ECS 3390.004 \u00b7 TR 1:00\u20132:15 \u00b7 JO 4.502 ECS 3390.005 \u00b7 TR 2:30\u20133:45 \u00b7 JO 4.502 ECS 3390.502 \u00b7 TR 5:30\u20136:45 \u00b7 JO 4.502
There is no satisfactory explanation of style, no infallible guide to good writing, no assurance that a person who thinks clearly will be able to write clearly, no key that unlocks a door, no inflexible rules by which the young writer may shape his course. He will often find himself steering by stars that are disturbingly in motion.
ECS 3390 requires you to have credit for RHET 1302. As an upper-level class, you
should have at least college-level writing skills and both written and oral proficiency in
English. The course moves at a fast pace and assumes that you begin the course
understanding basic skills, such as language mechanics or Microsoft Office functions.
The course instead emphasizes developing a sense of professionalism and responsibility
to produce high-quality documents and presentations both individually and in teams.
However, you also need sufficient technical knowledge to contribute to project design
and to write and speak knowingly about technical content. While RHET 1302 is the
only pre-requisite for ECS 3390, you will find this class more difficult and time
consuming if you have only taken Computer Science I or Introduction to Digital
Technical and professional communication skills are critical tools for success in the \u201creal world\u201d of engineering and computer science professions. Therefore, Professional and Technical Communication will help you develop skills and competency in both oral and written communication as they occur in engineering and technology work environments. You will have opportunities to determine audiences\u2019 information needs, assess what information is correct, reliable and responsive to those needs, and present that information in a form that helps the audience process and use it. You will work with industry-specific projects, determine technical communication needs, develop professional-quality documents, and make formal presentations on technical topics to technical and non-technical audiences.
Engineering and programming are collaborative activities; therefore, this course uses a
collaborative-learning environment where you will work in teams to practice the
fundamentals of collaborative decision making and communication in professional
contexts. Course activities also raise related professional issues, such as meeting
deadlines, carrying out instructions as specified, organizing your time so that you can work productively on more than one activity at a time, and developing an increased commitment to doing accurate work.
g: An ability to communicate effectively
j: A knowledge of contemporary issues
Develop collaborative strategies to research, plan, and present a team
presentation with visual aids adapted appropriately to the audience and
learning exercises that depend on your comprehending and remembering what you have read. Although I may occasionally have you respond to the readings in class exercises, I will assign regular, graded written responses if I sense you are not reading.
The Sun style guide, Read Me First!: A style guide for the computer industry, also
serves as an excellent resource for style concerns. The UTD library provides access
to an electronic version of the book through the library\u2019s Safari Tech Books.
Low Impact Assignments allow me to give you brief feedback as you master concepts, organize your
thoughts, and practice communication skills. I do not grade Low Impact Assignments (hence the low
impact). Instead, I check for completion and effort, typically assigning full/half/no credit. If you miss a
Low Impact Assignment or do not submit it punctually or properly, you will not receive credit for it.
All work should demonstrate the same professional and ethical standards expected of
you in the workplace, including proofreading and editing carefully all work you
submit in this class. Professionalism also means that you use appropriate source
citation wherever and whenever necessary so that you avoid violations of copyright \u2013
even if those violations are inadvertent. Remember: your work reflects upon you
and/or your group as a member or members of technical professions.
I use a criteria-based rather than norm-based (curved) grading system and do not
award extra points at the end of the semester to raise final grades. Each assignment
includes specific criteria, but I generally assess your work according to the
resourcefulness with which it:
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