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Advanced Essay Composition (Undergraduate)
English 300a gives accomplished student
writers the opportunity to pursue these objectives: to write more
elegantly, to write more persuasively, and to write more interestingly.
Although the course is about
"writing," it also involves significant amounts of
reading--interesting reading, one hopes.
Technical and Professional Writing (Undergraduate)
This course focuses on the fundamentals
of technical writing: what it is, how it works, and why it works. Many
students in this class hope to find careers in technical writing. Other
students take this course because, increasingly, all kinds of careers
require strong writing and communications skills.
Technical Editing (Undergraduate)
In this course, students develop the
skills needed to prepare technical documents for publication. It takes a
"levels of edit" approach. In other words, the course helps
students develop professional competence in matters of mechanics and
correctness, and it also asks students to consider big-picture questions
about communicative strategy and document design.
The Rhetoric of Prose Composition (Graduate)
English 510 focuses on the rhetorical
dimension of "rhetoric and composition." Naturally, no course
can claim to present a comprehensive view of either rhetoric or
composition, so we pursue this modest goal: to read some important
rhetorical commentary and, in turn, to read some current, rhetorically
informed work in composition studies.
Research Methods in Technical Writing (Graduate)
English 525 focuses on the ways scholars
and practitioners do research about technical and other workplace
writing. The course surveys both experimental and qualitative research
methods. It has two main goals: first, to enable participants to better
understand and critique published research; second, to enable
participants to design and implement their own research projects.
Technical and Professional Writing (Graduate)
In this course, traditional graduates
students and people currently in the workplace (1) develop professional
technical communication skills and (2) learn to reflect upon technical
writing as a rhetorical process. Students create documents in several
genres, read and present textbook material, and discuss a variety of
commentary about technical writing, from academic studies to articles
published by working professionals.
Technical Editing (Graduate)
In English 527, traditional graduate
students and people currently in the workplace become familiar with the
processes of technical editing. These processes range from accurate
copyediting to envisioning the appropriate form and purpose for a
technical document. The course emphasizes not just particular skills
(such as using standard markup symbols) but also how editing tasks fit
into the larger process of preparing a technical and professional
documents for publication.
English 398/531 is about
looking—looking carefully at the details of page and screen layouts,
and looking insightfully at the what visual presentations can mean.
Students analyze images and so-called "hybrid texts" and create visually appealing, usable
designs for print and screen.
Theory and Research in Technical and Professional
In English 530, students will examine
important and current trends in research into technical and professional
communication, including (1) empirical research about the practice of
technical communication, (2) rhetorical inquiry about the nature of
technical communication, and (3) research and commentary about the
teaching of technical communication.