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English 202C

Course Coordinator: Stuart Selber

What is 202C?

ENGL 202C, Technical Writing, serves students who are preparing for careers in the sciences and applied sciences (particularly engineering). This advanced course in writing familiarizes students with the discourse practices prized in their disciplinary and institutional communities-and helps them to manage those practices effectively in their own written work.

Why should I take 202C?

202C is designed to teach the writing strategies and tactics that scientists and engineers will need in order to write successfully on the job. Accordingly, students in the course can expect to

  • Discover and understand the discourse features that distinguish their disciplinary and institutional communities from others.
  • Discover and specify the purpose(s) of their writing.
  • Develop a range of writing processes appropriate to various writing tasks.
  • Identify their readers and describe the characteristics of their readers in a way that forms a sound basis for deciding how to write to them.
  • Invent the contents of their communications through research and reflection. Arrange material to raise and satisfy readers' expectations, using both conventional and rhetorical patterns of organization.
  • Reveal the organization of their communications by using forecasting and transitional statements, headings, and effective page design.
  • Observe appropriate generic conventions and formats for letters, résumés, memoranda, and a variety of informal and formal reports.
  • Design and use tables, graphs, and technical illustrations.
  • Compose effective sentences.
  • Evaluate their documents to be sure that the documents fulfill their purpose and to ensure that they can be revised if necessary.
  • Collaborate effectively with their peers in a community of writers who provide feedback on each other's work and occasionally write together.
  • Write several specific kinds of documents that recur in technical and scientific communities.
  • Employ computer technology effectively in the solution of communication problems.
  • Communicate in an ethically responsible manner.
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