Technical & Business Writing: Course Document
Technical & Business Writing is currently being offered as ENGL 2311 at Austin Community College. This document describes the general requirements for all ENGL 2311 courses, regardless of their format or delivery medium.
ENGL 2311 introduces students to the kinds of communication which careers require. The course strengthens writing skills and provides training in clear, orderly, readable writing and in effective speech presentations.
No longer must student who enter ENGL 2311 have completed ENG 1301 Composition I or its equivalent with a passing grade. However, students of ENGL 2311 are also expected to have a good command of standard written English.
Important! This course does not satisfy the prerequisite requirement for literature courses. Students planning to take literature must take ENGL 1302 English Composition II or an equivalent as a prerequisite. Students who intend to transfer to a university must be aware of ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 requirements. Please consult with your adviser.
ENGL 2311 consists of some combination of the following assigments, depending on individual instructor preferences:
- Business correspondence
- Definition, description, process
- Job-application letter
- Progress report
- Brief information report such as a recommendation report
- Formal researched report project
- Oral presentation
The course provides instruction in effective writing and speaking practices and an effective, orderly style. Individual instructors may require additional assignments.
All ENGL 2311 instructors will use the following grading standards:
- Exceeds assignment guidelines.
- Strong and consistent definition of audience and purpose.
- Thoughtful and innovative adaptation of subject to audience needs.
- Subject organized usefully at every level for reader comprehension.
- Format well suited to audience needs.
- Writing is free from all errors attributed to careless proofing.
- Meets assignment guidelines well.
- Purpose and audience clearly defined.
- Style consistently appropriate to audience and subject.
- Support for subject with specifics as well as generalities.
- Economy of expression.
- Information included is sufficient for reader needs.
- Appropriate word choice; format suits audience needs.
- Variety of sentence style.
- Writing free from mechanical and stylistic errors.
- Meets assignment guidelines.
- Adequate use of format to meet audience needs.
- Organization present.
- Style appropriate to purpose and audience.
- Writer demonstrates general mastery of standard written English.
- Writing free from obvious and excessive errors in grammar, style, and usage.
- Meets assignment objectives adequately.
- Inadequate use of format.
- Poor development of subject relative to audience needs.
- Subject poorly suited to audience; shifts in audience or tone.
- Inadequate awareness of audience or purpose.
- Gaps in logic.
- Parts of the discussion missing or out of order.
- No discernable style relative to audience and purpose.
- Writer demonstrates an unsatisfactory mastery of standard written English conventions.
- Assignment fails to meet stated objectives.
- Unsatisfactory use of format.
- Lack of audience or purpose.
- No logical connections between ideas, sentences, or paragraphs.
- No consistency of style or tone.
- Writer demonstrates poor command of standard written English.
- Poor handling of such matters as spelling, syntax, and idioms.
Revision policies are defined by individual ENGL 2311 instructors.
Each instructor's class policy statement will explain the way in which final course grades will be derived.
At the first class meeting, each TCM instructor will make aailable a statement outlining policies on attendance, office hours, lateness, late assignments, and revisions.
Plagiarism means borrowing or adapting an author's ideas or words without acknowledging their source. Assignments submitted in ENGL 2311 are expected to be original work by the student. The Department of Technical Communications will enforce College policies against plagiarists.
Online ENGL 2311 and These Requirements
Our online ENGL 2311 meets these general requirements in the following ways (individual instructors can modify these policies):
- Students do the oral report by e-mailing scripts of their oral report to the instructor—unless the instructor requires some other method.
- The description, process, and definition assignments are embedded in the recommendation, instructions, and proposal assignments.
- The abstract assignment is embedded in the progress report assignment.