SES391 - Effective Technical Writing

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Subject Title
Effective Technical Writing

Subject Description
This subject focuses on technical writing skills for biochemistry students. After an introduction to basic communication elements (audience analysis, technical style, routine correspondence), students will write summaries, standard operating procedures, and informal reports; use visual aids; develop oral presentation strategies; and update career packages. Emphasis throughout will be placed on effective writing strategies and editing techniques. .
Prerequisite: EAC150 or equivalent

Credit Status
One credit applies toward the following:
The Biotechnology Technologist (Research) (BTR) Diploma Program
The Chemical Engineering Technology (CHY) Diploma Program
The Chemical Laboratory Technician (CLT) Diploma Program
The Chemical Laboratory Technology--Pharmaceutical (CLP) Diploma Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. identify audience, purpose, and message; write using effective technical style
2. write routine correspondence (memos/emails and letters),
3. summarize,
4. write standard operating procedures,
5. write informal reports including an incident report, a proposal, and a progress report,
6. use visual aids
7. update resumes and cover letters, and
8. demonstrate oral presentation skills, such as interviewing skills, phone teleconferencing, as well as small group and formal presentation skills.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.