Welcome to ENGL 2311, Technical & Business Writing, an introductory technical writing course offered at Austin Community College, Austin, Texas, USA. These are the policy statements for the Entrepreneur Track.
Technical & Business Writing: Course Description & Objectives
ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing: Principles, techniques, and skills needed to conduct scientific, technical, or business writing. Instruction in the writing of reports, letters, in the preparation and presentation of oral reports, and other exercises applicable to a wide range of disciplines and careers. Emphasis on clarity, conciseness, and accuracy of expression. Research techniques, information design, effective use of graphics, and preparation and presentation of oral reports will be covered.
This is the Entrepreneur Track: This is the traditional way we've been running this course for decades. It is entrepreneurial because it assumes students are interested in starting their own businesses and will be most motivated by writing projects that an entrepreneurial small-business startup would be doing: resume, application letter, proposal, researched recommendation report, progress report, and so on. Here are links for the discussion and examples of these documents:
The textbook is free and online:
Technical & Business Writing: Details
Assignments: There are no optional assignments in this course. Everything counts. Furthermore, reading quizzes assignments must be done on time, or it will show in your grade for the related assignments.
Late papers: If an assignment is late after 12:00 p.m. of the following day (usually Monday), I will subtract 10 points from its grade; I will not accept any assignment after 2 days late (usually Wednesday). If you know that a paper is going to be late and have a reason for the lateness, don't remain silent about it. Tell me in advance and I will consider what accommodation to make.
Withdrawals & incompletes. If you fall behind in the course and miss more than two consecutive assignments, I may withdraw you from the class (but don't count on it). Incompletes will only be granted if you have an emergency and have only the last writing project remaining to complete.
Plagiarism: The extensive use of secondary sources is expected in this course. Indeed, it is required. However, you must be very careful not to misuse sources. The general rule is: If you are conscious of borrowing material, whether you are quoting actual words or just summarizing or paraphrasing, you must cite the source of the material, using MLA or style presented in this course. The penalty for plagiarism: If you plagiarize once and I detect it, the course is over for you; I will give you an F and report your scholastic dishonesty to the ACC authorities.
Style & format requirements. In this course, we care about producing professional-looking documents. Therefore, assignments will typically have precise style and format requirements. You'll be asked to use a specific format for numbered and bulleted lists, headings, graphics, cross-references, citation of borrowed information, notices (like cautions, warnings, or dangers), and so on.
Final report: topic and preliminary draft. Toward the beginning of the semester, you write a proposal in which you propose to write a technical report for a real or realistic audience and situation. Your technical report described in the proposal must match the technical report you hand in. You are strongly encouraged to send a preliminary draft of your report so that I can give you some general ideas on how it is shaping up.
Abstracts. If you read carefully, you'll see that the abstracts are a component embedded in the final report, but they get a separate grade. Therefore, you'll see two grades on your final report.
Audience requirement. In writing assignments for this course, write for the nonspecialist audience. This is more interesting and challenging for everybody concerned. If this is a problem, contact me.
Real or realistic contexts. In all assignments in this course, use a real or realistic audience and situation. Find or invent real or realistic people in real or realistic situations who need the documents you write. If you have problems finding or inventing real or realistic contexts, contact me.
Library research requirement. The final report require searching for, using, and properly documenting information from other sources (books, periodicals, reference material, reports, and nonpublished reports). Make sure that your plans for these two reports include external sources of information.Grade calculation. Your final grade is calculated as follows:
In this course, you receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or F. For the meaning of these letter grades, see the ENGL 2311 Course Document.
General ACC Policies
Austin Community College policies for Academic Freedom, Scholastic Dishonesty, Student Discipline, and Students with Disabilities are as follows:
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