Spring 2023 - CMPT 376W D200

Technical Writing and Group Dynamics (3)

Class Number: 6600

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

    We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    AQ 3153, 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:

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.

Topics

  • Overview of ethical theories
  • Intellectual property
  • Freedom of speech online
  • Privacy
  • 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)

Grading

NOTES:

Written Assignments (short and long), Participation and Group work. A more detailed marking scheme will be provided in the first week of classes.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 12th Edition
Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup
Pearson
2017
ISBN: 9780134080413

RECOMMENDED READING:

Ethics for the Information Age
Michael J. Quinn
Pearson
2020.
ISBN: 9780135217726

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.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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