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Grammar/Style for the Technical Writer
A study of the principles of an effective professional or technical style, stressing clarity, exactness, and readability. Topics include a review of grammar and punctuation, an introduction to copy editing, and editing and revision skills. Integrated with college credit ETWR 1372.

Grant Proposals and Business Plans
A study of two important forms of the proposal: the grant proposal and the new-business plan (also known as business prospectus). Students learn how to find grants, analyze their requirements, and then write a successful grant proposal. Students also plan a business startup, do funding and marketing research for it, and then write a business plan promoting the startup to potential investors....

Introduction to Technical Writing
Identify the elements of technical writing; state the purpose of a technical document; research information; prepare outlines; construct technical documents using graphical elements; and generate reports and/or work-related documents.

Social Media Tools I: Design and Implementation
Learn how to promote organizations, products, and services using social media tools such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Adhering to the rules of online etiquette, learn how to build a community and curate its contributed information so that that information reliably provides online support for products or services. Put what you learn into practice by using these tools to accomplish one or both...

Social Media Tools II: Monitoring and Analysis
Learn how to develop and manage social media strategies based on the social media campaign created in ETWR 1071. Use analytical tools to establish metrics for measuring results of these strategies. Maintain and modify social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter, forums, blogs,, LinkedIn and podcasts. Analyze data, identify promoters of, and threats to, organization reputation and...

Web Based Content Management Systems
Practice developing information collaboratively in a wiki application in a controlled, organized fashion. Individually, each student will learn how to install and set up a wiki (such as MediaWiki, which drives Wikipedia); handle basic administrative tasks for the wiki; learn how to create and format wiki pages; link to other wiki pages; comment or even edit others' wiki pages; use the...

Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information
Focusing on graphics commonly required of technical writers, this course begins with rhetorical principles relating to graphic design; challenges students to envision graphics for plain text; introduces software such as Photoshop for editing graphics; includes techniques for importing and positioning graphics into desktop publishing software such as FrameMaker and Word; introduces editing...


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