instructor

Mobile: 208-861-8879
Email: michaelmarkley@boisestate.edu | Office Hours: by appointment

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    Required Textbook
    Mike Markel, Technical Communication, 10th edition (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012). For supplementary information see the textbook Website.

    Course Objectives
    Technical communication is writing and oral communication in the workplace. This course introduces you to the major concepts of technical communication (including audience analysis, ethics, collaboration, graphics, and design), the major kinds of documents (letters, memos, instructions, proposals, and reports), and oral presentations.

    There are six learning objectives for the course:

    • to help you become familiar with the kinds of writing common in the workplace
    • to help you understand theories informing professional communication
    • to help you learn to write effective documents
    • to give you experience working collaboratively
    • to give you experience using the Internet as a resource and a communication medium 

    The written and oral assignments are the principal means by which your success in achieving these objectives will be evaluated. See the detailed descriptions of each assignment for more specific statements of the learning objectives of that assignment.

    Syllabus Modification
    I reserve the right to modify the syllabus at any time.

    BSU Writing Center
    If you need help with a particular writing assignment or general help with your writing, contact the Writing Center (LA 220; 426-1298). Although the Writing Center does not "correct" your papers, they help you learn how to improve your own writing by offering assistance with planning, drafting, and revising. Make an appointment to meet with one of the tutors.
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    This syllabus is subject to change. If you print a copy, it may become outdated. Questions? email me.
    My thanks and acknowledgement to Dr. Mike Markel, Boise State University, for some of the content in this Syllabus.