Community College of Rhode Island
Office Hours by Appointment
REQUIRED TEXT AND RESOURCES
John. Technical Communication. 8th edition, Longman, 2000.
A dictionary (preferably American Heritage). Some good ones are available online also.
3.5" diskettes for in-class assignments (strongly recommended)
Regular access to email, word processing and the Web.
At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Understand and apply concepts of technical writing
Recognize and use different types of technical documentation
Competently use different research strategies in the writing process
Write different types of documents, using audience, structure, and style considerations
Apply visual, design and usability elements to documentation
Use graphics to enhance the quality of documentation
Executive abstract memos and writing assignments
In-class exercises and assignments
ASSIGNMENTS (not necessarily in this order)
Memos (Chapter 18)
The schedule of weekly reading and specifications for the course assignments will be posted online at:
Other course information will be distributed to you by email. You are expected to regularly check the web site and your email.POLICIES
Regular attendance is required. In-class assignments are an essential part of the classroom experience. Students are not allowed to make up in-class assignments. If the student misses more than 3 classes, their grade may be reduced by a letter grade (ten points).
Assignments are due at the beginning of each class, unless otherwise specified. Computers can pose special problems, for a variety of reasons. You are expected to plan for such contingencies. Make sure to maintain multiple backups of your computer disks. Draft, revise and print your assignments ahead of their due dates.
The following considerations are applied in the grading process:
Did the student follow all of the criteria for each specific assignment?
Was all work submitted?
Was it submitted in a timely manner?
Did the student address and apply the concepts discussed in the textbook or class which may apply to this specific assignment?
Did the work address considerations of audience and environment?
Was the work error free?
Did the work have appropriate grammar and language usage, and use the expressive range of the language?
Each student is allowed one late assignment, if you have contacted me before the assignment is due. Work is considered to be late if it is not submitted at the beginning of class. Late assignments which have not been received within a week of the due date, will NOT be accepted.
CCRI’S POLICY ON PLAGIARISM
8.27.17 Instructors shall have the explicit duty to take action in known cases of cheating and plagiarism. The instructor shall have the right to fail a student on the assignment on which the instructor has determined that a student has cheated or plagiarized. The circumstances of this failure shall be reported to the student’s academic dean. The student may appeal the matter to the instructor’s dean, and the decision by the dean shall be expeditious and final. The Dean of the College of Continuing Education shall be the instructor’s dean only in cases of courses.