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Technical Writing Syllabus

Technical Writing Syllabus

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NAVOTAS POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
Bangus St., North Bay Boulevard South, Navotas City
ENGLISH DEPARTMENTTECHNICAL RESEARCH & REPORT WRITINGCOURSE DESCRIPTION
Principles and procedure of technical research and report writing; attention to analyzing audience and purpose,organizing information, designing graphic aids, and writing such specialized forms as abstracts, instructions, and proposals.
OBJECTIVES
demonstrate knowledge of and familiarity with the nature of technical writing and the qualities of technical style;
apply the principles of letter writing to various types of technical communications
demonstrate a knowledge of writing various types of short reports;
gather, analyze, and organize needed data for writing a formal research report;
use graphics effectively in required technical documents;
analyze writing situations to understand your audiences and your purposes for writing
create documents that fulfill your purposes and your audiences’ needs
develop skills with technologies like email, computer graphics, and the web
COURSE OUTLINE
I.Overview of Technical Research and Report WritingA.Definition and Nature of Technical WritingB.Properties of Technical WritingC.Basic Principles of Technical WritingD.Styles in Technical WritingE.The Role of Technical WritingF.The Wholistic Guide of Technical WritingG.End-products of Technical WritingII.Information Structure/Techniques in Technical WritingA.Distinction between Technical and Literary WritingB.Formal DefinitionC.Description MechanismD.Process DescriptionE.ClassificationF.Cause and EffectG.Comparison and ContrastH. AnalogyIII.Types of Technical ReportA.Report LayoutB.Formal Report FormatC.Memorandum ReportD.Letter ReportE.BulletinsF.AbstractG.ProposalH.Research ReportI.Feasibility Study
 
IV.Business LetteA.Definition and PurposeB.Elements and CharacteristicsC.Format and StylesD.Types of Business LettersE.Resume and Cover Letters V.Process and Guidelines in Technical Writing
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Common spelling problemsVI.Graphic AidsA.Bar ChartB.Line ChartC.TablesD.Circle or Pie ChartE.Surface or Strata ChartF. Map ChartsG.Flow ChartsH.Flow SheetsI.DiagramsJ.FiguresK.PhotographsL.DrawingsM.Important Points in Handling GraphicsVII.Contemporary CommunicationA.E-mailB.InternetC.Desktop PublishingD.Hypertext
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
A.Written outputsB.AssignmentsC.PortfolioD.Quizzes/ExamsE.Class Participation and Behavior F.Attendance/Punctuality
REFERENCES:
Manalo, E. & Fermin, V. (2007). Technical and Report Writing. ECC Graphics. Quezon City
Vicente, C. et. Al. (2004). Technical Writing. Popular Bookstore. Quezon City, Philippines.
Writing in English: A Practical Handbook for Scientific and Technical Writers.© 2000.

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