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Course SummaryTake English 305: Advanced Technical Writing if you're looking for a fast and affordable way to earn transferable college credit. You can save time and money on your degree by studying these engaging video lessons, which are all taught by expert English instructors who make learning simple and fun.
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English 305 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test to see if you're ready to earn credit. Use the study tools in the course to prepare for your final exam.
The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want. When you're ready, take the final exam.
Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Define technical communication and examine its characteristics.
- Choose the right tone and select the best words for a message using nondiscriminatory language, active verbs, and active voice in business communication.
- Understand the purpose of messages and adapt messages for the selected audience with a focus on the different channels of communication, primary and secondary research, and methods for assessing validity of sources.
- Determine how to achieve clarity in technical communication and identify five patterns of organization used for clarity.
- Distinguish between formal and informal reports and compare different report types (e.g., progress reports, research and lab reports, incident reports, recommendation reports, feasibility reports, and evaluation reports).
- Contrast technical descriptions and definitions and outline the purpose of introductions, conclusions, and recommendations.
- Assess the different types of correspondence and communication (e.g., e-mails, print communication, memos, instant and text messaging).
- Evaluate types of resumes and the purposes for letters of employment.
- Demonstrate how to follow the writing process to create instructions and evaluate technical instructions.
- Differentiate between different types of manuals (print vs. e-manual), assess standard operating procedure, and demonstrate how to follow the writing process to create manuals.
- Analyze the content and structure of proposals and compare the different proposal types.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real ACE college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
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- The final project is intended to assess your application, analysis, and critical thinking skills in relation to the concepts you learn in the course. Your project will be graded by a Study.com instructor, and you will receive a score out of 100 that will count toward your overall course grade. You can only resubmit each assignment twice, so be sure to incorporate the feedback and comments you receive from the instructor before resubmitting.
- The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course. You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you receive an 85% on the final, that's 85 points toward your final grade.) You'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period. You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated this technical writing course and recommended it for 3 upper division college credits. To earn credit, follow these steps:
- Identify if you need an advanced technical writing course for your degree.
- Check with your registrar to see if your school is one of the 2,000 colleges and universities that accept credit from ACE-recommended courses.
- Complete English 305 by watching videos, taking short quizzes and completing practice exams.
- Contact our expert instructors if you ever have questions.
- Take the credit-granting English 305 exam on our site.
- Transfer credit to your school!
There are no prerequisites for this course, but many students choose to complete English 104: College Composition prior to taking English 305: Advanced Technical Writing.
|Basics of Technical Writing||Analyze the characteristics of technical communication, and examine other types of communication, including audience-centered, legal and ethical. Explain implicit and explicit rules of communication, how to establish goals in technical writing and what's involved in the technical writing process.|
|Prewriting for Technical Documents||Survey the process of prewriting technical documents by exploring how to determine the purpose of a message, choose the channel of communication, support the message with research and avoid plagiarism when citing sources.|
|Writing Technical Documents||Consider what's involved in writing technical documents by ensuring you know how to connect with an audience, select the right words, craft strong paragraphs, structure the message and utilize parallelism.|
|Technical Editing & Rewriting||Evaluate the process of technical editing and rewriting by looking at how to organize and achieve clarity in technical writing, proofread, and revise the message and follow-up on messages.|
|Elements of Technical Documents||Dissect the elements of technical documents through the examination of titles and headings, definitions, front matter, body, and end matter. Explore ethical dilemmas in technical writing, how to write technical descriptions and how technical documents are designed.|
|Usability Testing & Technical Writing||Appraise why usability testing is performed on technical documents. Analyze the need for planning sessions, how usability participants are screened and the steps involved in writing the usability test plan.|
|Informal Technical Reports||Assess types of informal reports and how to write progress reports, research and laboratory reports and incident reports. Evaluate ethical issues in informal report writing.|
|Formal Technical Reports||Discuss the three main components of formal technical reports, and explain how to write feasibility and evaluation reports and how to consider the audience.|
|Business Reports and Proposals||Analyze executive summaries in business reports, collaborative wikis and the basics and planning process of information and analytical reports.|
|Technical Writing in Business Correspondence||Differentiate between types of business correspondence, analyze types of business letters, dissect components of a business letter, explain how to follow the writing process for letters, and discuss the purpose and structure of emails and memos.|
|Technical Resumes & Cover Letters||Survey types of resumes and letters of employment, examine parts of a resume and how it is formatted, explain how to tailor the content of a resume for a job, and discuss the purpose of a cover letter and curriculum vitae.|
|Technical Instructions||Evaluate the structure, role of ethics and visuals and writing process for technical instructions. Analyze how to understand the audience when writing instructions, and examine steps involved in evaluating instructions.|
|Writing Technical Manuals||Break down what it takes to write technical manuals by analyzing the purpose and structure of manuals, types of manuals, differences between print manuals and e-manuals, issues in manual writing, SOP and the manual writing process.|
|How to Write Proposals||Outline the steps involved in writing proposals by examining the purpose and structure or proposals, differences between types of proposals and the persuasive elements of proposals.|
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|Completed the entire English 305: Advanced Technical Writing course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
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|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
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