School of Humanities and Cultural Studies

Prior Learning Assessment Submission - ENG 3610


The Department of English Language and Literatures allows students the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency by exam to earn credit for ENG 3610 Technical Writing. To demonstrate proficiency for ENG 3610, a student must:

  • Start the PLA process by submitting the paperwork and payment. Please consult the English department staff at or by calling 937-775-3136 to discuss the sample papers you will provide and the persuasive document you will be required to write
  • Submit a portfolio of professional work that demonstrates competency in a minimum of 80% of the learning outcomes for ENG 3610. View the list of learning outcomes.
  • Complete a writing examination that explains how the portfolio’s content demonstrates familiarity with and competency in the ENG 3610 Learning Outcomes.

About the Portfolio

  • The portfolio must consist of a minimum of (5) pieces.
  • Each item in the portfolio must be accompanied by writing that identifies the audience for the work, its purpose, and the context in which the work was produced.
  • The portfolio must include a table of contents.
  • For digital work, all links to online materials must be intact and all files accessible at the time of review, or the work will be discounted.
  • For each professionally produced document, contact information for at least one verifiable reference must be provided. The person provided as a reference should be someone who can speak to the authenticity of the work and the context in which it was produced.


Prior to starting the portfolio submission, the following must be completed:

  • Fill out the Prior Learning Assessment Registration Form found here:
  • Submit to the English department by sending the form to or bringing it to our office in 470 Millett for the chair’s signature
  • The chair will review and sign the form and return it to you
  • Mail the completed and signed form with check to: Office of the Bursar, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435. If using a credit card email the form to or fax to 937-775-5775.


The fee for this Prior Learning Assessment is listed on the Prior Learning Assessment Registration Form (PDF)

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Show awareness of the practices, purposes, and tools common to technical writing.
  • Show awareness of the role of technical writing in organizations.
  • Show awareness of the responsibilities, and ethics of technical writers.
  • Identify the rhetorical situation (audience, purpose, message, context, and the writer’s position) exposited in workplace writing.
  • Analyze the rhetorical performance of documents (canons, Aristotelian Triangle, etc.).
  • In a selected range of modes and media, produce writing that is purposeful, clear, and concise.
  • Demonstrate agile writing in styles and using style guides across diverse audiences and purposes.
  • Demonstrate choosing the best available means of persuading and informing an audience.
  • Apply principles of document design (page layout, typography, information hierarchy, etc.) to workplace writing.
  • Produce documents in business and workplace genres that demonstrate awareness of genre expectations.

Submit Your Portfolio

Before submitting, please review the learning outcomes for ENG 3610. These are the skills and abilities in academic writing and critical reading that we expect all students of ENG 3610 to demonstrate by end of the course.

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