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  • Study writing principles and techniques.
  • Watch for their appearance in the writing of others.
  • Try them out in your own writing—over and over and over again.
  • Imitate sentences and passages of good writing.
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Outline for “English Technical Writing” Course

  • Traits of good technical writing
  • Five steps to successful writing
  • Structure and content for scientific papers/research reports, and proposals
  • Elements of composition: words, phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and punctuation
  • Diction
  • Phrases
  • Clauses
  • Sentences: structures and patterns
  • Punctuation
  • Variation of sentences: expansion, transformation, reduction, sentence combining, inversion, and ellipsis
  • Keys to clear, concise, and grammatically correct sentences
  • Transition words and phrases: conjunctive adverbs and conjunctions
  • Paragraphs: topic sentence, elaboration, unity, and coherence
  • Essays: thesis statement, unity, and coherence
  • Common expressions in technical writing
  • Critical analyses of published journal articles
  • Demonstration of editing with drafts of students’ papers

Unit 1

  • Traits of Good Technical Writing

Good Technical Writing Is :

  • Technically accurate
  • Clear
  • Concise
  • Correct in spelling, punctuation, and grammar
  • Compliant with the conventions of institutions or professional societies
  • Well organized
  • Useful
  • Targeted
  • Complete
  • Consistent
  • Ethical

Unit 2

Five Steps to Successful Writing

  • Planning
    • Establish your purpose or objective.
    • Identify your readers.
    • Define your scope.
    • Select the appropriate medium.
  • Research
    • Find information and take notes.
    • Gather all your own data.

Five Steps to Successful Writing (Continued)

  • Organization
    • Group related information with headings and subheadings.
    • Arrange information in a logical order (e.g., general to specific, specific to general, chronological, spatial, sequential, cause and effect, and comparison).
    • Write an outline.
  • Composing
    • Articulate your thesis and support it with evidence.
    • Achieve unity and coherence in structure.

Five Steps to Successful Writing (Continued)

  • Revision
    • Check for completeness and accuracy.
    • Check for unity and coherence.
    • Activate the writing.
    • Clarify the writing.
    • Check for sentence variety (i.e., structure and length).
    • Check for appropriate word choice.
    • Eliminate problems with grammar.
    • Check for spelling and punctuation.
    • Check for the adherence to format guidelines.

Unit 3

  • Structure and Content for Scientific Papers/Research Reports, and Proposals

Elements of Technical Paper or Reports

  • Title – What is the paper about?
    • Need to reflect an overview of the paper’s content and emphasis.
    • Be brief, honest, and communicative.
    • Avoid phrase such as “on the”, “a study of”, “research on”, “regarding”, and “use of”.
    • Avoid nonquantitative, meaningless word such as “rapid” and “new”.

Capitalizing Words in Titles Always capitalize the first and last words and main words of titles and subtitles. Also capitalize in accordance with parts of speech.

  • CAPITALIZED PARTS OF
  • SPEECH
  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • NOT CAPITALIZED
  • PARTS OF SPEECH
  • Articles
  • Prepositions
  • Coordinating conjunctions
  • To in infinitives
  • Subordinating conjunctions
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