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CMNS 143 -- Technical Writing and Communications II

This one-semester course continues on from CMNS 133 by emphasizing further development of the writing and speaking skills required by Engineering Technology students.

The Value Proposition

Two thirds of corporate employees must write well to do their jobs competently, yet one-third of those are unable to.

Writing is a “threshold skill” for both employment and promotion, particularly for salaried employees.

Half the responding companies report that they take writing into consideration when hiring professional employees.

People who cannot write and communicate clearly will not be hired and are unlikely to last long enough to be considered for promotion.

More than half of all responding companies report that they “frequently” or “almost always” produce technical reports (59 percent), formal reports (62 percent), and memos and correspondence (70 percent).

National Commission on Writing . (2004). Report of the a ticket to work or a ticket out: a survey of business leaders. Retrieved from College Entrance Examination Board web site

What we will cover today

  1. Introduction to the Library
  2. Planning Your Search -- The research Cycle
  3. Scholarly vs. Non Scholarly Information
  4. Library Resources vs. Google
  5. Recommended Starting Points
  6. Citing the Information You Use
  7. Getting More Help

Things to Remember

In order to write effectively you need to be able to read effectively.  

Bialocerkowski, A., Klupp, N., & Bragge, P. (2010). How to read and critically appraise a reliability article. International Journal Of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 17(3), 114-120.

Standing on the shoulders of giants 

Just as all great artists study the work of other artists, good writers learn to write by reading the work of other writers.  To do this you need to rely on your critical thinking and reading skills.

Writing Guide: Engineering Technical Reports

Developing the skills to locate, analyze, and efficiently and effectively employ information and data is an essential component of your professional tool kit! 



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