HU 3120: Technical and Scientific Communication
Section R06
MTWR 11:05 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Walker 134


Jim Nugent





Walker 142

Office Hours:

Every day after class (just pull me aside), and by appointment any time.


Course Description

Technical and Scientific Communication is a study of written and oral communication in technical, scientific, and professional environments. It emphasizes audience, writing processes, genres of scientific and technical discourse, visual communication, collaboration, professional responsibility, and clear expression.

Required Textbook and Readings

Course Policies


There will be five major assignments in this class, listed below, which are due on the dates listed in the course calendar.

The five major course segments are as follows:

  1. Reading and Composing Scientific Reports
  2. User Documentation Project
  3. Recommendation Report Project
  4. Résumé and Cover Letter
  5. Reading Science and Technology


I will give letter grades (A, AB, B, BC, C, CD, D, or F) for all graded assignments in this class. The final grade is determined as follows:


Reading and Composing Scientific Reports


User Documentation Project


Recommendation Report Project


Résumé and Cover Letter Assignment


Reading Science and Technology


Social Practices—This grade will reflect your contributions to class discussions, peer review activities, and group work, as well as your commitment to submitting timely and complete work. Needless to say, if you are not in class regularly and on time, you are not participating, so this grade will also partially reflect your attendance.

ADA Notice

MTU complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for equal access to education or services at MTU, please call Dr. Gloria Melton, Associate Dean of Students, 487-2212. For other concerns about discrimination, you may contact your advisor, department chair, or the Affirmative Action Office at 487-3310.