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hannah mousetrapPlease note: The following schedule of course offerings is tentative. Changes may be made in response to the needs of current undergraduate students and the availability of faculty. Undergraduate courses are not offered on a regular basis during the summer session.

Every Fall Semester

ENGL 202 Introduction to Technical Communication

An introduction to the principles and applications of technical communication, with an emphasis on audience characteristics and methods of performing research, analyzing data, and writing persuasive documents. Topics include audience analysis, the writing process, graphics, document design, the ethics of technical communication, and problem-solving research, as well as applications such as memos, letters, instructions, proposals, and reports. PREREQ: ENGL 102 (or ENGL 112) or PERM/INST.

ENGL 302 Technical Rhetoric and Genres

An introduction to the rhetoric of technical communication for technical communication emphasis students and others who are considering a career in the field. Topics include information design, technical communication ethics, instructional writing, and strategies of visual and verbal rhetoric. PREREQ: ENGL 102 (or ENGL 112) and Technical Communication Emphasis (or Certificate in Technical Communication), or PERM/INST.

ENGL 403 Editing for Clear Communication

An introduction to editing workplace documents so that audiences can understand them clearly and use them efficiently. Topics include copyediting, comprehensive editing, proofreading, principles of plain language, working with authors, and preparing documents for publication. PREREQ: ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 408 Writing for Nonprofits and Social Media

Study of content strategy for businesses and nonprofits. Students will produce basic print documents, such as brochures, data sheets, and flyers, and they will develop social media content in projects for clients or service-learning partners. PREREQ: ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 415 Instructional Writing and Software Documentation

An advanced study and application of the principles involved in planning, creating, writing, and designing instructional information on the screen. Topics include audience analysis; multimedia content integration; principles of writing usable, accessible information online; and effective instructional design. Students will learn to effectively design, write, and present informational and instructional content in genres such as websites, product documentation, FAQs, and video tutorials. PREREQ: ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 493 Internship

Internship credits are earned in supervised field work specifically related to a student’s major. For information about arranging internships and contacting the Internship Director, see the internships information page. PREREQ: None.

Every Spring Semester

ENGL 202 Introduction to Technical Communication

An introduction to the principles and applications of technical communication, with an emphasis on audience characteristics and methods of performing research, analyzing data, and writing persuasive documents. Topics include audience analysis, the writing process, graphics, document design, the ethics of technical communication, and problem-solving research, as well as applications such as memos, letters, instructions, proposals, and reports. PREREQ: ENGL 102 (or ENGL 112) or PERM/INST.

ENGL 302 Technical Rhetoric and Genres

An introduction to the rhetoric of technical communication for technical communication emphasis students and others who are considering a career in the field. Topics include information design, technical communication ethics, instructional writing, and strategies of visual and verbal rhetoric. PREREQ: ENGL 102 (or ENGL 112) and Technical Communication Emphasis (or Certificate in Technical Communication), or PERM/INST.

ENGL 314 Proposal Development

Study of principles of effective proposal development and grant writing for a variety of business and nonprofit contexts. Students will practice developing proposals, identifying funding sources, creating proposals in response to requests/calls for proposals, and giving appropriate oral presentations. PREREQ: ENGL 102 (or ENGL 112), ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 416 Interaction Design for Technical Communicators

Interaction design focuses on the relationships between people and the products, services, and systems that they use. Students in this course will learn how users interact with their virtual environments and how to make successful digital experiences, both for the web and for mobile devices. Topics, which borrow from fields including psychology, human factors, and usability engineering, include user prototyping, interface design, and information structuring. PREREQ: ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 493 Internship

Internship credits are earned in supervised field work specifically related to a student’s major. For information about arranging internships and contacting the Internship Director, see the internships information page. PREREQ: None.

ENGL 499 Senior Seminar in Technical Communication

The study and application of principles for creating a documentation set consisting of print and on-screen documents. Addresses strategies for working successfully as a technical communicator in industry. Topics include content design and organization, writing style, graphic design, principles of Web design and online help systems, and usability testing. PREREQ: ENGL 415 or PERM/INST.

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