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Technical Writing Style COMM 1007

Communication Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This communication course familiarizes students with the principles of clear, concise writing in a technical environment for specific discourse communities. Students write and edit extensively in this course and are given extensive feedback on their style and tone. NOTE: Students do not need to submit transcripts for entrance to this course. BUT, in the case of formal or informal grade appeals or reviews they will be asked to show proof of their English requirements. Students who wish to confirm their English level are strongly advised to take COMM 0015.

Prerequisite(s)

  • English Studies 12 "67%" (C+) or equivalent (ie: COMM 0015 "70+")

Credits

1.5

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of discourse communities in technical communications.
  • Define the terms "style" and "tone."
  • Explain how style and tone affect communication in a technical environment.
  • List common attributes of effective technical style.
  • Use appropriate diction for a specific discourse community.
  • Write concise, well structured sentences suitable for technical documentation.
  • Write coherent, unified and complete paragraphs suitable for technical documentation.
  • Structure a technical document appropriately for its intended purpose.
  • Participate in the technical documentation process including interviewing, outlining, writing, revising and editing.
  • Evaluate technical documents for appropriate style, tone and fitness of purpose.

Effective as of Fall 2008

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