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GAT8027

Course
GAT8027
Course Title
Technical Writing

Description

Develop your technical writing skills to become a greater asset in any administrative or management role. This course will improve your understanding and use of the written communications that are highly valued and required of employees in a variety of industries, especially those that rely heavily on written instructions and procedures. Offered in partnership with ed2go. 

While there are no specific prerequisites for the course, you should have a good grasp of the English language, grammar and punctuation. You should also be comfortable using e-mail and the Internet.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Technical Writing program, you will:

  • Understand the differences between academic and technical writing
  • Develop effective research methods
  • Learn to consider the needs and abilities of the audience
  • Know how to incorporate clarity and utility
  • Develop job-hunting and resume-writing skills
  • Become aware of ethical issues in technical writing
  • Employ stylistic methods for effective writing
  • Learn how to work as part of a team

Master writing a variety of technical documents:

  • Create memos, analyses, and reports
  • Compose a professional portfolio
  • Write a series of interview questions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of advanced grammar rules
  • Develop a proposal

Content

I. Introduction to Technical Writing
A. Defining Technical Writing
B. Types of Writing
C. Writing Inventory

II. Understanding Your Role as a Technical Writer
A. Ethics
B. Communication Dilemma

III. The Communication Triangle: The Recipe for Establishing Common Ground With the Audience
A. Choosing a Topic
B. Determining the Purpose for Writing
C. Analyzing an Audience
D. Evaluating Common Ground

IV. Types of Technical Correspondence

V. The Seven Principles of Good Writing

VI. Writing as a Process

VII. Preparation: A Way to Generate Ideas

VIII. Research: The Access to Support

IX. Organization: The Key to Logical Paragraph Development and a Coherent Outline
A. Writing Topic Sentences
B. Formulating Supporting Details

X. Rough Draft: From Outline to Paragraphs
A. Writing an Introduction Paragraph
B. Writing Body Paragraphs
C. Writing a Conclusion Paragraph

XI. Revising and Editing
A. Pitfalls to Avoid
B. Practices to Employ

XII. The Final Word on Technical Writing

Method of Instruction

Online

Evaluation

Class participation