Outline: TWC 713
TECHNICAL WRITING AND COMMUNICATIONS I
Topic Outlines1. Course Overview
Characteristics of Technical Writing
Language Overview: Grammar vs. Style
Lanuguage: The English Sentence
2. Purpose, Content, Audience: Audience Analysis
3. Types of Writing and Formats
4. Introductional Writing: SOPs
5. Writing Descriptions - Object vs. Process
6. Writing Definitions - Sentence vs. Expanded
7. Document Design Characteristics
8. Writing Summaries
9. Combining and Inserting Documents
10. Writing Process Analysis
11. Using Effective Non-Verbal Communication: Team Writing and Peer
12. Review & Presentations
13. Final Assignment
Required TextTWC713 Course Notes Technical Writing & Communication - Battiston
ISBN # 0-00267-038-B Vendor: School of Bio/Chem, Seneca College
Modes of InstructionIn order to achieve the learning outcomes of TWC 713, we will make use of the following activities:
Modes of EvaluationSince this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written assignments should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late assignments are penalized. Please obtain standards, dates and additional information from your instructor.
While attendance and participation in class discussions are not formally part of this evaluation schedule, you should be aware that absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve satisfactory grades. Some of the progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of assignment requirements may be explained in class. There is no formal provision for make-up tests to replace tests you miss.
To attain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined assignments and tests (term work) and also a passing grade on the final exam. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy. They are available at Seneca Registration offices.
Course EvaluationThere will be no final exam; therefore, all of the final grade will be based on written assignments produced during the semester and a final assignment during the last week of classes.
Assignment and Late PoliciesAll assignments must be submitted using the format prescribed in class. To ensure fairness and professionalism and to encourage realistic work habits and good time managment skills, ten percent of the total assignment grade will be deducted for each school day an assignment is late, up to a maximum of five days.
Since deadlines are crucial for writers and workplace performance hinges on punctuality and reliability, assignments are due at the beginning of each class on the date specifies. Students who anticipate having problems meeting a deadline should see or call the professor at least one day before the due date to discuss a realistic extension. In cases where extensions are granted, students will prepare a short memo explaining the reason for the extension and giving the title and new due date. The memo is submitted in place of the assignment. Without these steps, late papers will not be graded and will receive a grade of F (0 points).
TWC 713 is a course in professional writing and as such demands professional standards. All work must be keyboarded and contain a title page with the assignment name, the student name, the instructor's name, the due date, and the course mnemonics (TWC 713). Only camera-ready copy will receive a grade of "A".
Numerous exercises and drills on language and technical style
MINIMUM PERFORMANCE FOR GRADUATIONNo student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.
GPA A+ 90% - 100% 4.0 A 80% - 89% 4.0 B+ 75% - 79% 3.5 B 70% - 74% 3.0 C+ 65% - 69% 2.5 C 60% - 64% 2.0 D 55% - 59% 1.0 F 0% - 54% 0
Fiona Bain-Greenwood, Chair
Community & Health Sciences
Last Updated: SUMMER 2004