'Technical Communication' is a course offered in the first and second semester of  B. Tech. programs at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Objectives

  • To introduce the students to the fundamentals of mechanics of writing
  • To facilitate them with the style of documentation and specific formal written communication
  • To initiate in them the art of critical thinking and analysis
  • To help them develop techniques of scanning for specific information, comprehension and organization of ideas
  • To enhance their technical presentation skills

Course Outcomes

The student at the end of the course will

CO1 To gain knowledge about the mechanics of writing and the elements of formal correspondence
CO2 To understand and summarise technical documents
CO3 To apply the basic elements of language in formal correspondence
CO4 To interpret and analyze information and to organize ideas in a logical and coherent manner
CO5 To compose project reports/ documents, revise them for language accuracy and make technical presentations

Mapping of course outcomes with program outcomes:

Course Outcomes PO1 PO2 PO3 PO4 PO5 PO6 PO7 PO8 PO9 PO10 PO11 PO12
CO1                   3    
CO2       1           2    
CO3                   3    
CO4       1           2    
CO5                 2 1    

Unit 1

Mechanics of Writing: Grammar rules -articles, tenses, auxiliary verbs (primary & modal) prepositions, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, discourse markers and sentence linkers
General Reading and Listening comprehension - rearrangement & organization of sentences

Unit 2

Different kinds of written documents: Definitions- descriptions- instructions-recommendations- user manuals - reports – proposals
Formal Correspondence: Writing formal Letters
Mechanics of Writing: impersonal passive & punctuation
Scientific Reading & Listening Comprehension

Unit 3

Technical paper writing: documentation style - document editing – proof reading - Organising and formatting
Mechanics of Writing: Modifiers, phrasal verbs, tone and style, graphical representation
Reading and listening comprehension of technical documents
Mini Technical project (10 -12 pages)
Technical presentations

Evaluation Pattern:

Weightage: Internal Assessment (70%) and External Assessment (30%)

Periodical 1: 10% of Total Weightage Periodical 2: 10% of the Total Weightage Continuous Assessment: 10% of Total Weightage Lab: 40% of Total Weightage

End Semester Examination: 30% of Total Weightage

Reference Books:

  1. Hirsh, Herbert. L “Essential Communication Strategies for Scientists, Engineers and Technology Professionals”. II Edition. New York: IEEE press, 2002
  2. Anderson, Paul. V. “Technical Communication: A Reader-Centred Approach”. V Edition. Harcourt Brace College Publication, 2003
  3. Strunk, William Jr. and White. EB. “The Elements of Style” New York. Alliyan& Bacon, 1999.
  4. Riordan, G. Daniel and Pauley E. Steven. “Technical Report Writing Today” VIII Edition (Indian Adaptation). New Delhi: Biztantra, 2004.
  5. Michael Swan. ‘’ Practical English Usage’’, Oxford University Press, 2000