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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 2015 semester. Check the current Course Schedule.

TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION & DESIGN, Dr. Seth Myers
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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, Nathan Pieplow, MA
This course is not just about words. It’s also about images, information structures, real-world problem solving, graphic design, document design, and the user experience. It’s about maximizing the efficiency, the effectiveness, and the beauty of the communications you’ll produce in your professional career. It's about writing as a design skill. We will write and design in several key genres of professional and technical communication, including cover letter, résumé, graphic logo, usability test report, and instruction manual. We will lay out each of our major assignments in Adobe InDesign, the industry standard software for graphic design and publishing. We will also study the processes and genres of professional project management. About a third of our class time and coursework will be dedicated to real-world projects for real-world clients. We will generate professional documentation for each stage of a project, including project charters, project plans, time logs, project closing documents, and client satisfaction surveys.
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.