English 222: Technical Writing — Course Schedule

Course Schedule

Week 1: What is Technical Writing?

  • getting started (course introduction)
  • TechJournal 1: Technology & Work
  • review of technical writing samples
  • writing definitions of technical writing
  • TechJournal 2: Technology’s Impact on Language
  • creating basic home pages

Week 2: Writing Definitions

  • No Class (Sep. 2): Labor Day
  • definitions of simple objects
  • writing effective definitions
  • writing definitions of common college terms

Weeks 3: Graphic Design

  • symbols
  • graphic design principles
  • TechJournal 3: Visual Literacy
  • Microsoft Publisher basics
  • redesigning ads
  • creating web home pages

Week 4: Document Design

  • text design principles lecture
  • practice work with text design principles (2 days)

Week 5-6: Proposal Writing

  • proposal writing lecture (1 day)
  • recruitment and Retention Proposal writing (2 days)
  • critique of proposals (1 day)
  • Technical Writing Project Proposals
  • No Class (Oct. 5)

Weeks 7-8: Document Organization & Writing Style

  • No Class (Oct. 8)
  • Movie Orders 2010
  • document organization schemes
  • language formality
  • readability analysis
  • style sheets

Week 8: Instructional Writing

  • following simple directions
  • advanced real world directions
  • directions nightmares
  • no assembly required
  • critiquing sample directions

Week 9: The Campus Directions Project

  • planning campus directions project
  • writing and revising campus directions
  • posting campus directions
  • No Class (Oct. 26): EAPSU Conference

Week 10: Career Services Site/Project Work

  • walking campus directions paths
  • register for IUP career services site
  • TechJournal: best jobs
  • discuss best jobs
  • Project Work Day
  • memo writing
  • project memo creation

Week 11: Goal Setting & Resumes

  • career planning
  • critiquing sample resumes
  • effective resume design
  • student resume critiques

Week 12: Writing Job Application Letters

  • critiquing sample job application letters
  • techniques for writing job application letters
  • student job application letter critiques
  • schedule individual Project Review Meetings to discuss evaluations of Technical Writing Project

Week 13: Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 19 Mon. – Nov. 23 Fri.

  • No Class
  • work on Technical Writing Project

Week 14: Project Delivery & Copy Editing

  • performance reviews
  • copy editing discussion
  • copy edit Technical Writing Projects
  • Full Technical Writing Project Draft Due (Nov. 30)

Weeks 15: Project Review Meetings
Dec. 3 Mon. – Dec. 7 Fri.

  • Individual Meetings to check progress of Technical Writing Projects

Week 16: Final Meetings

Last Regular Class Day
Dec. 10 Mon.

  • writing effective project cover letters

Final Exam Meeting
Dec. 12 Wed. (10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

  • final project due
  • course online evaluation
  • project class luncheon
  • Project Delivery Letter Due