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Fundamentals of Digital Publishing (E-books)
Explore digital publishing for business and technical communication in terms of terminology, platforms, standards, as well as academic, corporate, and web-based environments. Evaluate print versus digital mediums as they relate to the history and future of publishing. Learn how to publish using various professional and personal applications. Create and upload e-pubs, format to platform, use style...

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...

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 ETWR 2376.

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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