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English 402


Jessica Edwards

on 14 June 2010

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English 402:5 --- Technical and Professional Writing
Real World Publications
Learning Objectives

•Understand rhetorical contexts for writing, engaging issues of ethics, purpose, audience, and subject

•Present ideas in a persuasive and proficient manner, written and oral

•Plan, revise, and edit documents for clarity, succinctness, and correctness

•Recognize various forms of writing used in professional, administrative, and research-oriented situations, and apply the appropriate form to a given task

•Work both individually and collaboratively to create professional writing

Learning Principles

Design Principle: Learning about and coming to appreciate design and design principles is core to the learning experience.

Multimodal Principle: Meaning and knowledge are built up through various modalities
(images, texts, symbols, interactions, abstract design, sound, etc.), not just words.

Transfer Principle: Learners are given ample opportunity to practice, and support for, transferring what they have learned earlier to later problems, including problems that require adapting and transforming that earlier learning.

Affinity Group Principle: Learners constitute an “affinity group” that is, a group that is bonded primarily through shared endeavors, goals, and practices and not shared race, gender, nation, ethnicity, or culture.
Steven Katz’s piece “The Ethic of Expediency: Classical Rhetoric, Technology, and the Holocaust” says that “expediency as we understand it in our culture in the twentieth century … is problematic. The ethic of expediency that provides the moral base of deliberative discourse used to make decisions, weigh consequences, and argue results in every department of society, also resulted in the holocaust --- a result that raises serious and fundamental questions for rhetoric” (198). Works Cited
Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. New York:
Palgrave, 2003. Print.

Gurak, Laura and John M. Lannon. A Concise Guide to Technical Communication. 3rd Edition. New
York: Pearson Education, 2007. Print.

Katz, Steven. "The Ethic of Expediency." Professional Writing and Rhetoric: Readings from the Field. New York:
Longman. 2003


1.) Ethics and Responsiblity Forum, Tuesday, April 20th, 7pm, Beasley -- one may write no less than 250 words to submit for extra credit regarding this event

2.) Wednesday and Friday of this week,open office in Avery 211 from 9-11am.

3.) April 26th - 30th, Presentations!
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