Technical Communication (TCOM)

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TCOM 205. INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ENGL 201.
In this introduction to technical communication, students will learn the basic principles of effectively structuring information for a variety of purposes and audiences, using an applicable document type. Students will solve various communication problems individually and they will be required to work in teams to complete a research or service learning project.

TCOM 305. USABILITY AND INFORMATION DESIGN IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: TCOM 205.
In this course, students learn about the principles of document design as applied in the field of technical communication. As part of the course, students learn about usability testing and conduct tests to measure the effectiveness of a document. Students work individually and in teams to complete a variety of projects, including a service learning or client-based project.

TCOM 309. GRAMMAR FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITERS. 5 Credits.

Cross listed: ENGL 309, JRNM 309.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 201.
Many professionals continue to struggle with grammar and usage rules throughout their careers. In this course, students will refresh and improve their knowledge of English grammar, style and usage rules. They will develop confidence in using correct punctuation, capitalization and verb forms, and learn how to create and employ different types of sentence structures, becoming proficient at writing clear, correct sentences to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.

TCOM 404. INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: TCOM 205.
In our technologically rich world, instructions and procedures pervade our professional lives. In this course, students will learn the art and practice of how to write, design, test and deliver instructions and procedures. Skills learned in this course are highly desired in a variety of settings including government, industry, corporate and non-profit agencies.

TCOM 407. PROPOSAL WRITING. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ENGL 201.
Investigation of funding sources, use of government documents for research and evaluation of submitted proposals are among areas covered. Emphasis is on clear, concise writing of individualized student projects.

TCOM 409. EDITING IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ENGL 459.
This course develops the principles and practices of technical editing. Students will learn how to copy, edit and proofread a variety of technical and professional documents, using standard symbols and conventions. Students will also learn to use style sheets to track emendations and they will gain an understanding of the responsibilities of an editor to make texts effective and usable.

TCOM 490. SENIOR CAPSTONE: ISSUES IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement.

TCOM 495. TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP. 1-15 Credits.

Notes: may be repeated.
Pre-requisites: TCOM 404, TCOM 407 and TCOM 409; permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
A minimum of 20 hours work per week as a student-intern in technical communication for a cooperating business, industry or agency. Students may earn from 5–15 credits.