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ENTC 3030 Technical Communications


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Title: ENTC 3030 Technical Communications

ENTC 3030Technical Communications
  • Syllabus

ENTC 3030Technical Communications
  • Instr. Dr. Hugh Blanton
  • Phone 439-4177
  • email blanton_at_etsu.edu
  • web http//faculty.etsu.edu/blanton
  • Office Wilson-Wallis 222-A
  • Office Hrs T1130 am 230 pm
  • or by appointment

  • Paradis, James Zimmerman, Muriel. The MIT
    Guide to Science and Engineering Communication,
    2nd Ed. MIT Press. Cambridge, MA. 2002.
  • Valiela, Ivan. Doing Science Design, Analysis,
    and Communication of Scientific Research. Oxford
    University Press. New York, NY. 2001.

  • The primary focus of the course will be hot
    topics in technology or science.
  • Each student will present before the class one
    topic chosen from the list of suggested topics
    and references.
  • The topic choices are due no later than Feb.
  • Hand in the title of your seminar topic, followed
    by a sentence explaining the reason for choosing
  • Students who could not decide will be assigned
    one of the available topics on the list.
  • All students will be given two public speaking
    opportunities about their respective topic,
  • a short (5 min) overview and
  • a longer (40 min) seminar talk.

Short overview  (5 min.)
  • This is a brief warm-up presentation
  • explaining what the topic is about,
  • why it was chosen,
  • why it is interesting,
  • why it is important,
  • what is new,
  • etc.

Seminar (40 min.)
  • This is a more detailed seminar-style talk
    followed by a classroom discussion.

Presentation styles and formats include  
  • Blackboard presentations--Technically simplest
    but limited in amount and quality of presenting
    data and visual information.
  • Transparencies--Requires printing or writing on
    (expensive) transparencies.
  • Allows display of graphics but no animations.
  • A limited number of transparencies will be
    available for the class.
  • Ask the instructor.
  • Slides- Same as transparencies but has to be
    prepared professionally.

Presentation styles and formats include  
  • Computer presentations - This is the most
    versatile and convenient format.
  • It easily allows integration of animation, sound,
    graphics and  interactive displays.
  • One of the best presentation programs is
    Microsoft Power Point.
  • The class will have a projector for computer

Course objectives
  • Write effective technical and research reports,
    proposals, procedures and process explanations,
    memoranda, and professional correspondence
    addressing a variety of audiences
  • Prepare and deliver professional presentations
    and briefings, using visuals and computer
  • Identify, retrieve, and critically analyze
    technical and related information through on-line
    networks and databases to investigate an issue or
    solve problems
  • Develop, integrate and edit tables, charts, and
  • Review and revise written and oral communication
  • Work productively in a team, with emphasis on the
    team process, decision making strategies, and
    project planning and
  • Understand ethical responsibilities of providing
    accurate information and communicating
    effectively with the general public and

Topics covered
  • Communication context situation, purpose,
  • Communication attributes content, structure,
    format, language, illustrations
  • Writing as a process
  • Correspondence
  • Library resources and research strategies
  • Technical Proposals
  • Strategies for designing persuasive, informative,
    or motivational documents
  • Standards for technical reports
  • Revising and editing technical documents
  • Grammar review
  • Technical presentations
  • Illustrations, graphs, and tables
  • Collaborative writing

Relationship of course to undergraduate degree
program objectives and outcomes
  • This course serves students in a variety of
    technology majors.
  • This course partially fulfills the Technology
    Core requirements for the Dept. of Technology.

Assessment of student progress toward course
  • Correspondence (memos, letters, resume)
  • Proposal for the technical report
  • Progress report (written or oral)
  • Formal technical report
  • Oral presentations (individual and team)
  • Process explanation, Instruction set, or
    Illustrations (team project)
  • In-class workshops and computer-based exercises
  • Peer reviews
  • Conferences with instructor

  • Revision Option

  • Revision means literally "seeing again,"
    developing a new perspective on the writing task.
  • Just correcting the original work based on my
    comments or your own observations will not be
    accepted as revision
  • instead, you'll have to rewrite the document
  • Some revisions can raise your grade
  • all revisions should help you learn more about
    writing well.
  • Im happy to help you to revise
  • I highly recommend that you check in with me at
    some point before you submit a revised assignment
    so I can help you
  • focus on the most important areas,
  • brainstorm options,
  • assess your progress, and
  • otherwise assist you to improve.

