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The Engineering Communication Program offers two courses:

  • ENGR 231: Introduction to Technical Communication (required for most engineering students)
  • ENGR 333: Advanced Technical Communication in the Engineering Workplace

ENGR 231: Introduction to Technical Communication

3 credits

ENGR 231 examines the basics of researching and presenting technical information for different audiences and purposes. Individually and in teams, students learn to construct documents and presentations, following conventions of oral, written, and visual communication.

The ENGR 231 teaching team is committed to providing a welcoming environment for all students and for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching practices.

Multiple sections of ENGR 231 are offered in autumn, winter, and spring quarters.

All sections of ENGR 231 are strictly capped at 30 students. Students who do not attend the first two sessions of the section in which they are registered may be dropped from the course in order to accommodate other interested students.

Note for Spring Quarter 2021: All sections will be offered via remote learning. 1 section of ENGR 231 (Section A) is being offered asynchronously in Spring 2021. This section will not have add codes and students will not be able to register after March 29. 

The prerequisite for registration is 5 credits that count toward the English Composition requirement (either both ENGL 109 and ENGL 110, or any one of the following: C LIT 240, ENGL 111, ENGL 121, ENGL 131, ENGL 182, ENGL 197, ENGL 198, ENGL 199, ENGL 281, ENGL 282, ENGL 297, ENGL 298, ENGL 299, ENGL 381, ENGL 382, HONORS 205, HONORS 345).

Students with majors that require ENGR 231 as a graduation requirement are given preference in registration.

  • Registration Period I: Open to students in Engineering majors that require ENGR 231 (BSE, CHEM E, CIV E, COMP E, ENV E, EE, HCDE, IND E, MSE, ME), ENGRUD students, and EEP/UWACAD students
  • Registration Period II: Open to students in Engineering majors (Period I majors + AA, BIOEN)
  • Registration Period III: Open to students in all majors with an add code. To acquire an add code, students must attend the first two sessions of their desired section and request an add code from the instructor. The instructor will maintain a waitlist and send add codes to students after the second session.
    • Note for Spring Quarter 2021: To acquire an add code for a section in Spring Quarter 2021 only, students should sign up for the ENGR 231 waitlist by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 25. Students on the waitlist will be sent a link by Friday, March 26 to attend the online class sessions for their desired section on Monday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 31. Students must attend the first two sessions to receive an add code. Add codes will not be sent before March 31. Add codes will not be given for the asynchronous section A.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria listed above and are unable to register themselves for ENGR 231 in MyUW (e.g., incoming transfer students who have been admitted to a UW engineering major for a future quarter) can request to be registered for ENGR 231 during their eligible registration period by emailing engrcomm@uw.edu with their preferred sections. Please include ENGR 231 in the subject line.

For any questions or issues with registration, contact engrcomm@uw.edu.

ENGR 333: Advanced Technical Communication in the Engineering Workplace

4 credits

This course focuses on advanced skills, strategies, and genres related to technical communication and writing. Some genres include resumes, proposals, procedures, and presentations. The thematic focus of this course is on collaborative teamwork and inclusive language for a diverse workplace. The course content builds on practical strategies introduced in ENGR 231. 

All sections of ENGR 333 are capped at 25 students. Students who do not attend the first two sessions of the section in which they are registered may be dropped from the course in order to accommodate other interested students.

Note for Spring Quarter 2021: All sections will be offered via remote learning.

The prerequisite for registration in ENGR 333 is successful completion of ENGR 231: Introduction to Technical Communication at UW or an equivalent Introduction to Technical Writing or Technical Communication course. 

Students in all majors can register themselves in ENGR 333 during Registration Periods I and II. In Registration Period III, students need an add code to register. To acquire an add code, students must attend the first two sessions of their desired section and request an add code from the instructor. The instructor will maintain a waitlist and send add codes to students after the second session.

  • To acquire an add code for Spring Quarter 2021 only: Students should sign up for the ENGR 333 waitlist by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 25. Students on the waitlist will be sent a link by Friday, March 26 to attend the online class sessions for their desired section. Students must attend the first two sessions to receive an add code. Add codes will not be sent before March 31.

For any questions or issues with registration, contact engrcomm@uw.edu.

