Writing Program

The Expos Five

The Expos Five

The Expos Five is a 35 minute documentary that follows five first-year students as they make their way through the only universally required course at Rutgers...

Minor in Business & Technical Writing

Minor in Business & Technical Writing

The Writing Program now offers a minor in Business & Technical Writing to all interested undergraduates in the School of Arts and Sciences.

355:355  Writing in the Professions (Law, Medicine, Psychology)

355:355 Writing in the Professions (Law, Medicine, Psychology)

This introductory course in legal writing is designed to help students read, write and think like lawyers.

355:101 Expository Writing

355:101 Expository Writing

The course is designed to help students learn to read deeply, think critically and write effectively about complex texts taken from The New Humanities Reader.

  • 355:201 Research in the Disciplines

    355:201 Research in the Disciplines

  • The Expos Five

    The Expos Five

  • Minor in Business & Technical Writing

    Minor in Business & Technical Writing

  • 355:355  Writing in the Professions (Law, Medicine, Psychology)

    355:355 Writing in the Professions (Law, Medicine, Psychology)

  • 355:101 Expository Writing

    355:101 Expository Writing

355:322 Writing for Engineers

Coordinator/Contact:  William Magrino

Course Description:
Writing for Engineers is a research-based, project-focused course designed to address the needs of School of Engineering students.  The course covers many of the basic forms of professional communication that engineers will likely encounter in their careers, including resumes and cover letters, research reports, memos, letters, technical proposals, user documentation, and oral presentations.  The main writing assignments for the course are focused around an individually designed project involving research in each student's area of specialty or interest.

The best engineers are managers capable of using information to make leadership decisions that are rationalized within accepted paradigms of the profession.  To meet the standards of a good management document, the final project must use research to justify a plan of action, making a persuasive appeal for project funding with a strong research-based rationale.  Engineers today are also increasingly asked to communicate with diverse audiences, ranging from their peers to management, clients and the public at large.  Therefore, the course involves writing practice, collaborative exercises and class presentations to improve general workplace communication skills.

Course Materials:
M. Markel, Technical Communication (7th Edition)
Handouts ( Readings, forms, notices)
Course webpage
Instructor's webpage (to be given in class)

Grading Criteria:
The grading criteria for assignments in the Writing for Engineers course are intended to promote fair and relatively uniform standards for evaluating the work students submit. These standards are important because they tell students what will be expected of them and enable students to evaluate their own work as it is being done. There are 10 assignments that will be graded during the semester:

Cover Letter and Resume (20 Points)
LSM Self guided Tour (10 Points)
Summary/ Analysis Memo(15 Points)
Annotated Bibliography (35 Points)
Assigned Readings (15 Points)
User Manual (30 Points)
Midterm Letter (75 Points)
Oral Presentation (40 Points)
Evaluation Teamwork (10 Points)
Technical Proposal (250 points)

These assignments constitute all of the work that is done in the course. One assignment will be entirely completed in class; the others will be organized and/or started in class and finished independently. Writings will be collected, commented upon, and returned to help students prepare for the writing demands typically experienced in the engineering profession. Students also need to participate in collaborative activities involving discussion of assigned readings, peer review of drafts, and development of a user manual. The class, in fact, is in many ways a writing lab. Thus, attendance is crucial; without practice and participation, students will have difficulty meeting the criteria for the assignments. There is also the matter of timeliness. Engineering work is typically done within a business environment. There will always be demands to complete high quality work within specific time frames and penalties imposed for not doing so.

The Technical Proposal is the major assignment for the semester. As such, a passing grade must be earned on this assignment in order to earn a passing grade for the semester.

Each assignment has a number of points that will be earned by completing the required elements. Points earned will then be converted to percentages that correspond to letter grade ranges.




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Rutgers Writing Program
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