WR 227Z: Technical Writing

Credits 4
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WR 227Z introduces students to producing instructive, informative, and persuasive technical/professional documents aimed at well-defined and achievable outcomes. The course focuses on presenting information using rhetorically appropriate style, design, vocabulary, structure, and visuals. Students can expect to gather, read, and analyze information and to learn a variety of strategies for producing accessible, usable, reader-centered deliverable documents that are clear, concise, and ethical.

Two instructor conferences required. Prerequisites: WR 121, basic computer literacy, and intermediate word processing skills. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Outcomes for this course require working through multiple drafts of several pieces of writing with time to separate the acts of writing and revising; in addition, the reading outcomes require time to read, reread, reflect, respond, interpret, analyze, and evaluate.

Upon completion of WR 227Z with a "C" or better, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply key rhetorical concepts through analyzing, designing, composing, and revising a variety of deliverable documents for technical/professional contexts.
  2. Engage in project-based research, applying appropriate methods of inquiry for clearly defined purposes (e.g., user experience research and client/organization research).
  3. Collaborate with various stakeholders to develop and apply flexible and effective strategies for managing projects.
  4. Develop and adapt document design and composition strategies to meet the demands of diverse clients, organizations, and multicultural audiences.
  5. Examine and respond to individual and professional ethical responsibilities across organizational contexts.

Basic computer literacy and intermediate word processing skills also required.

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