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ENGL 230 "Technical Writing"

Course Description

This online writing class provides an introduction to technical writing. In an interactive workshop format, students learn to think critically about the informative, persuasive, and ethical dimensions of their writing. They study rhetorical principles and apply them to an array of assignments. In addition, students learn how to adapt their writing process to rapidly changing communication technologies, how to effectively write in a collaborative setting, and how to connect with a specific audience. For their midterm and final projects, students evaluate and create typical scientific and technical documents. (While this class is appropriate for all majors, it is especially helpful for students enrolled in a science and technology curriculum.)

Credits            3
Prerequisite     Students shall be eligible to enroll in ENGL-121.
Note:              Students are encouraged to successfully complete ENGL-121 before enrolling
                          in ENGL-230.
Instructor        Downie Perunovich

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of various writing invention strategies.
  • Effectively identify, analyze, and address the audience.
  • Determine the purpose and scope of the written communication and state it clearly.
  • Write informative and persuasive technical communication.
  • Organize ideas effectively to achieve the purpose and meet the audience’s needs.
  • Support claims with adequate, pertinent, and effective evidence.
  • Correctly use the most common work-related writing formats.
  • Analyze stylistic options, the choices among them, and the reason for using each.
  • Edit, revise, and proofread documents to achieve more effective communication of information.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with peers.
  • Locate and evaluate information using hardcopy, online, and Internet sources.
  • Use appropriate software programs as tools for writing.

Major Course Topics

  • Writing as a recursive process
  • Social and cultural issues in technical communication
  • Shaping the text for the reader
  • Revising for a readable, professional style
  • Research techniques for primary and secondary sources, including finding, analyzing, and evaluating Internet sources
  • Document design
  • Ethics in technical communication

Course Format

  • Course is not self-paced.
  • Course does not require on-campus meetings.
  • Course does not require real-time chats.
  • Communication in the class will take place through e-mail and bulletin board postings.


Please check the list of scheduled orientations to see if this course has a face-to-face orientation. If a face-to-face orientation is scheduled, the list will provide specifics about date, time, and location.

Course Requirements

Weekly Modules

  1. Read the assigned chapter from the textbook (listed under “Materials”).
  2. Access the textbook’s companion Web site and complete the assigned exercise.
  3. Post and respond to messages from the related writing assignment on the discussion board.

Additional Assignments

  • Midterm project
  • Final project


  • Textbook: Deborah C. Andrews, Technical Communication in the Global Community, Second Edition
  • Microsoft Office Suite

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to

Last updated on 8-April-11
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