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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
In this class we will focus on writing as a design skill, and we will seek to improve our skills as both writers and designers. We will work with real-world clients on real-world projects. In learning the processes of project management, we will generate professional documentation for each stage of the project, including project charters, project plans, time logs, Gantt charts, and client satisfaction surveys. We will also write/create in a number of genres of technical and professional writing, including a graphic logo, a job application package, and an instructional manual. We will study the basics of graphic design and of professional design software including Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign.
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.