Course Content and Outcomes Guide for WR 227 Effective Fall 2021
- Course Number:
- WR 227
- Course Title:
- Technical and Professional Writing 1
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Intended Outcomes for the course
Outcomes for this course require working through multiple drafts of several pieces of writing with time to separate the acts of writing and revising; in addition, the reading outcomes require time to read, reread, reflect, respond, interpret, analyze, and evaluate.
Upon completion of WR 227 with a "C" or better, the student will be able to:
- Read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate complex technical and professional documents and visuals.
- Design and produce the most commonly used business/professional communications.
- Design and produce the most commonly used technical communications.
- Design and produce communications specifically tailored to a number of different audiences who have diverse educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, and who have various levels of expertise.
- Design and produce communications that include visuals that are accurate, ethical, and accessible and from which more than one audience can extract the information quickly and easily.
- Work and problem solve effectively with others to achieve a common communication goal, using collaborative techniques, respecting the work of colleagues, and meeting deadlines; listen and speak reflectively.
Course Activities and Design
Assessment tasks include the following:
- Weekly or twice-weekly writing assignments
- Attendance in class and at three instructor conferences
- Active, positive participation in class and in small group activities
- Meeting assignment deadlines
Many instructors may have students submit a portfolio of the best revised versions of each of their written assignments at the end of the term for final evaluation. Oral reports, in-class interviews, or group presentations may also contribute to the final grade. Instructors may require in-class writing assignments and exams. Peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts, Issues
- Appropriate formats and writing styles for various types of technical and professional communications
- Audience analysis
- Communication with international audiences
- Document design
- Dynamics of collaborative work
- Incorporation of graphics
- Legal and ethical issues in technical and professional communications
- Readability analysis
- Revision cycle
- Safety Messages
- Style guides
- Usability testing
Competencies and Skills
For Outcome 1
Reading, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating complex technical and professional documents and visuals.
For Outcomes 2 and 3
- Understanding the differences between and the appropriate audience and purpose for the most common types of technical and professional communication
- Composing, designing, revising and editing the most common types of technical and professional communications
- Researching primary and secondary sources, including the Internet
- Documenting source
For Outcome 4:
- Analyzing audience and purpose
- Incorporating audience feedback
- Selecting graphics appropriate for the targeted audience
- Selecting formatting options to create accessible, readable, ethical, and visually interesting documents for different audiences
For Outcome 5
- Understanding different types of graphics and appropriate uses
- Editing page layout, text and visuals for:
Legal and ethical issues
Safety International audiences
For Outcome 6:
Working and problem solving with others to achieve a common communication goal, using collaborative techniques, respecting the work of colleagues, and meeting deadlines; listening and speaking reflectively.