Dr. Dean Taciuch — George Mason University

Summer 2007

English 410: B01 (T, Th 4:30-7:10)
English 410: B02 (T, Th 7:20-10:00)

Both classes meet in Robinson A248

Course Description

Intensive study and practice in various forms of technical writing, including formal and informal reports, proposals, and technical correspondence. Emphasis on writing for a variety of audiences, both lay and informed, and on writing within various professional and organizational contexts.

Text: Gurak and Lannon. A Concise Guide to Technical Communication. 3nd edition. Pearson Longman. ISBN-10: 0321391683. ISBN-13: 978-0321391681.
$68.00 (This is the price for a new copy. If the Campus Bookstore charges more, please let me know)


Letter of Introduction (not graded)
Copyright Exercise (15%)
Customer Letter (10%)
Instructional Report (10%)
Proposal (10%)
Wikipedia assignment (15%)
Usability exercise (5%)
Progress and Assessment Reports (5%)
Presentation (10%)
Final Report (20%)

Course Policies

Grading: Grades on the essays will be based primarily on the quality of the writing. I value clear, focused writing with plenty of examples. The audience for the essays will vary, but I expect all assignments to be written for a specific audience.

Late Assignments: Late papers will lose one-half letter grade per day unless you make prior arrangements with me.

Revision Policy: The essays may be revised for a higher grade, but they must be substantially revised. You cannot lose a grade by revising, but a higher grade is not guaranteed. I have found that "B" papers (or higher) are often more difficult to revise, since serious revision requires thoroughly changing the essay's structure, and "B" papers usually have a fairly good structure. "C" papers (or lower) often respond more dramatically to revision, since the major changes they require are often more straightforward. I recommend revising "C" papers or lower only. If you plan to revise a "B" paper, please see me beforehand so we can discuss a revision strategy.

All revisions must be turned in by July 20th.

Plagiarism: The GMU Honor code is available online. I will report suspected cases of plagiarism to the Honor Committee.

Course Schedule


Last update: 06/05/2007 5:52 PM