Technical Communications


The Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science in the Technical Communications Specialization provide preparation essential for careers in technical communications. Courses include developing print and online materials, online helps, web sites, and graphics; working within the documentation process as writers, editors, reviewers, designers, and coordinators; exploring industry developments involving single sourcing, content management, and document control; using software applications most in demand by employers to develop portfolio-quality documents; and, most importantly, practicing clear succinct direct writing that is carefully adapted to its intended audience.

Note: Certificate and degree plans are flexible; courses can be substituted from the other specialization. Contact the department chairperson.

Recommended electives. Courses offered by the Visual Communication program and by the Computer Information Systems program are highly recommended for careers in technical communication:

Note: The Business & Technical Communications Program offers a Technical Communication Certificate through Continuing Education. Same tuition rate for all; no admissions process.

Certificate. Descriptions of the certificate, with requirements and course listings, by catalog date:

Associate of Applied Science. Description of the AAS degree, with requirements and course listings, by catalog date:

Continuing Education Certificate. Take any of these six courses (the more the better) to earn the CE certificate:

  • ETWR 1091 Introduction to Technical Writing (ENGL 2311 for credit)
  • ETWR 1074 Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information (ETWR 1374 for credit)
  • ETWR 2072 Technical Publishing with Adobe FrameMaker (ETWR 2472 for credit)
  • ETWR 2076 Technical Publishing with MS Word (ETWR 2476 for credit)
  • ETWR 2073 XHTML and CSS for Information Specialists (ETWR 2473 for credit)
  • ETWR 2078 XML and DITA and Structured Authoring for Information Specialists (ETWR 2478 for credit)
  • ETWR 2470 Multimedia for Technical Communication (Continuing Education version not available)
  • POFT 1007 Editing Government, Business and Technical Information (ETWR 2379 for credit)
  • ETWR 2370 Fundamentals of Digital Publishing (E-books) (Continuing Education version not available)
  • ETWR 2077 Documentation Process and Content Management (ETWR 2477 for credit)
  • ETWR 2079 Web-Based Content Management Systems (ETWR 2479 for credit)
  • ETWR 1379 Technical Communicators: Careers and Professionalism (Continuing Education version not available)

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