Revision Grading
  • Revisions of two assignments can be submitted for
  • No risk is involved (you cannot receive a lower
    grade than the one originally assigned)
  • but neither do you have a guarantee of earning a
    higher grade for your effort.
  • In order to insure that you work hard on your
    initial assignments, revision grades will not be
    more than one full grade higher than the original
  • Revision grades replace the original grades
    rather than being averaged with them.

  • The original document containing my comments and
    grade must accompany the revision,
  • along with old and new background material.

  • You may submit a revised assignment at any time
    during the semester
  • all revisions are due one week before the last
    day of classno exceptions.
  • Students often find it useful to delay revision
    until later in the semester for the following
  • They can apply the additional course material to
    improve their writing
  • They learn by practicing their writing skills in
    other assignments
  • They gain perspective by putting the work away
    for a time
  • They have more assignments to consider for
    revision, so they can choose the ones that will
    count most toward their course grade

  • Course Schedule

Course IntroductionWeek 2
  • Introduction to ENTC 3030
  • Students
  • Instructor
  • Office Hrs
  • Assignments
  • Grading
  • Read
  • Chapter 1 of Paradis/Zimmerman
  • Chapter 5 of Valiela

No ClassWeek 3
  • Observance of Martin Luther Kings birthday.

ReviewWeek 4
  • Review of Grammar
  • Introduction to Technical Communications
  • Read
  • Chapters 2, 17 of Paradis/Zimmerman

Week 5
  • Searching the Literature
  • Goals
  • Homework
  • Read Chapters 7,8, 9 of Paradis/Zimmerman

Week 6--February 10, 2003
  • Writing Proposals
  • Progress Reports
  • Memos, Letters, and email
  • Homework
  • Read Chapters 12 of Paradis/Zimmerman

Week 7
  • Instructions Procedures
  • Selection of project due.
  • Homework
  • Read Chapters 4 5 of Paradis/Zimmerman

Week 8
  • Revising Documents
  • Developing Graphics
  • Read
  • Chapters 16 18 of Paradis/Zimmerman
  • Chapter 8 of Valiela

Week 9
  • Document Design
  • Citation Reference Styles
  • Homework
  • Read Chapters 3 10 of Paradis/Zimmerman

Week 10
  • Organizing Drafting Documents
  • Reports
  • Homework
  • Read Chapters 14 15 of Paradis/Zimmerman

Spring BreakMarch 17, 2003
Week 11
  • Job Search Documents
  • Oral Presentations
  • Read
  • Chapters 14 15 of Paradis/Zimmerman
  • Chapter 7 of Valiela

Week 12
  • Oral Reports

Week 13
  • Oral Reports

Week 14
  • Oral Reports

Week 15
  • Oral Reports

ENTC 3030

  • Grades will be calculated as follows
  • Oral presentations 25
  • Short overview 10
  • Proposal presentation 15
  • Written presentations 60
  • Topic choice 5
  • Overviewreport 15
  • Resume 10
  • Proposal report 15
  • Memo 10
  • Procedures 5
  • Subjective 15

Grade guidelines
ENTC 3030

Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Request for proposal to
  • Develop a method for non-destructively testing
    the quality and taste of watermelons.
  • Analyze the newly established lottery system in
    Tennessee and its effects on higher education.
  • Analyze the effect of the proposed class fee on
    the Department of Digital Media curriculum.
  • Develop a strategy for marketing a specific
    curriculum taught at ETSU.
  • Analyze the effects of the development of an
    income tax in Tennessee.
  • Analyze a topic covered in Scientific American.

Homework Brief Biographical Sketch
  • Id like to know more about you, so I can work
    with your interests, experiences and attitudes to
    create a comfortable and effective learning
    environment for you.
  • Id also like to see what you already know about
  • So, please design a document that gives me the
    information that I request in a useful form.
  • Name
  • E-mail and/or phone and any limitations (e.g.
    calling times)
  • Websites (your own, ones you like)
  • Year and academic area
  • Career direction
  • What do you consider to be the most interesting
    thing about yourself?
  • Name some scientific or technical subjects that
    you find particularly interesting.
  • What are some of your nonacademic
  • When did you last take a writing course? What
  • What are the three most recent communications you
    have written (papers, reports, memos, proposals,
    etc.) and for whom?
  • What would you like to improve about your
    writing? Confess your chief anxiety about writing
    and about this course.
  • What other courses are you taking this semester
    (please include instructor name and/or section
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