ENGL 202, section 4009, Technical Communication (Spring 2016)

Online Course

Mike Markley, Lecturer

Work/Mobile: 861-8879 | Email: michaelmarkley@boisestate.edu
Office: English Annex 101C (see map) | Office Hours: Mon 4-5pm, Wed 10:30am-11:30am, and by appointment
(Even if you plan to visit during my regular hours, please make an appointment to avoid conflicting times with others.)

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resources for class
  • Textbook website


    writing references
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    Required Textbook
    Mike Markel, Practical Strategies for Technical Communication, 1st edition (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013). For supplementary information see the textbook Website.

    Course Catalog Description
    ENGL 202, Introduction to Technical Communication, is an overview of the principles and applications of technical communication for those students who expect to write on the job. Assignments are related to each student's background and field of interest. Topics include letters, instructions, reports, and technical presentations, as well as audience analysis, the writing process, graphics, document design, and the ethics of technical communication. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or PERM/INST.

    Foundational Studies Program & Course Learning Objectives
    Boise State's Foundational Studies Program provides undergraduates with a broad-based education that spans the entire university experience. ENGL 202, Introduction to Technical Communication, satisfies three credits of the Foundational Studies Program's Disciplinary Lens-Social Science (DL-S) requirements. This course supports University Learning Outcome 11, "Apply knowledge and the methods of inquiry characteristic of the social sciences to explain and evaluate human behavior and institutions." In addition to this ULO, we have several additional objectives for the course as well.

    We have the following learning objectives for this course:

    • Develop skills in using formal technical communication conventions found in the workplace.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the theories informing professional communication.
    • Develop an ability to assess your audience and provide a clear purpose in your written and oral communication.
    • Develop skills in writing and working collaboratively with a team.
    • Demonstrate professionalism in all of your communication in this course--with the instructor as well as with peers.
    • Develop skills in effective presentation of quantitative data in a graphic format.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of conventions in preparing communication for an audience of a different culture than your own. (DLS 11.1)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the standards of excellent technical communication through personal observation and peer review. (DLS 11.3)
    • Analyze and reflect on the ethics involved in selecting and presenting content to an audience. (DLS 11.4)

    The written 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. If and when this occurs, I will send an email notice to all students enrolled in the course.

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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.