ENG 221 (Technical Writing Fundamentals = Version 3)
Week 1 DQ 1
Based on the Warrier (2008) article, what are the differences between technical writing and other forms of writing with which you might be familiar? Which is more persuasive: technical or expository writing? Explain your answer. Which type of writing have you seen used more often in the corporate environment?
Week 1 DQ 2
Why is it important to develop good technical writing skills? What are some issues that could occur in a corporate environment that lacks strong technical writing skills? Describe situations that you have witnessed or heard about where poor technical writing skills have harmed an organization.
Week 1 Assignment:
(Individual Assignment) Workplace Communication Comparison(650+ Words)
Reference Page Entry
Week 2 DQ 1
Based on Welander’s (2010) article, what intellectual property issues must you be concerned about as a technical writer?In what situations do most intellectual property violations occur for the technical writer? Why? Is material copyright protected if it does not list a copyright notice? Explain your answer.
Week 2 DQ 2
Conduct online research to find an example of plagiarism. What material was plagiarized in the example? What were the consequences faced by the plagiarizer? What are some methods you can use to prevent plagiarism issues?
Week 2 Assignment:
Individual Assignment Web Conferencing Proposal
Week 3 DQ 1
Based on Weidenhammer’s (2008) article, what guidelines for developing an RFP might you use in yourorganization? What is your greatest challenge in designing documents and specifically, RFPs?
Week 3 DQ 2
For what purpose has your company, or one you are familiar with, created RFPs? What individual or department creates RFPs in this company? What is one issue or situation in your workplace that would be appropriate for the creation of an RFP, such as acquiring a new housekeeping contractor, adding appliances to the break room, better parking and so on?
Week 3 Assignment:
Individual Assignment Request for Proposal for Microsoft® Office® Programs Trainer
Week 4 DQ 1
Based on Albers (2009) article: What are some techniques for developing effective, interactive, and visual web-based user manuals? What are the benefits and challenges of developing interactive user manuals?
Week 4 DQ 2
What are some challenges of incorporating visual elements in technical instructions or manuals? Why are visuals important? Are there times when it would be inappropriate to include visuals? Explain your answers.
Week 4 Assignment:
Week 5 DQ 1
Based on the Businessline (2008) article, what are the benefits and challenges of developing and giving Microsoft PowerPoint presentations? How can these challenges be overcome?
Week 5 DQ 2
Based on Brophy’s (2008) article, how can Microsoft PowerPoint be used to compensate for any oral communication deficiencies of the presenter? Have you seen presentations where the presenter used Microsoft PowerPoint effectively or ineffectively? What happened?
Week 5 Assignment:
University of Phoenix Forums Manual Paper (2850+ Words)
Week 5 Assignment User Manual Presentation (9 Slides)