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3035 - Technical Communication & Design Course Descriptions

The following list is alphabetical, by instructor last name. The course offerings below are for the Spring 2017 semester. Check the current Course Schedule.

TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION & DESIGN, Dr. Matthew Henningsen
In this upper-division writing course, we will keep our focus on the title, “Technical Communication and Design.” By this, I mean that we will use “Technical Communication,” or learning how to effectively and persuasively communicate in a professional setting, in order to “Design” a series of documents, like cover letters, resumes, memos, reports, and a number of multimodal presentation formats. Our ultimate design, or where all of this is headed, is a final, all-inclusive project that you will begin working on pretty much during the first few weeks of class. This project is client-focused, meaning that you will be engaging and working with a reallife client with specific needs and wants. You will satisfy these professional needs, and ultimately deliver an end result project to your selected client. We will therefore really focus on the outside world as we work through this class together.
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.”

TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN, Petger Schaberg, MA
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.
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN, Paula Wenger, MA
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