In ENGR 2367, the GE second writing course for engineering, undergraduate students receive instruction and practice in how to format or write technical documents, such as Field and Lab Reports, Technical Proposals and technical information written for a non-technical audience; how to analyze, present and discuss results from data; and how to effectively plan, design, and deliver technical oral presentations in person and via video formats.
ENGR 2367 also satisfies the American Diversity GE requirement. In our sections, we examine the ways that technology, innovation, and engineering solutions affect American society and also global societies when appropriate. We include the global aspect because today America is not an island. American society is affected in many ways by events around the earth, just as developments in America affect other societies. Units include writing about poverty and technology, technology’s role in freedom of speech, privacy and technology, the role of technology in national, energy, and resource security, geo-political issues, geo- economics and many others.
Many sections are delivered in the EED’s PC communications classroom, Dreese 713, enabling students to work on projects with one-on-one support from experienced teachers of technical writing.
Students from other majors are welcome to enroll in the engineering version of of the GE second writing course. Course benefits for all students:
- Context-driven: Instruction and practice writing and speaking about real-world, problem-solving engineering research projects on topics of benefit to students in many majors
- Rhetorical foundation: Instruction and practice in producing written and oral information for a variety of audiences and purposes with a focus on the world of work for engineering in the 21st century
- Practice evaluating, generating, and discussing data from many sources, including from primary research and preparing messages about that data; research and bibliography strategies and citation methods; practice selecting the best graphical format to communicate about a data set
- Instruction and practice in professional development activities such as resume and application letter writing, interviewing skills for in-person, telephone, and skype interviews; writing memos and Email correspondence; collaborating with others to produce a project; conflict resolution, project management and status reporting