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Technical Communications Courses

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.

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.

Multimedia for Technical Communications Management
Learn to create audio-visual tutorials for technical products employing the principles of instructional design, user experience, and usability as a foundation to learn and employ audio-video applications like TechSmith, Camtasia and Adobe Captivate. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times if content varies. Combined with credit ETWR-2470. Qualifies for student health insurance.

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...

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.

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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