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.
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.
BSU Writing Center
If you need help with a particular writing assignment or general help with your writing,
contact the Writing Center (LA 200; 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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