Sep 29, 2023
ATTR 1150 - Technical Report Writing
Credit Hours: 2.00
Principles of effective industrial reports and letters; industrial reports; obtaining data; analysis of data; outlining and organizing of materials; letter writing techniques.
Billable Contact Hours: 2
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the purpose and characteristics of a technical report and will be able to describe the essential structure of a technical report.
- In a written final examination administered by the instructor, the student will answer one or more questions about the purpose of a technical report, to the satisfaction of the instructor.
- In a written final examination administered by the instructor, the student will answer a series of questions about the characteristics of a technical report.
- In a written final examination administered by the instructor, the student will answer a series of questions about the structure (including the main parts and their purpose) of a technical report.
- The student will score a minimum overall grade of 77% (C) on the final examination.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the process of developing a technical report and will be able to apply the basic skills and principles involved in technical writing.
- In a written final examination, the student will answer a series of questions about the six stages of planning, researching, and writing a technical report. The student will score a minimum overall grade of 77% (C) on the final examination.
- In a short (1500 words) written technical report on a topic approved by the instructor, the student will employ:
- The structure, style and organization of typical technical report
- The basic rules of composition and grammar
- The principles of objectivity (no personal opinion)
- The requirements for valid conclusions, to the instructor’s satisfaction
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the principles of business communications and be able to apply the basic requirements of a business letter in a technical work environment.
- In a written final examination, the student will answer a series of questions about the general purpose and requirements of business communications. The student will score a minimum overall grade of 77% (C) on the final examination.
- Given a hypothetical work-related situation and a model business letter, the student will write a one-page business letter in a standard format and using proper composition and grammar, to the satisfaction of the instructor.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
- Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
- Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
- Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
- Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
- Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
- Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- Introduction: Description (with examples) and purpose of technical reports; typical publication channels; universal format
- Characteristics and requirements of technical reports; identifying and writing for the target audience
- Structure of a technical report: title; abstract; introduction; main body; conclusion; supporting sections
- The technical report process: gathering the data; analyzing and sorting the results; outlining; writing the rough draft; editing and revising the rough draft; writing the final draft
- Gathering the data: selecting and focusing the topic; planning the project; identifying resources and requirements; researching; evaluating the credibility and authority of sources
- Analyzing and sorting the results: selecting relevant data; organizing data in a logical, systematic order
- Outlining: types of outlines; characteristics of a logical, well-planned outline; the outlining process; tips for outlining
- Writing the rough draft: using the outline; flexibility and objectivity (avoiding confirmation bias); making supportable conclusions; using proper language (style), grammar, punctuation; applying general composition rules
- The writing process: the role of creativity; systematic, logical organization; similarities among forms of writing; rules of composition (grammar, punctuation, spelling); characteristics of technical writing (technical style); technical terminology and notation
- The fundamentals of communication: types of communication; relationships to technical writing; risks and results of ineffective communication
- Editing and revising the rough draft: scrupulous editing; importance of simplicity, brevity, clarity, accuracy, attention to detail; proofreading; review by subject-matter experts and other stakeholders
- Writing the final draft: corrections and revisions; documentation (tables and figures); references; polishing the draft; proofreading; APA format
- Professional ethics and legal considerations: plagiarism; copyright issues
- Business writing: overview of business communications; basic formats of business letters
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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