Outline: TWC 713




Topic Outlines

1. Course Overview
    Characteristics of Technical Writing
    Language Overview: Grammar vs. Style
    Lanuguage: The English Sentence

2. Purpose, Content, Audience: Audience Analysis
    Oral Presentations: Types and Process
    Language: Modifiers

3. Types of Writing and Formats
    Language: More Sentence Alternatives
    Company Profiles Begin

4. Introductional Writing: SOPs
    Outlining Techniques
    Language: Grammatical Accuracy
    Roleplay: Misunderstood Request
    Company Profiles

5. Writing Descriptions - Object vs. Process
    Language: Parallel Structure
    Company Profiles

6. Writing Definitions - Sentence vs. Expanded
    Language: Text Rewrite
    Roleplay: Urgently Needed C of A
    Company Profiles

7. Document Design Characteristics
    Online Writing Techniques
    Sentence Combining for Emphasis
    Company Profiles

8. Writing Summaries
    Style: Ensuring Language Clarity
    Presentations Begin

9. Combining and Inserting Documents
    Style: Being Concise

10. Writing Process Analysis

11. Using Effective Non-Verbal Communication: Team Writing and Peer Evaluation;
      Conflict Resolutions; Problem Solving; Time Management; Presentations

12. Review & Presentations

13. Final Assignment

Required Text

TWC713 Course Notes Technical Writing & Communication - Battiston
ISBN # 0-00267-038-B     Vendor: School of Bio/Chem, Seneca College

Required Reading

  • Class notes
  • A recognized dictionary (Oxford English, Webster's)
  • APA Style Guide
  • Internet Sources
  • Technical writing texts placed on Reserve for student use

Modes of Instruction

In order to achieve the learning outcomes of TWC 713, we will make use of the following activities:
  • lectures
  • class discussions
  • role play
  • group work
  • workshops
  • student/teacher conferences

Modes of Evaluation

Since 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 Evaluation 

There 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 Policies

All 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
                                                                  due: when assigned        30%
Oral presentations                                                                           15%
Instructions/Procedures                                                                   10% Outlining                                                                                           5%
Description                                                                                      10%
Definition                                                                                         10%
Summary                                                                                         10%
Final Assignment                                                                              10%


No 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.

Grading Policy 


                    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  


    Approved by ______________________________________ 
                           Fiona Bain-Greenwood, Chair
                           Community & Health Sciences 

Last Updated:    SUMMER 2004