Fall 2021 - CMPT 376W D100

Technical Writing and Group Dynamics (3)

Class Number: 4610

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

    We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 105W and (CMPT 275 or CMPT 276), with a minimum grade of C-.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Covers professional writing in computing science, including format conventions and technical reports. Attention is paid to group dynamics, including team leadership, dispute resolution, cognitive bias, professional ethics and collaborative writing. Research methods are also discussed. The use of LaTeX and various version control tools are emphasized. Students with credit for CMPT 376 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course focuses on technical writing primarily within the field of software engineering documentation. The course also covers academic writing in terms of scientific research. Students are expected to use LaTeX throughout the course. This is a W course.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Topics

  • Informal writing to generate material
  • Drafting and revising
  • Types of technical documents (genres): Explanations, recommendations, emails, and others
  • Clarity of sentence structure
  • Style and voice
  • Rhetorical situation: Audience, message, author, and context

Grading

NOTES:

To be discussed the first week of classes

Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).

Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021

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