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Policy Writing for Government and Business Administrators
Study, critique, planning, writing, and revising of administrative rules, guidance documents, inspection reports, and policy-procedure documents commonly developed in government and business agencies; a survey of existing standards and guidelines for the preparation of these documents. Integrated with credit ETWR-1378. Qualifies for student health insurance.

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 credit ETWR-1372. Qualifies for student health insurance.

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. Integrated with credit ENGL-2311. Qualifies for student health insurance.

Online Helps and Help-Authoring Tools for Technical Writers
Workshop-style course in which students study the evolution and function of online helps; critique existing online helps; learn structuring principles and navigation tools common in online helps; create online helps using several leading online help-authoring tools such as RoboHELP, Flare and AuthorIT; and write their own online helps for a software product. Integrated with college credit ETWR...

Social Media Law and Ethics
Now that businesses and consumers rely more than ever on social media for most, if not all, business and brand awareness, they are at risk with posts made on the company pages as well as on employee pages. Explore best practices for business use of social media and learn to engage with new media legally. Use practical information to make good decisions related to digital communications. Create a...

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, youtube.com, LinkedIn and podcasts. Analyze data, identify promoters of, and threats to, organization reputation and...

Editing Government, Business and Technical Information
Instruction in proofreading and editing skills necessary to assure accuracy in business documents as well as technical documents. Designed to give students a working understanding of the role of the technical editor as collaborator and decision maker in the entire publication process. Topics include online editing, revising, hypertext, graphics, visual design, and project estimating. Integrated...

Using Google Apps to Create, Manage, And Collaborate
This course will provide an introduction to the following Google applications: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, My Maps, Sites, Gmail, Calendar, and Hangouts. During the course students will learn to use Google Tools to create, manage, and collaborate on various project types. Students can focus on select applications depending on their project needs, career goals, and interests. This...

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...

WordPress CMS-Based Websites and Blogs
Learn to install, configure, and design WordPress blogs for technical communication and collaboration. As part of a team, use a WordPress blog as a content management system to document a technical product, service, or process. Integrated with credit ETWR-2376. Qualifies for student health insurance.

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...

XHTML and CSS for Information Specialists
Workshop-style course in which students study the concept of hypertext; learn structuring principles and navigation tools common in online information; create web pages using XHTML and CSS; get an introduction to web-page development tools such as Dreamweaver; and overview documentation trends such as structured authoring, single-sourcing, and XML. Integrated with credit ETWR-2473. Qualifies for...

XML and DITA for Structured Authoring for Information Specialists
Introduces XML, DITA, and related technologies focusing on their application in business, government, and technical communications. In addition to an overview of the raw materials needed to create and transform XML (DTDs, schemas, XSL and CSS stylesheets), the course introduces students to industry-standard solutions such as DocBook, DITA and the related tools, both commercial and open source....


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