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IME 1020 - Technical Communication

Catalog Description:

Principles of objective presentation of factual material in written, oral, and electronic communication, with emphasis on the research process. Content, format, and mechanics, as well as a clear, concise style are important components of individual and collaborative assignments.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: ENGL 1000 or placement into College-level writing.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

IME 1020 fulfills the requirement for General Education Writing Course, Proficiency 1.

Prerequisites by Topic:

  • The ability to take organized notes from a lecture and outline salient points in a college text.
  • A basic knowledge of the essential elements of English grammar, mechanics, and sentence structure- determined by a screening exam and writing sample at the outset of the semester; students who score belowthe mean for Western students will be referred to the Writing Center for tutoring.
  • Familiarity with computerized word processing software.
  • Some familiarity with the research process, including the electronic library systems and standardized research formats.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

EAC/TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Demonstrate careful editing and proofreading skills in composing technical documents and selecting proper formats and styles for intended audiences


G3/g3: Compose a series of correctly formatted and clearly and concisely written letters, memorandums, and proposals

Using secondary information, organize and write a short research paper in APA format on a current technical or scientific topic in the student’s intended area of study G/g*  

G3/g3: Write a research paper of appropriate length and depth (specified in course Study Guide) that reflects mastery of writing and research skills and development of critical thinking

Develop oral presentation skills for specific situations and audiences G/g  

G4/g4: Present findings from research paper to the class using appropriate delivery skills and visual aids

Understand the importance of lifelong and service learning by attending university, college lectures and sponsored activities, and/or student professional society meetings I/h  

I2/h2: File timely activity reports to verify attendance at and to reflect on the significance of the event

Explore and enhance professional career options h*  

h3: Successfully complete two or more career development activities by writing an employment letter, résumé, or career report, and/or attending Career Services presentations or activities and/or registering with the BroncoJobs database

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-EAC/TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Gurak, L., & Lannon, J. M. (2010). Strategies for technical communication in the workplace. New York: Pearson-Longman.

Aaron. (2008). The Little, Brown essential handbook (6th ed.). New York: Pearson-Longman.

A study guide to IME 1020: Technical Communication. (2010). Stipes Publishing.

Course Coordinator:

Thomas Swartz
Western Michigan University
F-224 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3376

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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