Feb 24, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to Career and Technical Education students after completing their program coursework or with instructor approval.

Catalog Description:

INR3735 - Industrial Technical Writing (3 hrs.)

A course designed for the career and technical education student to understand and properly identify situations where different forms of documents are more appropriate than others. This course will discuss and review the importance of writing technically correct documents related to specific careers within industry. This course is designed for students to prepare and generate documents that could be utilized later as a guide in their career.

Course Classification:



Assessment score of 63 or higher in COMPASS reading, 58 or higher in ACCUPLACER reading, or 224 NextGeneration Assessment score. 

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the Career and Technical Education student increase their knowledge concerning their awareness and ability to convey the English language in a clear, concise manner to explain their thoughts in a well-organized, audience appropriate document. This course allows students to generate the proper document for the situation they are presented with.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Properly clarify a specific point in written form
  2. Choose the appropriate form of communication suited to the audience
  3. Prepare an impersonal document (report) related to their respective industry
  4. Select and document credit to the references used to prepare the document
  5. Generate an impartial document that is not fault finding
  6. Prepare a technically correct document
  7. Prepare a reliable and valid document

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Focusing the Topic and Generating Relevant Ideas

Outcomes: The student will be able to choose the appropriate form of writing.

  • Review and Critique professional writing samples
  • Assess the benefits of using different forms of communication
  • Construct different forms of communications
  • Generate ideas for varying forms of communications
  • Define and outline the appropriate audience for the communication

UNIT 2: Planning and Drafting the Document

Outcomes: The student will be able to develop a technically correct document.

  • Form a thesis statement that will reflect the purpose and scope of the document
  • Organize the information into a logical sequence
  • Compose the document in an audience appropriate manner
  • Review the information to ensure the document reflects the situation
  • Develop rough drafts of the document

UNIT 3: Revising the Document

Outcomes: The student will be able to develop a reliable and valid document

  • Critique and assess the ability of the document to produce repeatable results
  • Modify the document to produce repeatable results
  • Critique the document to ensure technically accurate results
  • Modify and revise the document to ensure accurate results

UNIT 4: Finalizing the Impartial Document

Outcomes: The student will be able to recognize the importance of generating documents that are impartial to both sides of a situation.

  • Investigate the situation to ensure information received is impartial to either side
  • Differentiate the information to remove criticisms and form a factual document
  • Produce the rough draft(s) and allow both parties to critique the document
  • Finalize the technically accurate, impartial document
  • Produce a final, aesthetically pleasing document

UNIT 5: Technical Instructions, Manuals, and Reports

Outcomes: The student will be able to generate and utilize technical work documents.

  • Understand and interpret technical task descriptions and procedures that will be utilized during the student’s respective program
  • Evaluate and interpret instructions in equipment operation manuals or procedures that will be utilized within the student’s chosen program
  • Produce a set of work instructions that can be utilized by another individual to safely perform a task within the classroom / lab environment

Projects Required:

Various, refer to syllabus


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.