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