ENG 333


ENG 333: Technical Writing

Instructors teaching Technical Writing must include three primary writing assignments appropriate to a course focused on technical writing genres. Instructors must require at least one assignment that incorporates research. All Technical Writing courses must conclude with a portfolio requirement. The portfolio must include a reflection essay and two samples of revised student writing (one of which must illustrate research writing skills). Technical Writing is a GEC writing-intensive course, and students must write a minimum of 5,000 words.


Student Learning Outcomes

ENG 333 is a GEC course at USM, and students taking this course are expected to meet the following GEC learning outcomes:

  1. the student is able to develop a topic and present ideas through writing in an organized, logical, and coherent form and in a style that is appropriate for the discipline and the situation.
  2. the student can observe conventions of Standard English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage.
  3. the student can find, use, and cite relevant information.


In addition, the Composition Program at Southern Miss has identified specific learning outcomes for each of its writing courses that are meant to complement our GEC outcomes. At the completion of ENG 333, students will be able to:

  • analyze a writing task and its rhetorical context, including the purpose of the document, its audience, its scope, its uses, and its constraints;
  • understand and execute genre conventions of various technical writing genres;
  • understand the basic features of several academic, professional and public genres, and how to modify these features in response to new audiences and situations;
  • create usable, persuasive, clear, accurate, and readable documents;
  • understand the specific expectations of audiences in your chosen academic and professional field, and to adapt your prose and documents to more effectively address these expectations;
  • develop a professional style of working in teams and effectively completing group projects;
  • conduct more advanced research in a variety of contexts, and to more effectively incorporate this research in your writing.


Potential Assignments (in no particular order but paying attention to scaffolding and course learning outcomes)


Career Portfolio


Image-Based Assignment or Analysis

Additional Technical Writing Mediums

Research Project

Resume or CV and

Cover Letter




Genre Comparison

Team Writing Project

Instructions Project

Progress Report

Data Analysis

Research Report


Feasibility Report

Grant Proposal