The Certificate in Technical Communications provides 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. Coursework in this certificate program can be applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Communications.
Please note that there is a great deal of flexibility in this degree. While the composition, speech, math, humanities, and social and behavioral science courses are required, you can substitute any ETWR course for another that you prefer. You can also take any combination of computer and Visual Communication electives that you prefer—even to the exclusion of one or the other.
Semester 1 Hours ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3xxxx BCIS 1305
Business Computer Applications
Introduction to Computing
3xxxx +POFT 1329
Semester II course
Keyboarding and Document Formatting: Word I
Semester II course
3xxxx Computer elective2 3-4xxxx Visual Communication elective3 3-4xxxx xx 13-14xxxx
Semester 2 Hours +ETWR 2472 Book-Length Documents with Adobe FrameMaker 4xxxx +ITSE 1405 Web Authoring and Publishing: Hypertext, Websites, and Online Helps 4xxxx +ITSE 1356
Introduction to XML
Desktop Publishing for the Office: Book-Length Documents with
Information and Project Management: Documentation Process and Content Management
3-4xxxx ARTC 1402
Digital Imaging I
Records and Information Management III: Indexing and Document Control
3xxxx +POFT 1307 Proofreading and Editing: Business, Government, and Technical Publications 3xxxx xx Visual Communication elective3 3-4xxxx xx Capstone Portfolio Examination4 xxxx xx 27-29xxxx
+ Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions.
# Capstone course
- Students lacking computer skills should take COSC 1300, COSC 1301, or BCIS 1305; students with limited experience with Microsoft Word should take POFT 1329. Students with skills in these areas should take a Semester II course such as ENGL 2311 or ARTC 1402.
- Students are encouraged to take related sequences of courses focusing on computer networks, databases, operating systems, or programming from Computer Information Technology or Computer Sciences.
- Students are encouraged to take related sequences of courses focusing on web design, graphics, automated drafting, and multimedia from Visual Communications or Engineering Design Graphics.
- Students are required to complete the Capstone Portfolio Examination.