College of Applied Science and Technology

Technical Writing and Composition

The Department's English Area offers general education courses (English 121 and Technical Report Writing) that are part of the Ohio Transfer Module. Faculty also teach various required and elective writing-focused courses that students from all across campus take for their degrees.

Applied Professional Writing Certificate


Courses

2020:120 Writing and Editing (1 credit)

Examination of the editing process of writing. Focuses on developing a clear, effective, and correct professional writing style appropriate for academic and business documents. Has met Quality Matters (QM) online course review standards.

2020:121 English (3 credits)

English composition focused on inventive writing, essay structure, process, consideration of strength, source of evidence, and citation; and development options leading to persuasion and argument. Has met Quality Matters (QM) online course review standards.

2020:123 Writing for Presentations (1 credit)

A writing intensive course that focuses on the rhetorical and theoretical challenges and considerations of effective presentations.

2020:216 Collaborative Writing (1 credit)
Prerequisite: 3300:111 or 2020:121 or equivalent.

A writing course that focuses on strategies and techniques for successful collaborative writing in the workplace.

2020:220 Writing and Research
Prerequisite: 3300:111 or 2020:121 or equivalent.

Practical examination of writing effectively and professionally about primary and secondary research sources in the student's choice of several citation methods.

2020:222 Technical Report Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 121, 3300:111 or equivalent.

Prepares student to write the types of reports most often required of technicians, engineers, and scientists. Includes types of reports, memoranda, and letters; techniques of research, documentation and oral presentations. Has met Quality Matters (QM) online course review standards.

2020:224 Writing for Advertising (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 121, 3300:111 or equivalent.

Introduction to the copywriter's role in print advertising and collateral materials. Study of advertising language; practice in writing advertisements, brochures, sales letters. Includes writing for a portfolio. Has met Quality Matters (QM) online course review standards.

2020:226 Electronic Reference Resources in the Computer Age (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 121, 3300:111 or equivalent.

Designed for individuals to broaden their scope and understanding of various electronic research techniques. Study, evaluation and use of current emerging technologies will be examined.

2020:227 Writing for the World Wide Web (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 121 or equivalent, familiarity with Internet (or attend Computer Center training seminar), knowledge of word processing software.

Introductory course examines spoken and written contexts merging into one "writing space"; provides writing theory and practice for effective e-mail, newsgroups, chat, and website writing. Has met Quality Matters (QM) online course review standards.

2020:290 Special Topics: Associate Studies (1-4 credits)
Prerequisite: permission. May be repeated with a change in topic.

Selected topics on subject areas of interest in associate studies.

2020:325 Signs of Professional Writing (1 credit)
Prerequisite: 3300:111 or 2020:121 or equivalent.

Practical examination of concrete and abstract indicators that lead readers to judge the professional quality of a written text beyond its meaning and correctness.

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This certification mark recognizes that the following online courses have met Quality Matters review standards:

  • English 121
  • Technical Report Writing
  • Writing for Advertising
  • Writing for the World Wide Web
  • Writing and Editing

For more information about Quality Matters (QM), visit the QM Web site at: http://www.qmprogram.org/.


Department of Applied General and Technical Studies

Phone: 330-972-7702
Fax: 330-972-7785

Polsky Building 131
225 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44325-6105

Dr. Michael Johanyak
Interim Department Chair
Professor of Technical Writing and Composition 
Phone: 330-972-6022

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 330-972-7702
Fax: 330-972-7785