ERIC Number: ED215360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Course and Curriculum in Advanced Technical Communication.
A course in advanced technical communication was developed at West Virginia University for upper-division students in engineering and the sciences and those planning careers in technical communication. The first four weeks of the semester are spent copy editing, with the students learning to use standard editing marks and keeping an editor's style sheet. They also learn how the editing function is handled in various work settings. As the semester progresses, the students continue to use their editing skills on one another's work. By engaging in the editing process, the students achieve the first course objective--better writing. Students also read about and write several kinds of professional documents, such as a set of specifications for bidding and a proposal. A simulated public notice is prepared providing the students with an opportunity to learn more about layout, type selection, and copyfitting. Students also attend a demonstration of computerized literature searching and do some on-line searches with the terminal operator. The class project involves the production of an actual document for a campus department. Ethics in technical communication is handled by an ethics specialist of the philosophy department and interaction with members of the technical community is provided during a social evening, giving the students a chance to ask questions. As part of the course, the students end the semester with a simulated, or real, job hunt. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing across the Curriculum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).