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Course number and title: EE295 Technical Writing for Electrical Engineers
Credits: 2
Instructor(s)-in-charge: Watson, Dana Cairns (
Course type: Lecture
Required or Elective: Required for all PhD students in Elecrtical Engineering
Course Schedule:
Lecture: 2 hrs/week
Office Hours: 2 hrs/week
Course Assessment:
Grading Policy: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only
Course Prerequisites: Students working toward the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering have priority. M.S. E.E. students will be considered if there is space in the class.
Catalog Description: Designed for electrical engineering Ph.D. students who have completed preliminary examinations. Students read models of good writing and learn to make rhetorical observations and writing decisions, improve their academic and technical writing skills by writing and revising conference and journal papers, and practice writing for and speaking to various audiences including potential students, engineers outside their specific fields, and non-engineers (colleagues outside field, policymakers etc.). Students write in variety of genres, all related to their professional development as electrical engineers. Emphasis on writing as vital way to communicate precise technical and professional information in distinct contexts, directly resulting in specific outcomes.  
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Topics covered in the course:
The role of writing in Engineering. Revising for efficiency: eliminating words, writing potent sentences.
Writing an application letter for a job in industry or academia. Revising for audience and focus.
Writing instructions. Collaborative writing. Revising for clarity.
Writing as a teacher. Communicating to the as-yet uninitiated. Defining terms. Revising for tone.
Writing across engineering and science disciplines. Summarizing information.
Writing and revising conference papers. Revising for structure. Visual presentation.
Writing and revising technical reports. Writing abstracts, introductions, conclusions.
Writing and revising journal papers. Revision of work in progress.
Communicating with non-engineers. Revising for fluency.
Making a presentation. Writing for talking.
Will this course involve computer assignments? NO Will this course have TA(s) when it is offered? NO

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