Instructor:  Brian Harmon

Class: MW 3:55-5:10 (HUM 416)

harmonb462 {at}

Office Hours: MW 2-3:30pm / HUM 321 (or by appointment) I’ll also be available after class in HUMC 416 for any technical questions.


Dobrin, Sidney I. and Christopher J. Keller and Christian R. Weisser. Technical Communication in the Twenty-First Century.  2nd ed. Columbus, OH: Prentice Hall, 2010.

16GB Flash Drive (at least)

Course Description:

ENGL 462 uses a service-learning approach to teaching a digital and material based technical and professional writing. You will be asked to engage with a variety of complex rhetorical situations and standard technical genres in relation to a real organization of your choosing.  By combining theoretical and practical instruction with real-world technical communication situations, the student should expect to achieve the following objectives.

Course Objectives:

  1. To communicate persuasively, ethically, and professionally in multiple modes (textual, visual, etc)
  2. To analyze and create several common genres associated with technical and professional communication
  3. To negotiate a variety of rhetorical situations by identifying and adapting to different audiences, purposes, and styles
  4. To hone each step of the composing process (invention, arrangement, editing, etc)
  5. To plan and execute a series of projects in direct consultation with a local organization or (theoretical) small business

Assignments & Grading:

  1. Employment Project (Resume & Cover Letter) – 10%
  2. Visual Design Project – 10%
  3. Social Media Project – 15%
  4. Affective Video Project – 15%
  5. Nonprofit/Small Business Media Action Project – 10%
  6. Portfolio – 20%
  7. Visual Commonplace Book – 10%
  8. Participation – 10%

(More information about these can be found HERE.)

All work will be graded on the following scale: (A=90-100; B+=88-89; B=80-87; C+=78-79; C=70-77; D+=68-69; D=60-67; F=50).


The university’s attendance policy:
Students are obligated to complete all assigned work promptly, to attend class regularly, and to participate in whatever class discussion may occur.  Absence from more than 10 percent of the scheduled class sessions (3 class sessions), whether excused or unexcused, is excessive and the instructor may choose to exact a grade penalty for such absences.
The instructor’s attendance policy should be ascertained by the student at the beginning of the semester. It is of particular importance that a student who anticipates absences in excess of 10 percent of the scheduled class sessions receive prior approval from the instructor before the last day to change schedule as published in the academic and refund calendars on the registrar’s Website.  If the student wishes to know more about the university’s attendance policy, they can visit the undergraduate academic bulletin.

Academic Integrity
The university’s policy on academic integrity:
It is the responsibility of every student at the University of South Carolina Columbia to adhere steadfastly to truthfulness and to avoid dishonesty, fraud, or deceit of any type in connection with any academic program. Any student who violates this Honor Code or who knowingly assists another to violate this Honor Code shall be subject to discipline.For more information regarding USC Columbia’s Honor Code, please visit The Office of Academic Integrity’s Website.

The University of South Carolina provides high-quality services to students with disabilities, and we encourage students to take advantage of them. Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should: (1) Register with and provide documentation to the Office of Student Disability Services, and (2) Discuss with the instructor the type of academic or physical accommodations you need. Students should do this as soon as possible. *All course materials are available in alternative format upon request*. For more information, visit the Office of Student Disability Services or visit their website The Office of Student Disability Service’s Website.


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