In Fall 2016, we revised our curriculum and requirements. Therefore, please pay close attention to the specific requirements for the course catalog that you are using..
Note: The below requirements are for those on the old catalog, meaning from 2015-2016 and prior. You can also view the requirements for the new catalog, beginning Fall 2016.
If you’re not sure which catalog you are using, please contact your advisor.
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.
An examination of the various ethical issues inherent in the practice of technical communication. Topics include the ancient debate about the claims of philosophy and rhetoric; Kant’s categorical imperative; the modern standards of rights, justice, utility, and care; the employee’s obligations to the employer, the public, and the environment; and the common ethical issues faced by technical communicators, including plagiarism and copyright violation, the fair use of words and graphics, trade secrets, whistleblowing, and codes of conduct. The course will use the case study method.
Elective Courses (choose two)
Learning the tools for development of instructional courseware, which is the graphic interface for delivery of online instruction. Development of functional and instructionally effective courseware. PREREQ: EDTECH 502, EDTECH 503, or PERM/INST.
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 theory and practice of several major kinds of oral communication modes used by technical communicators, including interviewing of technical experts and clients, group discussion, and technical presentations that incorporate presentation software. PREREQ: ENGL 515 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.
This course gives an overview of several models for instructional systems design and examines the processes involved in designing effective instructional interventions. Working with a real client , students conduct a full-scale instructional design project in phases over the duration of the course. PREREQ: OPWL 535 and OPWL 536.