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FALL 2018   English 3590W

(Technical & Professional Communication)

Texts: None required.

(I will email/print any necessary course texts.)

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Alexander

(102 Park Hall,


Course Objectives, Goals, and Expectations:

This course is designed to explore both theoretical and practical applications of technical communications through a variety of different disciplines including biology (cellular, micro, plant), computer sciences, ecology, engineering (agricultural, civil, mechanical), genetics, health sciences, mathematics (applied, computational, cryptographic, statistical), pharmacology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.

We will engage in technical and professional communications as they operate – as well as how they are perceived – within disciplines not ordinarily associated with these concepts and ideas. We will concentrate on writing in a variety of technical forms of discourse.

We will also emphasize practicing writing processes, secondary research, and problem-solving; recognizing the rhetorical character of scientific and technical discourse with its multiple purposes and audiences; evaluating and integrating a variety of written, visual, and oral elements of design; and developing field-specific vocabularies for talking about this discourse.

Students enrolled in this course can expect to learn the organization, style, and conventions appropriate to various forms of technical communication; practice writing processes, learn research methods, and develop appropriate styles; create effective documents for professional and technical settings, as well as for non-technical audiences; work with each other as a group of professionals, and use multiple communicative technologies.