Professional and Technical Writing
Mastering the Fundamentals
M/T/W/R/F: 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Crystal Shelnutt
Office: Pafford 315
Phone: (678) 839-4858
Office Hours: M/T/W/R/F: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. & by
Texts: (You must have your text with you on
the first day of classes. For details on your assigned reading in preparation
for that evening’s class, please see our Course Calendar.)
The Essential of Technical Communication.
Second Edition. Tebeaux, Elizabeth and Sam Dragga. Oxford UP. ISBN:
The Business Writer’s Handbook.
Tenth Edition. Alred, Gerald J., Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu.
Bedford St Martins. ISBN: 978-0312-67943-9
English 3405 will familiarize students with rhetorical concepts and writing
forms required for diverse technical and professional situations. An
analysis of the climates under which many of today’s high-technology
industries’ documents are produced will govern students’ written responses
to changing workplace needs. This course will equip students to edit and
adapt their own writing skills to protocols and expectations in different
course offers intensive practice in composing powerful, audience-driven
documents for a variety of private and non-private organizations.
Students will also learn how to create and render—with appropriate
communication skills and attitudes—effective business-related presentations,
supported with documentary and visual aids.
Prerequisites: Successfully passing both ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 with a
grade of “C” or better.
Students will develop the rhetorical acumen and composing skills needed to
prepare a variety of documents required in common business and technical
Students will learn teamwork and collaborative authorship skills.
Students will develop real-world problem-solving techniques.
Students will understand and practice the scrupulous attention to detail
necessary in a business and technical writing environment.
Students will become aware of techniques for adapting their writing to the
demands of a highly audience-driven, context-sensitive field.
Students will develop techniques for making effective business presentations
to individuals and groups.
Students will understand and appreciate internationally and culturally
diverse styles of business communication.
course fulfills one of the departmental requirements for the completion of
the English major and the English major with Secondary Education.
Students will develop the analytical, oral and written skills to pursue
graduate study or careers in teaching, writing, business, and a variety of
course is a writing intensive class; therefore the goals, aims, and premises
for the Discipline Specific Writing Curriculum Program will be included as
part of our academic core standards. Expect that you will engage in both
writing to learn (formal and informal) and writing to communicate exercises
as part of your coursework.
the specifics of DSC, visit their website:
Topics and Assignments
project’s information sheet will be linked from the reading schedule, with
full detail on protocols, due dates, etc.
a reading quiz each day material from our texts is assigned on the course
calendar—these grades will be folded into your daily percentage.
Quizzes & ICAs
Bad News Letter
Letter and Resume
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.
visit the link on the Department’s website for details:
Along with form and content, I will consider overall aesthetics when assessing
(In addition to
UWG's "Common Language" Policies)
Department of English and Philosophy defines plagiarism as taking personal
credit for the words and ideas of others as they are presented in
electronic, print, and verbal sources. The Department expects that students
will accurately credit sources in all assignments. An equally dishonest
practice is fabricating sources or facts; it is another form of
misrepresenting the truth. Plagiarism is grounds for failing this course.
For further information see:
The Faculty Handbook, sections 207 and 208.0401:
or the Student Uncatalogue “Rights and Responsibilities,” Appendix J:
Students in this course should demonstrate the ability to produce
independent writing (writing without collaborative assistance of peers,
writing tutors, or professionals in the field) that shows a level of
competency. Although classroom activities and out-of-class assignments may
highlight collaborative learning and collaborative research, excessive
collaboration (collaboration that results in the loss of a student’s
voice/style and original claims to course-related work) is considered
another form of academic dishonesty and therefore any assignment discovered
to have been constructed in this manner will receive a grade of “F.”
Turning in papers written for other professors or courses is not permitted;
projects deemed as such will receive an automatic “F.”
By virtue of our limited time together this mini-mester, we meet for a total
of only fourteen days, and the enormous amount of material that will
covered, you must attend all classes. Should you incur an absence, you may
be administratively withdrawn. Be aware that no distinction exists between
excused and unexcused absences.
it may appear silly that discourtesy on the part of her students must be
addressed by a university professor, I find conduct issues do arise and
therefore must take precedence when outlining my expectations for your behavior
during the course. So, here is my policy: Students will be dismissed from any
class meeting at which they exhibit behavior that disrupts 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, or
using/viewing personal and/or video devices.
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. Stow
your electronics in your bags under your seat for the duration.
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.
No late work will be accepted. Nor will I accept electronic submissions
unless otherwise specified.
This semester I am available for consultation during my posted office
hours. Should you need to email me directly, please use the address listed
above. Keep in mind that if we are to confer, you must have directed,
specific questions to pose; I cannot address your papers, projects or
assignments in a general sense. As per University policy, I can only
communicate with you via your “My UWG” account.
I pledge to do my best to work with the University to provide all students
with equal access to my classes and materials, regardless of special needs,
temporary or permanent disability, special needs related to pregnancy, etc.
Students with documented special needs may expect accommodation in relation
to classroom accessibility, special test administration, etc. If you have a
registered disability that will require accommodation, please see me at the
beginning of the semester. If you have a disability that you have not
registered with the University, please contact Dr. Ann Phillips in Parker
While the syllabus and course calendar have been meticulously planned, there
may be times that I find it necessary, based upon the demands of our own
class, to tweak or modify them. Be aware that it is your responsibility to
print a copy of the syllabus and stay abreast of the changes to the reading
and/or assignment schedule.
student is 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.
in mind that while this is a technology-enhanced course, and we will—by virtue
of our work stations here in TLC 1109—compose many of our documents on the
computer, the primary focus of the class is professional and technical
composition, not necessarily web design or desk top publishing.