What is TCP?
A SEAS program designed to improve undergraduate engineering students' proficiency in the skills of communication and use of library resources. The TCP and the Engineering Library work hand in hand in this endeavor.
How does TCP work?
By supporting specially designated SEAS classes. TCP Director Mary Westervelt and Engineering Librarian Doug McGee are working with SEAS professors to develop writing and information-literacy components in at least one sophomore or junior class in every SEAS department. Clear communication, efficient information retrieval, and critical evaluation are targets in these courses.
By providing peer tutoring to SEAS undergraduates and graduate students. Technical Communication Fellows provide peer tutoring for writing assignments and oral presentations. Fellows' office hours are posted under the Contact a Fellow link at the left of this page. If none of those hours works for you, contact Mary Westervelt to set up an appointment.
By providing research support to SEAS undergraduates. Contact Doug McGee to set up an appointment.
By training Technical Communication Fellows. Fellows are SEAS undergraduates and master's students who are employed to aid in the development of effective writing skills among undergraduates in all SEAS departments. Around ten Fellows have been employed each semester since Spring 2007. Fellows work with writing-intensive SEAS classes and are available to give help with writing and oral presentations for any class.
By offering two one-semester, one-CU courses in Technical Communication (see Technical Communication Courses link at left):
- Technical Communication (EAS 500). This course is open to undergraduates who have completed their Freshman Writing Seminar requirement, and to graduate students.
- Technical Communication and Academic Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English (EAS 510). This course targets the language issues of graduate students whose native language is not English.