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English 113 Syllabus

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Languages
School Year 2005-2006

A. SUBJECT : English 113

B. COURSE TITLE : Technical and Research Report Writing

C. COURSE CREDIT : 3 units

D. PREREQUISITE : English 110, English 111, English 112


1. General:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to write a research report and other technical papers commonly used in different professions.

2. Specific: At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
a. compare and contrast technical writing and other forms of writing;
b. describe the steps in writing technical papers, especially research report, and the parts of the said reports;
c. show concretely his/her knowledge in special techniques in writing technical papers;
d. recognizes the similarities and differences of the different types of technical papers;
e. conduct research on a topic related to his/her course and write a report on the said research work;
f. illustrates the data gathered in the research work;
g. identify aspects in a research report and other technical papers that should be reported orally;
h. deliver an oral report on technical papers, especially research report.

1. Research report
2. Assignments
3. Writing exercises
4. Seat work
5. Group work
6. Recitation
7. Quizzes
8. Major examinations


I. Preliminary Considerations
A. The Characteristics of Technical Writing
B. Basic Principles and Aspects of Technical Writing
C. Style in Technical Writing
D. The Process of Writing Research Report and Other Technical Papers
E. The Parts of Research Report and Other Technical Papers

II. Special Techniques in Writing Research Report and Other Technical Papers
A. Definition
B. Description of a Process
C. Classification and Analysis
D. Comparison and Contrast
E. Interpretation of Data and Induction

III. Types of Technical Papers
A. Recommendation Report
B. Proposal
C. Feasibility Report
D. Progress Report
E. Report in Printed Forms
F. Technical Correspondence

1. Memorandum
2. Business Letter

G. Research Report
H. Report Layout
1. Report Format
2. Visual Aids
I. Oral Report


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