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Department
Computer Science
Course
CSC290H5
Professor
Fiona Bawl
Semester
Winter

Description
Syllabus balances explicit and tacit knowledge – tacit is knowledge that's difficult to write down, visualize or transfer from one person to another; explicit is: that has been articulated, codified, and stored in certain media. It can be readily transmitted to others • SMCR Model of Communication  Synchronous = right away (telephone) vs. Asynchronous(not right away email) on model  Push vs Pull on model  http://www.pmi.org/eNews/Post/2013_03-11/Graphics-and-Effective-Design.html Week 3  Active Voice: o (Agent) (Action) (Object) o Agent performs the action, object has the action done to it o It is how you normally speak o In speech (or dialogue) some parts are left out and the receiver is expected to know what they are. o Active voice is typically more explicit, shorter, and easier for English speakers to understand o Active Voice: o Why did the chicken cross the road? o I wrote the software to implement the web site.  Passive Voice: o (Object) (Action) (Agent) o It “feels” more formal o In speech (or dialogue) some parts are frequently left out and the receiver is expected to know what they are. o Passive voice is often used to avoid use of the first person o Passive Voice: o Contains a form of the verb “to be” o Eg: is, are, am, was, were, has been, have been, had been, will be, will have been, being) o The verb is followed by a past participle o The past participle is a verb form that frequently ends in “-ed” o Passive Voice: o Why was the road crossed by the chicken? o The software was written to manage the web site. o Week 4 • Lists – In lists of adjectives; use where an “and” or an “or” would be appropriate • The last two elements of the list retain the conjunction, and lose the comma. (Unless you are in Oxford or the USA.) – Alternatives include “;” and enumerators inside parentheses • Joining two sentences (using conjunctions such as “and”, “or”, “but”, “while” and “yet”) – You may sometimes use a “;” instead of a comma, without the conjunction. – This rule is frequently ignored by professional writers. • Used in pairs to delineate an interesting, but unnecessary, piece of text. – Alternatives include parentheses, dashes and sometimes quotation marks. – One of the pair can be dropped if the piece of text occurs at the very beginning or end of the sentence. • To improve readability – The reader usually interprets the comma as a “pause”. – Try reading the sentence out loud and see if putting a pause into the sentence makes it easier to unders
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