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UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX ONLINE 
Course Syllabus
 
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Course Information
 
COURSE NUMBER: Eng/221
 
COURSE TITLE: Technical Writing Fundamentals

COURSE START DATE: December 9, 2008

COURSE END DATE: January 26, 2009

 
REQUIRED READING: 

Students are required to read all materials available at the rEsource site for this course on http://mycampus.uophx.edu. From your homepage, in the box for this course, click on rEsource.

Note: The Gregg Reference Manual and the APA Manual are program textbooks to be acquired at the beginning of the degree program to be used throughout the course of the degree Program.

Note: All reading materials can be found on the COMM/221 [pic] course page. The [pic] page can be accessed through the University of Phoenix Student and Faculty Website at https://mycampus.phoenix.edu/

No password is required to access these readings.

Facilitator Information

Lois Theisen, MA
UOP email address-ladyl@email.phoenix.edu
Personal email—ltheisen@mchsi.com

Central Time Zone

Facilitator Availability

I'm available from 2 P.M.-9 P.M. Central Time on most days. If these times are not convenient for you, please let me know, and I will be happy to accommodate your schedule if at all possible. I provide you with these times to make it easier to communicate with me, not to limit our contact and want you to know that, should you need to contact me outside these time frames, you should not hesitate to do so.  

For emergencies when you are not able to gain access to messages on the OLS exchange server - Web Access: https://ecampus.phoenix.edu, please send a message to my personal email address.  
Facilitator Bio

I am posting my Online autobiography in a separate note (in the Chat Forum) to give you more information about me. I look forward to reading your autobiographies and getting to know you.

Words of Welcome

Welcome to COMM 221, Technical Writing Fundamentals. I’ll do all I can to ensure the next five weeks will be a stimulating, learning experience for all of us. If you have questions, please feel free to post your questions under a special Questions for Lois Thread in the Main forum or send an email to me.

General Course Description
This course covers the fundamentals and best practices of using written communication in business and in the information technologies. Topics include strategies, techniques, and nuances for producing emails, memos, reports, proposals, project specifications, and user manuals as well as other technical documents.  

Course Objectives

WEEK 1 - TOPIC 1: THE TECHNICAL WRITING PROCESS

Objectives

• Identify uses of technical writing in the corporate environment. • Describe the differences between technical writing and expository writing.

WEEK 2 - TOPIC 1: WRITING REPORTS & PROPOSALS

Objectives

• Create a request for proposal.
• Apply effective document design and graphics in technical writing.

WEEK 3 - TOPIC 1: TECHNICAL WRITING IN THE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT

Objectives

• Identify intellectual property issues in the corporate environment. • Create letters and memos with appropriate formatting for the corporate environment.

WEEK 4 - TOPIC 1: WRITING TECHNICAL INSTRUCTIONS & USER MANUALS

Objectives

• Integrate appropriate visual elements into a user manual. • Create clear, concise, accurate, and coherent written communication for a user manual. • Identify the criteria for writing a user manual.

WEEK 5 - TOPIC 1: PREPARING PRESENTATIONS

Objectives

• Use effective layout and design in presentations.
• Prepare a presentation for a management audience.

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The Online Weekly Schedule

Online weeks begin on Tuesday and end on Monday.
Day 1 - Tuesday
Day 2 - Wednesday
Day 3 - Thursday
Day 4 -...

References: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1.  Based on Hamilton’s (2007) article, what intellectual property issues do you need to be concerned about as a technical writer?  Where do you think most intellectual property violations occur for the technical writer? Why?
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