English 222: Technical Writing — Technical Writing Project

Major Course Project

In the work place, many of you will be called on to take part in large writing projects. You might have to write an entire company manual or you might have to write just a few pages for someone else’s project.

I believe the best way to really learn the in’s and out’s of technical writing is for you to undertake your own major Technical Writing Project.

We’ll be working from a broad definition of technical writing, so that means you may propose any type of Technical Writing Project you like. Occasionally proposals do not get approved, but for the most part, that’s a rare occurrence. Your Technical Writing Project may be:

  • one that will be used for real (for example, you could create a web site for a club to which you belong)
  • a project for a fictional audience (for example, you could write the manual for a video game you might want to create or you might create a new web site for )
  • something you do for fun (you might want to create a Guide to Spider-man if you really enjoyed the movie)

You can propose:

  • a document for any place where you work
  • a document for your major department, a professor you know, or a class at IUP
  • a document for an organization you belong to (for example a club, a fraternity or sorority, or a church group to which you belong

Your Technical Writing Project should definitely:

  • Be something you have a strong interest in writing
  • Involve a fair amount of writing
  • Let you make use of some graphics and other design elements
  • Be worth your time (if the project feels like a waste of time, you’ve proposed the wrong project!)
  • Belong to you, not to your instructor (do a project that matters to you, that way, you’ll do a much better job on it)

Technical Writing Project Materials

Technical Writing Project Required Materials

To successfully finish your Technical Writing Project, you must complete all of these materials and hand them in or post them online by the appropriate deadline:

  • Project Cover Page or Web Front/Splash/Home Page (what you see first, including the Project Title)
  • Table of Contents/Menu
  • Project Introduction (explains the purpose of the project and what audience the project is intended for; might be on the first page of a web site)
  • Project Document Body (10-20 pages of document content with some substantive writing; the heart of the project)
  • Technical Writing Project Style Sheet (outlining basic project design decisions; this can be linked to web projects or included as an appendix in printed projects)
  • Project Delivery Letter (used for delivering your project)
  • Project Evaluation Form (used as one means of evaluating your project)