Meet our instructors

Dianne HendricksDianne Hendricks

Dr. Dianne Hendricks is a Associate Teaching Professor in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and the Director of the Engineering Communication Program at the University of Washington. She designs and teaches courses involving technical communication, universal design, ethics, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She co-founded HuskyADAPT (Accessible Design and Play Technology), where she mentors UW students in design for local needs experts with disabilities and also leads outreach activities to the UW community and local K-12 students involving toy adaptation for children with disabilities. Dianne holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Duke University and B.S. in Molecular Biology and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tina Loucks JaretTina Loucks Jaret

Owner, Petals to Protons Technical Writing & Editing

Tina has been a part of the College of Engineering teaching community for more than two decades. She began teaching engineering undergraduates while working toward her Master’s degree in Technical Communication at the UW. Tina teaches both introductory and advanced technical communication courses and has also taught adult learners in the Technical Communication certificate program. She also freelances as a technical writer and technical editor in the fields of engineering, science, and medicine. Tina enjoys sharing important professional insights from her “real-world” work with freelance clients as a way to bridge the distance between their current academic lives and their future professional lives.

Mary-Colleen JenkinsMary-Colleen Jenkins

In her 20+ years as an educator, Mary-Colleen has taught composition; research writing; style and grammar; and technical writing, editing, and communication courses to both professional adult and undergraduate students. In 2018, Mary-Colleen was awarded the New Instructor Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2019 she was awarded the Team Instructional Excellence Award, both by UW’s Continuum College.

As a writing coach and professional development consultant, Mary-Colleen develops and presents custom professional development workshops on technical writing and communication for STEM-focused industries, specifically in engineering and consulting firms.

She holds a master’s degree in literature from Ohio University, and is passionate about bringing a humanities perspective to the world of technical communication.

Tamara NeelyTamara Neely

Tamara has worked in communications for over three decades, starting out in journalism and working in documentary production and as a radio news reporter in Washington, DC. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, Tamara started working for an engineering firm—and stayed there for almost 15 years, eventually working as their lead technical writer/editor and conducting corporate technical communications training. Tamara also teaches in the UW's professional and continuing education department's Editing Certificate Program and is part of the team that received the 2019 Team Instructional Excellence Award from UW’s Continuum College. Tamara aims to recreate real-world professional engineering communication circumstances in the classroom, which led to receiving the student-nominated 2020 Faculty Appreciation for Career Education and Training (FACET) Award. Tamara also focuses on practice over instant perfection and on developing a growth mindset—particularly for engineering students feeling hesitant about written and oral communication.

Lisa OwenLisa Owen

A 1993 graduate from the University of Washington, Lisa has spent the last 25+ years working in the software, life sciences, and healthcare industries. She relishes each opportunity to teach Engineering 231 and enjoys getting to know students and learning about the engineering problems they are working to solve.

 

 

Giovanna ScaloneGiovanna Scalone

Giovanna earned her Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences at the College of Education from the University of Washington in 2015. Her research emphasizes the social foundations of learning in both STEM informal and formal learning environments with a focus on agency, sense-making and identity development. With a commitment to social justice, her research, and interests in engineering education on design thinking and developing engineering identities informs her teaching. She taught HCDE 231 in 2019 and is dedicated to supporting learner agency by creating equitable learning experiences that are valuable and personally consequential for learners and their communities.

Kevin ShiKevin Shi

Kevin received a bachelors and masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2017 and 2018. Kevin started lecturing for ENGR 231 in the autumn of 2019 to pursue his passion for teaching, mentorship, and promoting mental and physical wellness at his alma mater. By leveraging his recent experience as a UW College of Engineering graduate, he builds a welcoming and supportive classroom environment that promotes growth and life-long learning. Outside of teaching, Kevin loves dogs, traveling, and consuming seasonal Starbucks beverages. He is looking forward to meeting you in his class.

Chris WrennChris Wrenn

Sales Operations Manager, Adobe Systems

Chris has over 23 years of experience at Adobe Systems performing roles that span technical writing, web development, content strategy and management. Most recently he manages a team responsible for research, design and delivery of solutions for Adobe’s Worldwide Field Organization. He enjoys learning about students’ research and providing coaching on how to communicate their technical knowledge and passions effectively and authentically in a workplace setting.