Technical Writing


Week 12 (January 10)

Classwork

  • Free writing.
  • Peer editing.
  • Review of key points for final paper.

Homework

  • Revise your draft incorporating the feedback you received in class.
  • Finish writing your paper and bring it to the next class.

Week 11 (December 20)

Classwork

  • Peer editing.
  • Final assignment discussion.

    Homework

  • Please enjoy the winter break.


Week 10 (December 13)

Because of absences last week, we will do what was scheduled for last week.


Week 9 (December 6)

Classwork

  • Free writing.
  • Peer editing.
  • Sentence review.
  • Paragraph review.
  • Topic for final assignment.

Homework

  • Begin to research the topic selected in class.
  • Take organized notes that you can use next week in class.
  • Make a mind map or outline of your ideas. Please print out 2 copies and send your file to me as an email attachment at least 1 day before class.

Week 8 (November 29)

  • Free writing.
  • Peer editing of homework.
  • Teacher consultations.

Homework

  • Based on the feedback you receive in class, revise your OS reviews.
  • Please print out 2 copies and bring them to the next class.
  • Also send a copy to me at least 1 day before the next class.

Week 7 (November 15)

Classwork

Homework

  • Using parts of the sample reviews or other reviews as models, revise your mobile OS review from a university student’s perspective.
    • Think about how a student could use the OS.
    • What are the strengths of the OS?
    • What are the weaknesses?
  • Take some screen shots and use them in your review to help the reader understand your ideas.
  • The review should be approximately 500 words in length.
  • Please print out 2 copies and bring them to the next class.
  • Also send a copy to me at least 1 day before the next class.

Week 6 (November 8)

Classwork

  • How to homework review and check.
  • How to write a review.

    Homework

  • Write a review of a mobile OS, either Android or iOS.

  • Here is a sample Android review.

    Week 5 (November 1)

    Classwork

  • Free writing.

  • Peer editing of hw.

  • Writing a traditional how-to explanation.

  • Sequencing and ordering words.

Homework

  • Write a paragraph or two on how to cook a hard boiled egg.
    • Please use a variety of sequencing connectors in your explanation.
    • Make sure your sentences are 12 words or less.
    • Do not skip any steps in the process.
  • Suggestion: work backwards when thinking of the steps.
  • Please print out 2 copies of the assignment and bring them to the next class.

Week 4 (October 25)

Classwork

  • Free writing.
  • Peer editing of homework.
  • Understanding what users know and how it affects UX.
  • The difference between writing directions and explanations.

Homework

  • Choose 5 Google search terms/operators and explain what they do.
  • Remember this is not a “how-to” assignment but an explanation assignment.
  • Please print out 2 copies of your work and bring them to class.

Week 3 (October 18)

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Free writing.
  • Homework peer editing.
  • We will talk about some alternatives to Microsoft Word that can help you write better, faster, and more easily.
    • Typora. This is easy to use and you can download it to your computer for free right now. This would be my recommendation, unless you like learning new apps an banging your head into walls.
  • Online apps to check your writing.
  • Using Markdown.
  • Why you want to learn new apps.
  • Abstract and concrete language.

Homework

  • Practice using Typora or some other Markdown editor to write.
  • Please write a set of directions about how to drop a class at TUFS in the third week. Try to limit your directions to 500 words.
  • Use Hemignway.app and Grammarly to check your writing.

Week 2 (October 11)

  • Review.
  • Free Writing
  • Peer editing.
  • In-class writing.

Homework

  • Rewrite your room description based on the feedback you received in class.

Week 1 (October 4)

Classwork

  • Course introduction.
  • Using the website.
  • Syllabus
  • What is technical writing and how is it different from regular writing?
  • The relationship between good design and good writing.
  • Finding out if students want to learn website writing and how to make their own website. We will do this only if most of the students are interested. Otherwise, we will focus on more traditional technical writing.

Homework

  • Write a 300 word description of your room.
  • Use a word processor of your choice.
  • Format the paper according to the directions I give you in class.
  • Print out your paper and bring it to class.

Resources


Welcome:

Hi and welcome to the class. I hope you find Technical Writing in English useful and helpful. By the time you finish this course, you should be able to:

  • Write clearly.
  • Express your thoughts logically.
  • Write properly constructed paragraphs.
  • Understand technical writing conventions.
  • Learn to use writing apps that will increase your productivity.
  • Hopefully become a productive, efficient, and effective learner.

The syllabus below is based on the spring semester, and serves as a tentative plan. After our first meeting, I will adapt the course to meet your needs and interests.