Writing 109ST
Writing for Science and Technology







Course Description

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.

The syllabus, schedule, assignments, readings, and resources for the course can be found on the Web at http://sorapure.net/109st

Required Texts
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:

Job Application Package
Rhetorical Analysis
Research Proposal

Journal Article
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: sorapure@writing.ucsb.edu.