Lecture: MIT Guide, Ch. 10: Memos, Letters, and Electronic Mail

As always, unless I hear otherwise I will assume you understand the readings from The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication. Therefore, lectures on readings from the book will tend to be short, focusing on specifics I want to highlight. If you have any questions or need further elaboration on anything about the readings, including material not covered […]

Lecture: MIT Guide, Ch. 1

Note: Unless I hear otherwise I will assume you understand the readings from The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication. Therefore, lectures on readings from the book will tend to be short, focusing on specifics I want to highlight. Just because I don’t address something doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. For instance, in the lecture I only […]

Lecture: Defining Rhetoric

Despite its 2,500-year history and its place of privilege in the Trivium as one of Seven Liberal Arts, rhetoric is often thought of as something negative: as empty speech or pretty or flowery language used to deceive. Immanuel Kant wrote that rhetoric is the art “of deceiving by a beautiful show (ars oratoria)” (171) and […]

Welcome to WRIT 566

Welcome to the course site for WRIT 566: Writing for Sciences and Technology (Spring 2016) at Winthrop University. As you get started, I suggest you read the introduction to get a sense of what we’ll be about this semester. After that, I’d suggest looking at the requirements and the policies for the course. After that, […]