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Technical Writing

This writing-intensive course provides students with practice developing rhetorically effective and ethically sensitive communication in genres that characterize professional activity across and outside the university. No prior technical knowledge required.

This course introduces rhetorical analysis and user experience design as a means of developing complex information for audiences ranging from professional peers to the general public. Communication via prose, speech, visuals, and gestures springs from work in many genres, which may include research reports, infographics, technical instructions, translations, and student-generated data. We will attend to document design and explore possibilities for developing narratives using quantitative data.