Syllabus, ETC 200: Introduction to TechnicalWriting
Fall 2002 11-11:50 MWF FA 204
Instructor: Bob Bergland
email address: bergland@ mwsc.edu
Homepage: staff.mwsc.edu/~bergland (outdated)
Office: SSC 221a Phone: 271-4446
Home phone: 279-1699 (between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.)
Office Hours: MWF 9-10, 12-1
Technical Communication, Sixth Edition. Mike Markel.
To prepare you to be a better communicator in your profession by helping you improve your report writing, presentation and documentation writing skills, as well as your management of electronic tools
To improve your understanding of how reports function for readers in an organization (when readers read, how readers read, where readers look for information they need, and what purposes various documents serve) and how informative materials function for users (what users want from documents, how and when they read, and how they look for needed information)
To give you practice collaborating with other professionals
To give you practice analyzing situations and responding to them through writing
To teach you strategies for planning, writing, and revising documents that you can flexibly apply to future writing tasks
To improve your understanding of how technology impacts on your future as a writer at work
Attendance: Regular attendance is required. Much of the work in a writing class happens in the classroom, and whatever you miss cannot be made up. Each absence over four will result in a 50 point deduction from your final grade. Any absence over four must be excused in advance and documented afterward to prevent the grade reduction. Excessive tardiness or leaving early without prior notice may also be considered an absence. .It is a good idea to inform me of planned absences; at the very least, be sure to talk to a classmate about what you missed.
Assignments. Your work must be in laser-printed form or electronic form, depending on the assignment. If you hand in sloppy or poorly proofread documents, they will be downgraded significantly. As in the workplace, there will be no "rewrites" for a higher grade.
Late Work. You must submit your work on time. Late work will downgraded two grades for each day late. Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period, unless specified otherwise.
Plagiarism: An act of plagiarism or other academic dishonesty usually results in an F for the course.
Disabilities: Students with a disability that may affect their performance in this class should contact me individually as soon as possible.
1) Documentation Project: 300 points
Project analysis memo 25
Oral presentation/workshop 50
Group Evaluation/Project Assessment Memo 25
User testing plan/report memos 50
Final Revision 50
2) Employment Package 100 pts
Cover letter 50
3) World Wide Web page 100 pts
4) Recommendation Report 150 pts
5) Presentation/report 100 pts
Written summary/analysis of article 50
6) Documentation analysis/critique memo 50 pts
7) Small documentation assignment 50 pts
8) Small memos, class discussion, etc. 150 pts
Total: 1000 points A= 900+ B= 800-899 C= 700-799 D= 600-699
If there is not time for the class to complete all of the assignments, then the 90/80/70/60% scale will be applied to the assignments which are completed. Example: If we do not have time to complete the recommendation report, you will be graded on your percent of 850 points, with 765 (90%) being an A.