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English 156 Introduction to Report and Technical Writing

Instructor: Marcel Kristel


mkristel@ohlone.edu

Spring 2015
Required Materials

Class: Technical Report Writing Today, 10th edtion,


Riordan & Pauley
Online access to Blackboard
Course Content
This course will address principles of technical communication and provide students with a basis for communication problem-solving.
The course will familiarize students with the fundamentals of text editing and rhetorical skills and will teach students how to
communicate effectively to various target groups, including non-technical audiences who may be outside their field of study. Students
will develop effective writing and editing strategies for technical writing and adopt the skills that will assist them in planning and
executing written and oral projects.
Desired Course Outcome
To improve proficiency in written and oral communication skills
To emphasize understanding of and performance in professional written and speaking situations
To develop collaborative projects
To analyze communication models and create coherent documents
To advance students' ability to communicate effectively in a variety of professional environments
Topics Covered
Written workemail communication, memos, instructions, log books, lab reports, analytical documentation, proposals, conference
papers, feasibility studies, training reports and progress reports
Presentationsprogress reports, feasibility studies and explanatory discussions
Grades
Assessment is through written assignments, written reports, oral presentations, attendance and class participation.
Student Learning Outcomes
The student will

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Apply the fundamentals of English usage


Construct vocationally oriented materials
Use various techniques (i.e., mind mapping, storyboarding) to create and organize materials
Write clear, concise, cogent, organized prose
Write documents according to a specified style guide or manuscript form
Write documents according to employment requirements
Create sets of instructions emphasizing clarity and efficacy
Friday, May 15, 2015

English 156 Introduction to Report and Technical Writing


Instructor: Marcel Kristel
mkristel@ohlone.edu

Spring 2015

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES


Students at Ohlone College are expected to pursue their course work with integrity and honesty. Academic dishonesty occurs when a
student attempts to show possession of a level of knowledge or skill which he or she does not possess. The two most common kinds of
academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism. Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work
through the use of dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means. Plagiarism is when students represent the work of someone else as their
own and submit it to fulfill academic requirements. Students are responsible for knowing what constitutes academic dishonesty and
for consulting with instructors about questions or concerns. Copies of the Policy on Academic Dishonesty are available from the
Office of the Vice President, Student Services in Building 7, first floor on the Fremont campus; from the Vice President, Student
Services,Fremont campus; and online at http://www.ohlone.edu/org/studentservices/academic-dishonesty.html.
STUDENTS WHO SUBMIT PLAGIARIZED WORK WILL RECEIVE AN "F" FOR THE COURSE.
THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
DATES CLASS MEETS AT NEWARK CAMPUS, ROOM NP-3

January 29
February 12
February 26
March 12
April 2
April 16
April 30
May 14
May 21 (final)
IMPORTANT DATES

Holiday: Presidents Day

Monday, February 16

Spring Break

Thursday, March 26

Last day to drop full-term class with a W grade

Friday, April 24

Final Exam

Thursday, May 21

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Friday, May 15, 2015