Humanistic Rhetoric and “Mediation”

A quote by David N. Dobrin in his piece What's Technical about Technical Writing? was very interesting to me. He states that teaching technical writing should not be described as teaching students to write manuals or technical prose. Rather, it should be described as teaching students how to make their work useful to the people they …

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Increasing Knowledge about English Degrees

The English degree seems to have become a thing of fear and a sign of a doomed career and unemployment. In an article called “Going for the hard sell as interest in English major declines, the Washington Post states statistics that acknowledge the decline of bachelor’s degrees in English while other degrees such as Computer …

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Redesign of a “Course Sampler”

The Wayne State English department created a course sampler to give students a general understanding of what they can expect from different courses. It is useful in understanding the basics of what a class is about, what will be expected from the instructor, what sort of assignments there will be, and other helpful information. However, …

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Writing in my field / What I have learned

I am an aspiring technical writer, and I already have a year of experience as a technical writing intern. Technical writers seek to convey crucial information to their readers in clear, concise writing. It is important that the information is accurate and understandable, because in some situations a person's job-or their life-could depend on it. …

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Explaining the Two-Component Report

The purpose of the two-component report is to indicate a topic and discuss it thoroughly, in an informative and persuasive manner. This includes identifying a solution, along with persuading the reader of the effectiveness of my proposal while still "protecting" myself by ensuring that what I are suggesting is reasonable and realistic. The structure of …

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Creating Progress Reports

The purpose of a progress report is to provide the reader with information about the progress you have made on a project, assignment, etc. Features of this genre include the readers' search for specific information, and the workplace tendency to have a set of conventions for progress reports. Progress reports themselves work to answer questions …

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Self-Review in Tech Comm Course

I enrolled in ENG 3050: Technical Communication I to become more familiar with the concept of Technical Communications and to learn enough to be able to employ my skills outside of the class. The course itself is designed to prepare students for reading, researching, writing, and designing technical documents. I believe that my performance in …

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