Syllabus

Professor
Dr. Leeann Hunter
leeann.hunter@wsu.edu
Office HoursAvery 475
(509) 335-2627
TR 1:00-2:00 or by appointment
Class MeetingsMTWRF 10:30-11:45 Avery 105
Websitewww.leeannhunter.com/professional

Catalog Description
Research writing: defining, proposing, reporting progress; presenting a final product; other professional writing needs.

Course Description
This course provides an introduction to writing and communicating in professional contexts. Students will define their career goals, prepare a professional portfolio, define and implement a career-related research agenda, and produce technical documents in a variety of modalities.

Outcomes and Objectives

This course aims to meet several of the university’s Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate. Below are the specific learning goals that will be emphasized.

  • Recognize how circumstances, background, values, interests and needs shape communication sent and received.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively to show awareness of contexts, audiences, styles, and conventions
  • Critically assess their own core values, cultural assumptions and biases in relation to those held by other individuals, cultures, and societies.
  • Choose appropriate communication medium and technology.
  • Use information to accomplish a specific purpose

Required Materials

Printing expense for large-poster format (~$25)
Regular internet access and a mobile computing device
Purdue OWL Professional, Technical Writing (free online)

Recommended Resources

Mike Markel, Practical Strategies for Technical Communication