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Revision Date: 10-Apr-23

Summer 2023 | ENG-2135-VO01 - Technical Writing & Research

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Karen Tokat
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

Course Description

This course examines the principles and methods of technical writing. Students explore a variety of methods and approaches for creating technical texts, including documents that demonstrate proficiency in the writing of reports, correspondence, manuals, proposals, articles, and specifications. Students must complete a final research paper achieving a grade of C- or better in order to pass this course. This course fulfills the research and writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: English Composition.

Essential Objectives

1. Explore a broad range of texts and published articles from a variety of sources modeling technical writing through reading, writing, and critical discussion.
2. Generate, draft, and revise a variety of technical reports, proposals, graphic aids, manuals, and correspondence, including memos, emails, resumes, and manuals.
3. Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate underlying strategies related to technical writing and communication across different professions and applications, such as instruction and manual writing in manufacturing, or procedural documentation in nursing.
4. Develop strategies and implement skills for addressing the needs of both specific and multiple audiences across different technical rhetorical situations.
5. Apply the principles of technical writing to the student’s chosen field of study, including preparations for workplace interviews, presentations, and reports.
6. Incorporate layout integration and document design into technical documents, including page-design elements suitable for both electronic and print materials.
7. Work collaboratively to produce a group conceived, drafted, and edited technical document.
8. Evaluate completed documents in real-world settings and reflect on their practical application.
9. Demonstrate information literacy skills: distinguish between and utilize both primary and secondary sources; perform library and web-based literature searches; and evaluate data and resources for credibility, reliability, and validity.
10. Demonstrate the ability to apply either APA or MLA citation styles in academic writing by parenthetically citing sources in the text and correctly compiling them in the relevant end sources page.
11. Design, create, and revise a final technical document project, such as—but not limited to—a technical manual, report, or analysis that integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question or professional issue and demonstrate writing proficiency by achieving a grade of C- or better.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


Lots of writing

Lots of reading

Lots of research

Lots of class discussions

Evaluation Criteria

Overall, you will have approximately 12 grades. There are 3 types.

1. WEEKLY GRADES: Each week you will have between 3 and 5 skills assignments which are averaged for a weekly grade. I believe you will find that the work is easy, but that there is a lot of it. Staying organized and getting your work done on time are to your great advantage (OK - I know you already know that). There will be 10 or 11 weekly grades.

2. STAND-ALONE GRADES: You will have 2 stand-alone grades that count the same as a weekly grade. They are the final draft of a cover letter and a final group project.

3. FINAL EXAM: You will have a final exam which I use to evaluate your skills around the work we have done.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


1. Class chat and chat quiz.

2. Gamer article

3. Skills - Ted Talk and responses – personal strengths and weaknesses

4. Introductory Discussion.

5. Types of Technical Writing Discussion



1.Class chat and chat quiz

2.Grammar Nightmare– writing concisely

3. Skills -Cover Letter Assignments

4. Peer introduction Discussion responses



1. Class chat and chat quiz

2.Grammar Nightmare:Strong!!! Verbs

3.Skills –Paraphrasing

4. Group collaboration work – what’s your style?

5. Tech Writing jobs discussion



1.Grammar Nightmare:Sentences, Fragments, Run-ons

2. Skills – Ethics

3. Group collaboration work – knowing your audience

4. Ethics Discussion



1. Cover Letter final draft

2. Skills: Audience chart

3. Group collaboration work – consider the middle schooler, agree on a topic

4. Respond to peer ethics Discussions



1. Grammar Nightmare:Active verbs

2. Skills – Plain language

3. Group collaboration work – What has to be done? Who does what?

4. Plain Language Discussion



1. Grammar Nightmare:Sentence ruining exercise

2. Skills: Research and APA citation -on children and media – 1 positive, 1 negative

3. 0 or 100 – proof you contacted Hartness

4. Group collaboration work – Develop lessons and lesson plans

5. Respond to peers’ Plain language Discussion



1. Grammar Nightmare:Parallel structure

2. Skills: Abstract and Executive summary, e-mail

3. Group collaboration work – Develop lesson plans, e-mail to administrator



1. Grammar Nightmare: Faulty Predication

2. Skills: Abstract and Executive summary, e-mail

3. Group collaboration work – pull project together



Whatever is needed



Submit group project



1. Proof you did class evaluation – 0 or 100

2. Respond to peers' projects

Final exam


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

While I, more than most people, prefer to work alone, Technical Writing really requires the ability to collaborate and communicate with others. This semester we will work on a group project. Your grade on the final product, will also reflect your participation and cooperative involvement in the activity. This is a good way to learn about and practice your group skills in a safe environment. Group work is very important, increases your employability and actually is an interesting aspect of our lives. Try it with us.

Missing & Late Work Policy

PLEASE NOTE that I am somewhat flexible about deadlines. This is because:

1. I know you have complicated and busy lives and sometimes may miss assignments or get behind.

2. If you do poorly on or miss an assignment, it is beneficial for you to redo or finish the assignment.

However, this flexibility is limited and after 3 or 4 weeks the work can no longer be submitted.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.