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CS200W Graduate Technical Writing

Time: See Fall 2009 Schedule of Classes
Location: Science 311
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The purpose of Advanced Technical Writing, CS200W, is to develop advanced proficiency in professional-level writing and contemporary research strategies and methodologies through preparation of proposals, technical reports, and presentations based on peer-reviewed scholarly research. Participants broaden and deepen written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills such that the mastery of discourse accepted in academia, industry, and the international business sector is achieved by practice and evaluation within the preparation of subject-related reports, project proposals, and personal discourse.

All course assignments will be related to issues concerning careers in computer science, biotechnology, business, and industry; all written, verbal, and non-verbal communication will be assessed for correctness, clarity, and conciseness.

Prerequisite: Graduate Level Standing (WST not required)

We will cover principles and practices of effective writing in the workplace. Technical, scientific, and electronic-mediated writing will be introduced. Each assignment includes audience and organizational needs, visual rhetoric, information design, electronic publication, ethics, technical style, usability testing, and team writing.