Technical Writing 11

Technical Writing 11 requires permission from the instructor.

Contact Stew Savard:  or 250-337-5300 extension 1023

This course is designed to help students to develop the technical writing skills associated with project-based engineering and computer science work. Students will use the model of an engineering journal to develop/improve their communication skills from a project-based focus. They will create an “Engineering Journal” focused on one of the Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or Scouting (or, in some combination of all three). Students will use a seasonal VEX completion as the basis for their work.

Within this course, students will select one of the principle focuses mentioned above. This will generate 60% of their grade. All students will also complete work in five different “Additional Component” sections (for 40% of their grade). These are:

  1. Creating, evolving and assessing a detailed “Journal Outline”
  2. Creating, evolving and assessing a detailed “Season Overview and Season Plans”
  3. Creating, evolving and assessing a “Team Development Plan”
  4. Creating, evolving and assessing a “Team Communication Plan”
  5. Creating, evolving and assessing a “Technical Writing Improvement Plan”

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand and apply the key concepts of organizational communication and the writing process
  2. Establish the purpose(s) of a written or spoken discourse
    1. Understand that an Engineering Journal is a clear, complete document of the team’s design process
  3. Analyze the target audience
  4. Study and apply the skills of document design (e.g. effective use of layout, headings, graphics, etc.)
  5. In the scheduled format either as an individual or as a member of a team, to prepare and deliver effective presentations
    1. Author is able to explain their design and strategy throughout the season
    2. Author is able to explain, with some detail, their plan to improve performance for the next season (even if they are graduating)


  • Engineering Journal                                                                                                                         60%

With primary focus on Mechanical Engineering, Programming or Scouting:

  • Writing Plan and Table of Contents                                                                                                8%
  • Yearly Robot Challenge overview and Team Seasonal Plans                                                     8%
  • Team Development Plans and Assessments                                                                                8%
  • Team and VEX community Communications, Assessment and long-term Plan                     8%
  • Technical Writing Assessment, Yearly Plans and Long-term Plans                                           8%

Require Resources: Computer and internet access. LEGO Mindstorm NXT 1 and/or NXT 2 kits (deposit may be required). 

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