Spring 2014

Professional and Technical Writing

Mastering the Fundamentals



English 3405-02W

T/R:  2:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

TLC 1109




Instructor:                           Crystal Shelnutt

Office:                                  Pafford 315

Phone:                                 (678) 839-4858


Email:                                    cshelnut@westga.edu


Office Hours:                     T/R:  7: 30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

                                                W:  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (in the University Writing Center)

                                                And by appointment


Required Texts: 

(You must have both texts with you by the second class period.  For details on assigned reading in preparation for that day’s class, please see our Course Calendar.)


·         The Essentials of Technical Communication.  Second Edition.  Tebeaux, Elizabeth and Sam Dragga. Oxford UP.   ISBN:  978-0-19-989087-1

(Abbreviated as ETC in Course Calendar)


·         The Business Writer’s Handbook.  Tenth Edition.  Alred, Gerald B., Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu.  Bedford Sts Martins.  ISBN:  978-1-4576-0448-5.

(Abbreviated as BWH in Course Calendar)


Common Language for Course Syllabi:

Please carefully review the information at the following link:

It contains important information about your rights and responsibilities in this course.


Course Description



Course Goals



Program Goals



DSC Goals







General Topics and Assignments





Expect a reading quiz each day material from our texts is assigned on the course calendar—these grades will be folded into your daily percentage. 



Coursework Assignments/Grade Determination





Quizzes, ICAs, & Daily



Oral Report





Research paper







2 page analysis of report




(to write a recommendation report)






Recommendation Report






























 While many of our documents will be composed apart from the standard essay model, your paper will nonetheless be graded according to the English Department’s grading criteria for 2000-level and above courses. 

Please visit the link on the Department’s website for details:    http://www.westga.edu/~engdept/fr/Ruby.doc  Along with form and content, I will consider overall aesthetics when assessing your projects.








Disruptive Behavior

Although it may appear absurd that discourtesy on the part of her students must be addressed by a university instructor, I find conduct issues do arise and therefore must take precedence when outlining my expectations for your behavior during the course. 

So, here are my policies: 


Students will be dismissed from any class meeting at which they exhibit behavior that disrupts my instruction or the learning environment of others.  Such behavior includes but is not restricted to:   arriving exceptionally late for class, allowing cell phones to ring, incessant chatter, speaking disrespectfully to the instructor and/or other students, sleeping during class, checking email or surfing the Web, texting, using/viewing personal and/or video devices, or completing work for another professor’s class. 


Each dismissal will count as an absence and be applied toward the attendance-requirement policy as outlined above.  Additionally, no personal electronic device may be located in your hand, upon your person, or on your desktop at any time during the class—unless previously approved by me.  Silence and stow your electronics for the duration. 


NB:  In order to discourage the disruptions that accompany late arrivals, I will deduct ½ an absence for each day that a student is 5 minutes tardy; after 10 minutes, a student will be counted as absent.






°  Students are expected to participate actively and constructively in class discussions, as well as show up prepared for class by completing the assigned reading and writing assignments. 


°  Students are required to have all textbooks and materials before the second class session, and all readings must be completed prior to coming to class on the date they are noted on the Course Calendar.  Books must be brought to class every day—no exceptions.