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 Course Title:   Technical Writing

 Title Abbreviation:   TECHNICAL WRITING

 Department:    ENGL&

 Course #:    235

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    231101

 EPC:    897

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Introduction to and practice in planning, researching, and writing clear and concise technical reports of at least 1,250 words, progress reports, proposals, letters of applications and transmittal, and resumes.


Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Communication  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W ENGL 130

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Skagit Valley College believes that the complexities of modern technology and the demands of clear communication in business requires that students seeking employment in business and industry be able to plan and write various kinds of reports at levels of complexity ranging form the short memo to the major technical report.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Effective style
    • Avoiding needless technical language
    • Simple, direct, concise, and precise writing
  2. Effective organization
  3. Special elements of reports
    • Cover letter, letter of transmittal
    • Table of contents, abstract, recommendation, introduction, conclusion, and summary
  4. Special problems in design and presentation of reports?writing considerations
    • Use of tables and figures
    • Defining, describing, and explaining a process
  5. Special problems in design and presentation of reports?audience needs
    • Addressing/conforming to audience??s expectations and conventions in particular fields
    • Represent objectively the perspectives, concerns, and arguments of others
  6. Use of Critical Thinking skills
    • To analyze a given field to discover topic of report
    • To determine needs of audience and field
    • To solve problems in research, writing, and overall execution of project as problems occur