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3035 - Technical Communication & Design Course Descriptions

The following list is alphabetical, by instructor last name. Not every course shown below is offered every semester. Check the current Course Schedule.

CLIENT PROJECTS, Dr. Rolf Norgaard
A rhetorically informed introduction to technical writing that hones communication skills in the context of multidisciplinary design activities. The course treats design as a collaborative, user-oriented, problem-based activity, and technical communication as a rhetorical and persuasive design art. Taught as a writing workshop emphasizing critical thinking, revision, and oral presentation skills, the course focuses on a semester-long design project for real campus or community clients, and on effective communication with multiple stakeholders. Whereas other writing courses might ask you to “write about X,” this course asks you to draw on writing and speaking “to do X.”

PROJECT DESIGN & MANAGEMENT, Kathryn Pieplow, J.D.
This course focuses on managing the design of a project for actual campus or community clients. We will duplicate, to the extent possible, the design processes used in business and industry, integrating the skills and strategies necessary for effective client communication, team collaboration, needs assessment, design, and presentation. The core of effective project design is critical thinking, rhetorical analysis, written and oral communication skills. Although taught as a writing workshop, unlike other writing courses that ask you “to write about X,” this course requires you to further develop your writing and speaking skills “to do X.”

TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN, Petger Schaberg
Technical Communication and Design is a rhetorically informed introduction to technical writing that hones communication skills in the context of technical design activities. Students will be treating Design as a collaborative, user-oriented, problem-based activity, and Technical Communication as a rhetorically informed, persuasive skill. Taught as a writing seminar emphasizing critical thinking, revision, and oral presentation skills, the course focuses on client-driven design projects and effective communication with multiple stakeholders.