103B- Introduction to Technical Communication
Instructor: Jennifer Sheppard
Office: Walker 146
Office Hours: M. 12-2, Tu. 3-5, and by arrangement
for the Technical Professions- Kristin Woolever
for the World Wide Web-Elizabeth Castro (4th edition)
articles to be copied
This course is designed to give you experience with the
major forms of writing used in technical communication.
You will put these new skills into practice as you work
in a collaborative team throughout the term to construct
a website. This project will take you through the multiple
stages of researching, designing, and revising that you
are likely to encounter in technical professions.
and become comfortable writing in the main genres of
how the rhetorical situation (audience, purpose, and
context) shapes the development and final production
of technical communication documents
that you understand how to design, write, test, and
revise text- and visual-based communication in a professional,
Understand how to integrate written content, graphics,
document layout and site navigation in order to create
a usable, reader-friendly document
how to work effectively and efficiently within collaborative
This class is designed to facilitate learning through
participation and hands on practice, hence your attendance
is necessary. You will have lab time to work on assignments
and group projects at least once a week, so you must come
to every class having done assigned reading and with all
the necessary materials. Your grade will be impacted by
more than 4 absences.
You must complete ALL assignments to pass this course.
& other assignments 15%
& participation 15%
specific grading criteria for the collaborative project
can be found with the final project directions.
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Policy on Academic Integrity:
Plagiarism and cheating are serious academic offenses.
MTUs Academic Integrity Policy defines it as knowingly
copying anothers work or ideas and calling them
ones own or not giving proper credit or citation,
and it covers copying sections or entire papers from printed
or electronic sources as well as handing in papers written
by students for other classes or purchasing academic papers.
Plagiarism and cheating are not only dishonest but cheat
you out of learning, the primary reason you are here.
If you ever have any questions about this issue, please
talk with your instructor.