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Library Instruction and IL in the Writing Program

WR 088 & WR 089 Introduction to Technical Writing I & 2

Information Literacy and Library Instruction Focus


WR 088 and WR 089 students work towards creating technical writing compositions directed to specific audiences and purposes that demonstrate an ability to synthesize and integrate ideas associated with technical fields. Librarians encourage students to develop metacognitive awareness by prompting them to reflect on their Information Literacy knowledge practices and dispositions throughout the composition process, and prompting them to reflect on how knowledge of technical writing processes and research will transfer to a work environment. Library instruction focuses on using library resources, general and field specific databases, the Internet, and technical information from professional and trade organizations to find relevant, reliable information.
 

Course Descriptions and Information Literacy in the Course Outline
Course WR 088 Technical Writing I WR 089 Technical Writing II

Course Description

Introduces basic writing tasks and conventions associated with technical fields. Improves basic writing skills needed for effective workplace communication and assignments in career and technical education (CTE) programs such as Automotive Technology, Machining, and Welding.

Serves as the report writing class for a vocational (non-transfer) track of study. Features the writing of a variety of reports, emphasizing clarity, coherence, conciseness, and accuracy, with a specific audience addressed. Includes memos, laboratory reports, narration reports, description and definition reports, process reports, and research reports.
IL in the Performance Based Learner Outcomes  4. Use relevant information (including photos, diagrams, graphs, and tables) from experiences or gathered from print or digital sources to support main ideas; summarize or paraphrase information and provide a list of sources.  6. Gather relevant information from multiple print or digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and employing a simple format for citation. 
IL in the Course Content Outline 

IV. Research Techniques

A. Locating information in traditional and online sources

B. Avoiding plagiarism and using basic documentation of sources

VII. Campus Based Resources lists Library

IV. Research Techniques

A. Locating information in traditional and online sources

B. Avoiding plagiarism and using basic documentation of sources

VII. Campus Based Resources lists Library