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Syllabus

Course Description

In this course we will learn various forms of technical writing specific to the engineering profession. We will read and discuss texts on engineering, technology, technical communication and science in order to explore ideas and identify compositional strategies. We will learn how to communicate our technical knowledge, plans, and ideas effectively and clearly in a professional manner to a variety of audiences. Assignments will include a technical description, a memo, a lab report, an engineering proposal, a presentation of the proposal, and a digital portfolio. You will create some of these individually and produce others in teams. You will also produce a number of short written assignments, contribute posts to the course group forum, take pop quizzes on assigned readings and review your peers’ work.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • acknowledge your and others’ range of linguistic differences as resources, and draw on those resources to develop rhetorical sensibility
  • enhance strategies for reading, drafting, revising, editing, and self-assessment
  • negotiate your own writing goals and audience expectations regarding conventions of genre, medium, and rhetorical situation
  • develop and engage in the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes
  • engage in genre analysis and multimodal composing to explore effective writing across disciplinary contexts and beyond
  • formulate and articulate a stance through and in your writing
  • practice using various library resources, online databases, and the Internet to locate sources appropriate to your writing projects
  • strengthen your source use practices (including evaluating, integrating, quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, synthesizing, analyzing, and citing sources)
Required Material
  • Technical Communication by Mike Markel, 11th edition, Bedford/Saint Martin’s (book or electronic copy)
  • Additional reading and writing materials will be provided on this website or in the course group during the semester.
Website, Group and Blackboard

We will use three organizational tools: this website, a group and Blackboard. Course announcements will be posted on this website and in the group. Some of your work can be published on the website. Please note that the website is public while the group is not (the group can only be viewed by members of this class).

Some of your homework will be to post short written assignments to the group forum. You will also be asked to participate in discussions in the group forum. You are encouraged to start threads and generally post as much as you like in the group, so please feel free to share items you think will be of interest to your peers.

Major written assignments will be submitted via Blackboard. Feedback and grades will be posted on Blackboard. Please Note that you must use your CCNY email address in Blackboard (log in to the CCNY Portal, click Blackboard, then Update Email in the Tools menu). If you add a non-CCNY domain email address in this window, you will not receive important Blackboard course announcements.

Assignment Grade Weights
  • Attendance, participation and low stakes assignments ……. 15%                
  • Technical Description …………………. ………………………………….. 10%
  • Memo ……………………………………………………………………………… 15%    
  • Lab Report ………………………………………………………………………. 15%
  • Engineering Proposal ………………………………………………………. 20%    
  • Presentation ……………………………………………………………………. 10%    
  • Digital Portfolio ………………………………………………………………… 15%    

Course Policies

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity: plagiarism is copying and using other people’s words without proper acknowledgment or citation as indicated in the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity. All writing submitted for this course is understood to be your original work. Plagiarism is unacceptable and has serious consequences that can include a failing grade. In cases where I detect academic dishonesty (the fraudulent submission of another’s work, in whole or part, as your own), you may be subject to a failing grade for the project or the course, and, in the worst case, to academic probation or expulsion. You are expected to read, understand, and adhere to CCNY’s Policy on Academic Integrity, which you will find here.

Attendance: students are expected to attend every class session of this course and to be on time. If you miss three classes, your final grade will be dropped by one-half of one letter (a 90 to an 85, for example). If you miss four classes, your final grade will be dropped one full letter. If you miss five classes, you will fail the course. Consistent late arrivals and early departures will have a negative impact on your grade. If you have special circumstances, please talk to me.

Late Work: assignments must be submitted via Blackboard by the specified time on the date they are due. Late assignments will be penalized by a 5% grade drop and additional 5% grade drops for each 24-hour period that passes after the time they were due.

Student Code of Conduct: all student members of the College community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates mutual respect for the rights and personal and academic well-being of others, preserves the integrity of the social and academic environment, and supports the mission of the College. The College has an inherent right to address behavior that impedes, obstructs, or threatens the maintenance of order and attainment of the aforementioned goals by violating the standards of conduct set forth in the University student conduct policies noted below as well as other policies that may be established by the respective Schools, Global Sites, and administrative offices of the University. The goals of the CCNY Community Standards are:

  • To promote a campus environment that supports the overall educational mission of the University
  • To protect the University community from disruption and harm
  • To encourage appropriate standards of individual and group behavior
  • To foster ethical values and civic virtues
  • To foster personal learning and growth while at the same time holding individuals and groups accountable to the standards of expectations established by CCNY’s Statement on Community Standards

Food and Drinks: no eating in the classroom.

Resources

At City College we are committed to making your academic experience an enriching one. If you need or want help, please make use of these resources:

Gateway Advising Center, NAC 1/220. Students without a declared major can receive academic advising, especially if you have questions about your course of study and core requirements.

AccessAbility Center Tutoring Services, NAC 1/218. Provides one-on-one tutoring and workshops to all registered students with learning or physical disabilities.

Student Support Services Program, NAC 6/148. SSSP invites new students, especially incoming freshmen and transfers at the start of fall, to join us up to our 500-student cap.  SSSP students should be either first-generation college students OR have a family income below a certain threshold.  SEEK students are not eligible to join as SSSP’s services in many ways mirror SEEK’s.  To apply, complete the online application form. Accepted students have full access to SSSP’s services, which include academic advising, personal counseling, and tutoring in the Academic Resource Center in Marshak 1104.  Tutoring supports all disciplines, and offers SSSP students the only online, 24/7 writing review service currently offered at City.  Students requesting in-person writing tutoring are assigned to the same tutor for a series of meetings which can be weekly or customized to the students’ schedule of due dates.​

The Writing Center, NAC Third Floor. The City College Writing Center offers one-on-one assistance for students working on writing assignments and projects from any discipline.

If you want to schedule an appointment with me send me an email at springle@ccny.cuny.edu and we’ll find a good time.