Course Title: 
Technical and Professional Writing
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Technical and Professional Writing' is an Elective course offered in Fourth/Fifth Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

Produce workplace documents, including memos/letters,instructions, and proposals; create usable, readable, and attractive documents; prepare and deliver oral presentations; collaborate with others; write coherent, concise and correct sentences; dit for clarity.

Unit 1

Introduction-Review syllabus-Computer lab assignment-the writing process - Grammar tutorial: words often confused-interview paper frequently asked questions in interview. Webpage design and writing for the web. Graphics. Present interview findings to the class. Grammar Basics. Punctuation, Proof Reading.

Unit 2

Special technical documents - thesis, dissertation and article. Memos, letters, Email Correspondence - Computer lab assignment, Editing for Style-Grammar. tutorial, Instructions, Suggestions, Recommendations. Ethics in job and globalism in workplace.

Unit 3

Procedures and Policies in Describing and Summarizing Technical Information Technical proposals and reports, Bibliography. Small group meetings: brainstorming collaborating on writing projects-reports, researching. Abstracts and executive summaries Discuss oral presentations-Professional Presentations-Style in technical writing.

Unit 4

  • Resume (cover letter, resume and vitae). 
  • Memorandums (regarding weekly reading).
  • Interview a Professional Business.
  • Letters (letters of apology, customer response and persuasion).
  • Writing Instructions & Directions.

Unit 5

Editing and Proofreading, Portfolio, Participation, Meetings - Minutes, agenda, Chair. Conferences (two conferences) Mock interview, Conduct Meetings.Presenting a technical paper.

  1. Mc Nair, New Technologies and Your Resume.
  2. Hauer, Writing Technical Document for the Public.
  3. Business Communication, Concepts, Cases and Applications, PD Chathurvedi, Pearson.
  4. Functional Grammar and Communicative Skills, S Sreenivasan, Century Publishers.
  5. Technical Communications,"DeskTop Type: Tradition and Technology"
  6. Technical Communication: A Practical Approach - William Sanborn Pepfeiffer,TVS Padma. Pearson (6thEd.)