Department of English Language and Literature

Professional & Technical Writing

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Memorial Field House

1st Floor, Room 1500
Mail Stop 126
Phone: 419.530.2318
Fax: 419.530.4440

Instructional Objectives for Technical and Professional Writing Programs

Atthe completion of a technical writing course, a student will:

  • Practice writing methods used in professional settings in preparation for writing tasks that are expected after graduation in students’ professional lives.
  • Explore writing and research processes from problem-solving through information gathering, planning, drafting, revising, editing and formatting to produce a variety of workplace-oriented communication.
  • Analyze audiences’ needs and expectations, and make effective adaptations in organization of information, detail, tone, diction, and sentence structure for different intended audiences.
  •  Employ differences in writing purpose, format, structure and delivery as relevant to or required by the situation that prompts the writing. 
  • Use recent technology productively in the preparation and production of projects. 
  •  Produce a variety of writing assignments required in different disciplines or intended for vocational tasks. 
  • Develop awareness of the issues and applications that affect international and other-cultural audiences.  
  •   Discriminate between different types of data and select reliable sources of information  appropriate for the writing situation.
  •   Effectively integrate primary and secondary source information into their documents and provide accurate and appropriate citations.  
  •    Work collaboratively to prepare or produce writing projects.
  •  Assess their own writing with increasing insight and make useful suggestions about the drafts produced by peers.
  •  Produce documents according to the standards and in the formats appropriate to or required by the situation
  • Demonstrate competent editing and revising skills through progressive drafts of documents.
  • Apply instructional information to “real world” writing activities and situations. 
  • Move beyond mere “competent” writing to make effective rhetorical choices in keeping with the demands of career-writing
Last Updated: 8/8/17