Writing 109ST focuses on analyzing and practicing various forms of
scientific and technical writing, both academic and professional,
such as résumés, proposals, and articles. Through a
series of assignments and readings, you will develop skills in researching
and writing on scientific and technical topics, as well as in document
design, use of graphics, technical style, and editing strategies.
syllabus, schedule, assignments, readings, and resources for the
course can be found on the Web at http://sorapure.net/109st
The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Writing (2nd edition),
James Paradis & Muriel Zimmerman
Writing 109ST Reader, Sorapure (available at Grafikart)
Your final grade for the course will be based on the grades you
receive on your writing assignments and class participation. Each
assignment is weighted (approximately) as follows:
Class Participation & Short Assignments
Because much of the work of the course will be done during class
time, your attendance and participation are very important. Your
grade will be lowered if you miss more than two class sessions;
if you are late to class, I'll count that as half an absence. Remember
that even if you are absent you are responsible for any work that
is done during class and for any assignments that are given or are
due during class. Call a classmate, call me, send me a message on
e-mail, or come by my office during my office hours to find out
what you missed.
Plagiarism is using other people's words or ideas without clearly
acknowledging the source of that information. If you plagiarize
on any of the assignments you will fail the class and will be subject
to disciplinary action by the University.
Please don't hesitate to see me during my office hours or to make
an appointment if you have any questions about the course. I am
most easily contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.