Spring 2023 - CMPT 376W D100
Technical Writing and Group Dynamics (3)
Class Number: 6597
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 3154, Burnaby
1 778 782-4883
Prerequisites:CMPT 105W and (CMPT 275 or CMPT 276), with a minimum grade of C-.
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.
Covers professional writing in computing science, including format conventions and technical reports. The basis for ethical decision-making and the methodology for reaching ethical decisions concerning computing matters will be studied. Writing as a means to understand and reason about complex issues will be emphasized. This is a W course.
- Overview of ethical theories
- Intellectual property
- Freedom of speech online
- The digital divide
- Professional responsibility and professional codes of ethics
- Computers and crime
- Computers and the business world
- Computers and the government
- Writing formal papers: research skills, forming a thesis, acknowledging sources
- Revision strategies: sentence order, passive/active voice, connection, clarity, conciseness
- Practical documentation strategies (e.g., API documentation, bug reports)
Written Assignments (short and long), Participation and Group work. A more detailed marking scheme will be provided in the first week of classes.
Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 13th Edition
Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup
13th ED is only available as an eBook, the ISBN is 9780135240366.
Ethics for the Information Age
Michael J. Quinn
ISBN is 9780135217993 and is available digitally.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html