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An advanced study of technical communication for those students who are or expect to become professional technical communicators. Topics of study include modern theories of rhetoric, focusing on semantics, syntax, readability, pragmatics, and hypertext. Students will write reports, proposals, manuals, and online documents related to their own backgrounds and fields of interest. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
An advanced course in the editing of technical documents. Major projects are related to each student’s field of interest. Topics of study include the theory and ethics of editing, content editing, copy editing, developmental editing, production editing, and online editing. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
User experience focuses on understanding—and designing experiences tailored to—human behavior. In this course learn to create successful visual and emotional user experiences while exploring links between usability and desirability, humanity and technology. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
Elective Courses (choose two)
An introduction to rhetorical theories and concepts relevant to workplace settings, such as rhetorical genre theory, applied linguistics, ethics, and the rhetoric of science. Interdisciplinary approaches include cultural studies, STEM communication, linguistics, psychology and sociology.
A study and application of the rhetorical elements of design, including color, line, form, images, and type. Students will be introduced to desktop publishing, graphics, and Web-authoring software. Students will apply principles of visual rhetoric in creating print and online technical documents. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST
Study and application of the principles and techniques involved in taking print documents from conception to production. Topics will vary but can include desktop publishing, estimating time and cost, selecting paper and binding, working with pre-press and printing companies, and selecting appropriate distribution systems. The course assumes experience with personal computers and desktop publishing software. This course may be taken twice for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
The study and application of principles for creating effective print and online documentation. Topics can include content design and organization, writing style, graphic design, hypertext, and usability testing. The course also addresses strategies for working successfully as a technical communicator. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
Analysis and application of the principles of management and organizational behavior as they apply to the technical publications field. In a case-study environment focused on the publications process, students learn the techniques and practices of managing technical publications groups within organizational settings, while studying relevant principles of motivational theory and human behavior. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
Study and application of the principles involved in designing, creating, and managing information on the screen. Topics vary but can include advanced Web design, help systems, and multimedia applications. Students practice effective hypertext and screen-design techniques from the fields of cognitive science, software psychology, and human factors. This course may be taken twice for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
Study of principles of effective proposal development and grant writing for businesses and nonprofits. Topics include identifying funding sources, developing grant applications, creating proposals in response to requests/call for proposals, writing collaboratively within an organization, and giving convincing and audience-appropriate presentations. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
Apply interactive Internet-based technologies to easily collaborate, share, link and generate content. Analyzing user-created content and online communities, students will learn techniques and best practices for using the social web to enhance workplace communication using tools such as blogs, micro-blogs, wikis, social networking sites, tag clouds, and syndication. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.
An actual work experience during at least one semester in which the student creates a substantial body of work in technical communication for a specific audience. This body of work should demonstrate at a professional level the application of the principles learned in previous course work. For information about arranging internships and contacting the Internship Director, see the internships information page. PREREQ: None.