EAC390 - Technical Writing

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Subject Title
Technical Writing

Subject Description
This course introduces the study of technical writing through a series of writing assignments which focus on brevity, clarity, conciseness, unity and coherence - all essential to good technical communication. Basic research, effective oral communications and/or collaborative skills are also covered. Employment communication may also be covered.

Credit Status
EAC 390 is an equivalent compulsory credit course for students in the following Faculty of Technology programs: FPN, FPT, CVL, CVM, CVT, BTS, MBT, ETM, ETM, ELCB, ELCM, ELCC, ELM, ELN and ECT. 

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

1. Follow instructions, written or spoken, and respond clearly to questions and requests
2. Adopt a positive, professional attitude as demonstrated by active collaboration and time management skills
3. Organize technical documentation according to acceptable professional formats and principles
4. Apply language that is concise and clear, using correct grammar and editing/proofreading skills
5. Analyze assigned technical scenarios using vocabulary that is accurate and appropriate to specific audiences and purposes
6. Illustrate technical documents according to professional standards
7. Follow correct research and citation procedures
8. Deliver effective technical presentations and/or participate in a collaborative technical writing project.

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 http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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.

EAC150 or equivalent

Topic Outline
Students will develop and demonstrate their competence in written expression, reading, and research skills by exploring such topics as the application of technical language, planning strategies for technical documents, technical correspondence, manuals, technical presentations and reports, illustrating technical material, and research strategies and citation styles for technical documents.

Mode of Instruction
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions,written assignments and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. 

Prescribed Texts
Ewald, Thorsten.  Writing in the Technical Fields. Current edition. Oxford University Press

Reference Material
Maimon, Elaine, et al., A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research 3rd Can. Ed.. McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Any Canadian Reference or Handbook
Students should possess an appropriate college-level dictionary.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at: http://www.senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/

The term work will constitute 75% of the final grade. In all cases, the instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities as well as the assignments, their due dates, and their value. All assignments must be correctly documented using an appropriate documentation style as identified by the instructor – and follow the criteria established by the assignment, unless otherwise notified.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded. Students must contact faculty in advance of the due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final examination will constitute 25% of the final grade. Students will respond to the exam questions in a manner that satisfies the learning outcomes of EAC390: Technical Writing.

Grading Scheme:

Written Assignments 35%
Mid-Term Test 15%
Report 15%
Presentation 10%
Final Examination 25%

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood