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Welcome to the FAQ page! Here's some useful information about Technical and Professional Writing. If you have a question that isn't answered on this page, check out our Forums page!

You can email him at jrwindholz@ship.edu. If you'd like to meet with him in person, his office is in Horton Hall room 303. His office hours are:

MW 12:00-2:00

TR 9:30-10:30

Please respect Do Not Disturb hours, MW 8:00-11:30 / TR 8:00-9:30.

Technical writing is the creation of a document for a particular audience and for a particular purpose. It can treat a specialized subject in a basic manner while keeping direction, instruction, and information in mind. The goal is to create documents that look professional and are easily understood. The document should allow the reader to skim it and still grasp the subject.

You can learn more on the Shippensburg University Technical Communications website.

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Check our course syllabus or calendar!

Go to all scheduled classes. Hand in a both hard and digital copies of assingments. Participate in class discussion. If you maintain this mindset throughout the semester you will be okay.

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Select a team leader. Note the strengths of each team member and delegate portions of the project to each member. Be open to criticism and suggestion as long as it is constructive. Be sure to complete assignments and tasks in a timely and respectful manner.

Technical writing is applicable to nearly all professional careers since it is an interdisciplinary minor. Some directly related careers can include freelance writer, editor, copy editor, and of course, technical writer.

Other professions use technical writing in a variety of ways to better serve their company. For example, if you get an office job your boss may ask you to write a memo. Or if you're in the field doing work your supervisors may ask you for a field report on your findings. Technical writing gives you the necessary skills to complete these tasks..

For our class, building this website creates a heavy focus on problem-solving and team-building skills. The website is a training ground for these skills that we are developing by troubleshooting and collaborating on the final product of this website. These skills are transferable to technical writing and are important to foster because they allow you to gain experience in what employer's may consider "soft skills", things like communication and time management that are integral to the workforce.

Anyone can take this course. It is recommended to have already taken Eng 113 or Eng 114, but they are not mandatory.

Taking this class will greatly expand your professional and writing skills in a variety of ways, including how to create multiple documents, how to appropriately edit other people's work, and the ability to manage your time under strict deadlines. These skills can apply to other classes and future careers as well. This class may also fulfill requirements for your major or minor.

This class introduces students to the forms, processes, and techniques that make up technical and professional writing. Specific work for this class may include writing memos, creating graphics, creating formal policies, and designing a collaborative website. There is also a major research project that allows students to experience how technical writing can apply to their own individual interests and future careers.