This section of Writing 50E focuses on skills
that are important for communicating effectively as an engineer: writing
in a variety of technical genres, designing documents and websites,
working in teams, and delivering oral presentations. There will be
a series of short assignments in the course, and each of these will
be included in a Web-based professional portfolio that you create.
You will also be asked to prepare a résumé and letter
that you can use to apply for an internship.
syllabus, schedule, assignments, readings, and resources for the
course can be found on the Web at http://sorapure.net/50e.
Technical Communication, Custom Edition
(available at the UCSB Bookstore)
Your final grade for the course will be based on the grades you
receive on your writing assignments, both individual and collaborative.
Each assignment is weighted (approximately) as follows:
Document Redesign Project—15%
Photo Essay Project—20%
Class Participation & Shorter Assignments—15%
- On Thursdays we’ll meet for the second half
of class (and sometimes the entire class) in the Miramar Lab (Phelps
- 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 an e-mail, or come by my office during my office
hours to find out what you missed.
- Plagiarism will not be tolerated. 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 in office hours
(Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00) or to make an appointment if you have
any questions about the course. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
last updated: December 15, 2005