ENG/221 Course Syllabus Essay

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Course Syllabus
College of Information Systems & Technology
ENG/221 Version 5
Technical Writing Fundamentals

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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 e-mails, memos, reports, proposals, project specifications, and user manuals, as well as other technical documents.
Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:
University policies: You must be logged into the
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Read Ch. 6, “Researching and Evaluating Source Material,” of Technical Communication in the Twenty-First Century.
(all week)
Participation and Discussion Questions
Participate in class discussion. You must post at least two messages, including initial responses to Discussion Questions (DQs), to the Main forum on four separate days in the week.
Respond to weekly discussion questions.
Initial response to Week 2 DQ 1 due Thursday, September 5.
Initial response to Week 2 DQ 2 due Saturday, September 7.
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Learning Team Assignment
Begin preparation for completing the Week 5 learning team assignment, the final version of the user manual.
Select one of the following topics as the focus of your user manual and presentation:
University Library
Virtual Organizations
Online discussion forums
Write a 1- to 2-page memo to your facilitator describing which of the available topics your learning team has chosen.
Include an introductory paragraph indicating which of the three software applications the learning team has chosen as the focus of its user manual and presentation.
Do not include more than one introductory paragraph.
Include a preliminary table of contents for the user manual.
September 9
Individual Assignment
Read the following scenario:
Your manager wants to use web conferencing to hold weekly status meetings, but has not decided on a program. You have been assigned to do some basic

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