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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog
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GTW 101 - Writing for Trades and Technical Occupations

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Applied technical reading and writing components necessary for trade and industrial occupations. Includes review of grammar; spelling and sentence building basics; reading trade and technical texts critically; and practical application of writing including writing for clarity, accuracy and professionalism as they relate to job functions, occupational requirements and effective communications across trades.

Gen-Ed: Meets CTE - COMM.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Use basic grammar, spelling and sentence structure to communicate in a clear and concise manner for trade-specific demands, occupational field requirements, safety standards, and related consumer audiences.
  2. Read materials from trade journals and other trade related texts in a manner that illustrates thought processes and comprehension.
  3. Identify the difference between formal and informal communications as well as interpret and use the concepts of audience, tone, content, and structure when communicating messages in the work place.
  4. Identify the difference between informative and persuasive writing and how each is applied in the work place.
  5. Complete work related written communications such as resumes, letters, memos, emails and has knowledge as to which type of communication is appropriate for a specific purpose and audience.
  6. Complete general forms, reports, contracts, proposals, change orders and tie-in notes concisely and clearly.

  1. Review of Basic Communication Skills
    1. Grammar
    2. Spelling
    3. Sentence structure
    4. Punctuation
  2. Reading Comprehension
    1. Understanding
    2. Summarizing
    3. Analyzing
  3. Communication Basics
    1. Audience
      1. Formal communication
      2. Informal communication
    2. Communication of Intent
      1. Use of Tone
      2. Interpretation of tone
    3. Content and organization
      1. Summary
      2. Information
      3. Analysis
      4. Instruction
      5. Persuasion
      6. Conclusion
  4. Informative and Persuasive Writing in the Work Place
    1. Informative Writing
      1. Reporting facts
      2. Summarizing (skills, data, events, etc.)
      3. Defining
      4. Explaining a process or “how-to”
    2. Persuasive Writing
      1. Selling yourself (to be hired or for a promotion)
      2. Selling services
      3. Selling concepts, ideas, etc.
  5. Work Related Written Communications
    1. Resumes
    2. Letters
    3. Memos
    4. Emails
    5. Appropriate choice of written communication
  6. Work Related Forms
    1. General forms
    2. General reports
    3. Contracts
    4. Proposals
    5. Change orders
    6. Work tie-in notes

Effective Term:
Spring 2021

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