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UC Irvine Extension Launches Course on Technical Writing

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UC Irvine Extension is launching a new course within its engineering program titled, “Technical Writing for Engineering, Information Technology and Science Professionals.” Course topics include: the challenges of scientific writing, creative persuasive proposals and writing summaries. The course will be offered online from March 31-June 13.

Students will learn how to write documents used in science and engineering and understand the role of writing in these careers. The course will distinguish central concepts from details in structured writing and help students logically develop evidence and make a persuasive argument.

“This course is designed to provide students with writing skills tailored for the science and engineering fields and to correct common problems,” said Jessica Scully, M.J., instructor of the course. “It covers the importance of writing for a particular audience, and applies journalism skills to help students effectively create a focused and concise document.”

Scully has served as a writing instructor and consultant for San Francisco State University and a science writing instructor for Chatham University. She has been a staff writer for several newspapers, and her freelance work has appeared in many publications including the Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury News newspapers, and Business 2.0, New Scientist, and Orion magazines. Scully is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Northern California Science Writers Association. She received her Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College.

This unique curriculum is part of UC Irvine Extension’s Systems Engineering Program that examines the systems engineering process as a multi-disciplined function within an organization. The Certificate Program is designed to teach participants the essential concepts of system engineering from concept of operations and elicitation of requirements, to functional systems design and integration analysis, and establishing validation and verification plans. . For more information about UC Irvine’s Systems Engineering Certificate Program, please contact Rogelio Rodriguez at For more information or to enroll in “Technical Writing for Engineering, Information Technology and Science Professionals,” please call (949) 824-5414.

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