Professional and Technical Writing (PTW) Program Mission, Objectives and Outcomes

Mission and Objectives Statement
The mission of the PTW program is to prepare students to participate critically and ethically in professional and technical communication positions upon graduation. To that end, the PTW curriculum combines courses from technical and professional communication, rhetoric and writing, and literature in order to help students gain the following:
• a theoretical and historical understanding of professional and technical communication;
• professional and practical skills within the field of professional and technical communication (e.g., skills in written and visual communication, technical writing and editing, critical thinking, and oral presentation);
• an understanding of the ethical concerns, responsibilities, and dimensions of the field; 
• technological and visual literacy skills (e.g., document design, graphics, computer documentation, electronic editing, and content management applications)
• the ability to work critically and collaboratively to complete projects.

PTW Outcomes Statements
Research (critical thinking, reading, and writing)
  Students will show they can:
    • Use research methods to gather information
    • Evaluate, analyze, navigate and synthesize appropriate primary and secondary sources
    • Identify reader/user/viewer expectations 
    • Interpret findings and articulate results
    • Produce appropriate and ethical text and graphics for displaying research data and findings

Practices and processes
   Students will show they can:
     • Conduct user/reader/viewer analysis
     • Focus on a defined purpose 
     • Meet the needs of the readers/users/viewers 
     • Respond appropriately and ethically to different rhetorical situations 
     • Understand writing as a collaborative and iterative process of research, discussion, negotiation, writing, and editing 
     • Manage projects in stages
     • Evaluate and use appropriate strategies for production, revision, editing, proofreading, and presenting

Knowledge of conventions and genres
   Students will show they can:
     • Write in multiple genres
     • Evaluate ethically how each genre shapes content and usability
     • Control such features as tone, syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
     • Identify the main features and uses of writing in a specific field
     • Document resources as defined by a specific field

Collaborative learning
   Students will show they can:
     • Participate collaboratively with others in the iterative process of research, discussion, negotiation,
        writing, and editing
     • Participate and communicate effectively in a community
     • Integrate their own ideas with those from various stakeholders
     • Balance the advantages of relying on others with the responsibility of doing their parts

Technological literacy
   Students will show they can:
     • Critically and ethically choose from a variety of technologies in order to address specific
        rhetorical situations and a range of readers/users/viewers needs
     • Engage in a critical perspective of technology, its uses and contexts
     • Analyze technology as a physical tool, and as a socially constructed system
     • Use various software for writing, editing, and designing