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ENG K202 TECHNICAL WRITING (Traditional Format) – Spring 2016
Friday 2:00 – 4:45 p.m. – Room E-216     Make-up class option:  Monday 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. – Room E-119
Adjunct Instructor: Kathleen O’Reilly-Wild, M.B.A.  (860) 941-5900
Required Text:  Technical Communication 13th edition by Lannon and Gurak.


Technical Writing is a course designed for students who want to develop writing skills needed in the workplace. After targeting an audience, students will complete an array of assignments: memos, instructions, proposals, formal analytical reports, etc. Topics for these assignments will relate to the student's major whenever possible. Students will learn how to format pages, incorporate visuals into their writing, and give brief oral reports based on their written assignments. Students should have familiarity with word processing before enrolling in the course. [TRCC Course Catalog, 2014-2015]


It is expected that all students will share professional and academic writing objectives with the class.  This information will drive discussions, class work and deliverables and make the course relevant for each student.

You will be successful when you stay engaged: ask and answer questions, provide thoughtful feedback, and participate fully during lectures, guest presentations, brainstorming, as well as the editing and revising processes in class and on-line. 

Whenever possible, 100% of the course content will be available on-line via Blackboard and other internet-accessible sites.  It is your responsibility to have a reliable internet connection, navigate Blackboard, use email and participate as required on-line.

Writing in the workplace is both instruction-sensitive and deadline-driven.  It is your responsibility to understand the learning objectives for the course, the rubric for each assignment and turn in your best work when it is due.

The nature of technical writing is that it is a process of drafting, editing and revising.  All students are expected to solicit feedback from peers and instructors as part of the writing process. 

You may contact me via email at any time koreilly1@trcc.commnet.edu and I will make every effort to respond within 24 hours.  When communicating by email, please use a professional format and tone as befits a work environment; also please enter your class day and name in the subject line.


  • Recognize the difference between academic writing and writing in business, industry and technical fields

  • Understand the importance of error-free documents in the workplace

  • Prepare documents with clarity and economy of words

  • Recognize and adjust for audience background and knowledge when creating workplace documents

  • Create visuals for documents that are well-integrated into the text

  • Format documents to fit specific writing assignments including  letters, memos, proposals, and short reports

  • Produce a formal, analytical report using advanced research techniques

  • Prepare and give an oral presentation of the formal report’s major findings

  • Collaborate over a distance

  • Manage writing projects in ways found in workplace settings



Students may officially withdraw at the Registrar’s Office up until May 9, 2016.  Withdrawing may have a negative impact on financial aid and academic progress.  Please see an advisor before you withdraw.


Feedback is a gift.  I invite students to make suggestions toward enhancing the learning environment and student experience in this course.  Please speak to me in person whenever possible.  Thank you.


All students are required to maintain a learning portfolio in Digication that uses the Three Rivers College Template.

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 Potential Each

Total Potential

Weekly Written Assignments




Major Written Assignments




Group Assignment




Blackboard Discussions




Class Participation




Final Paper/Presentation








All students may improve any assignment grade (except for the final project and presentation) by submitting a timely rewrite based on instructor feedback.  Any student receiving a grade lower than 70 on any assignment is required to resubmit the assignment by the next class; the two grades will be averaged for a final grade on the assignment.  Rubric and deadlines will be communicated in class/Blackboard.


Workplace communication requires a commitment to participation through regular attendance; absenteeism is a detriment to community, knowledge and production.  Your learning will be through individual and group assignments in a workshop setting so attendance in class is critical.  You will not be able to make-up missed class group work; missed individual work will be accepted no later than the next class with a 15 percent penalty.  Participation is worth 15% of your grade and can mean a grade higher or lower in terms of points awarded.  Participation is a running total on the Grade Report in Blackboard Learn and will be updated twice in the semester.  You may ask for your Points at any time. You will earn from 2 to 4 points for participation in class as follows:


Attended and Actively Engaged (Sharing, Inquiry, Presenting)


Attended and Engaged (Sharing, Inquiry)


Attended (includes make up attendance in other class)


Excused absence


Unexcused absence


Everything presented in class will be posted on Blackboard Learn. I will primarily communicate with you through Announcements on Blackboard and through the internal Message system within our course site.  However, you are also responsible for checking your trcc.commnet.edu email address.  Your Blackboard Learn courses are automatically connected to your college-provided email account which you may forward to your preferred email address. 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND PLAGIARISM [Three Rivers Community College Faculty Handbook 2014-2015]

Academic integrity is essential to a useful education. Failure to act with academic integrity severely limits a person’s ability to succeed in the classroom and beyond.  Furthermore, academic dishonesty erodes the legitimacy of every degree awarded by the College. In this class and in the course of your academic career, present only your own best work; clearly document the sources of the material you use from others; and act at all times with honor. You may be asked to sign a statement attesting to the originality of your words for any assignment.

Plagiarism is the intentional use of someone else’s words or ideas.  It is a serious violation of academic standards that is subject to one or more of the following penalties: a failing grade for the paper; a failing grade for the course; a report to the administrative authorities for appropriate action (i.e. a notation of the student’s permanent record, suspension, or expulsion). 


If you have a disability that may affect your progress in this course, please meet with a Disability Service Provider (DSP) as soon as possible.  Accommodations cannot be provided until you provide written authorization from a DSP in the Counseling & Advising Office – Room A119.
Matt Liscum -
(860) 215-9265 – Physical, Sensory, Medical, Mental Health Disabilities
                                         Chris Scarborough -
(860) 215-9289 – Learning Disabilities, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum

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