Business & Technical Communications Program

Technical Communication Specialization:
Certificate — 2014-2015 Catalog

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.

Note: To see catalog descriptions for courses that are in the major, move your mouse pointer over the course titles below.

Use the online form to keep track of your progress toward your BTCM Certificate and to show the program coordinator.

Semester 1
ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing 3xxxx
ETWR 1374
ETWR 2470
Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information
Multimedia for Technical Communication
Computer elective1 3-4xxxx
Visual Communication elective2 3-4xxxx
ETWR 2476 Book-Length Documents with MS Word 4xxxx
ETWR 2379 Editing Government, Business and Technical Information 3xxxx
xx 19-21xxxx

Semester 2
ETWR 2472 Book-Length Documents with Adobe FrameMaker 4xxxx
ETWR 2473 XHTML and CSS for Information Specialists 4xxxx
ETWR 2374 Online Helps and Help-Authoring Tools 3xxxx
ETWR 2370
ETWR 2479
Fundamentals of Digital Publishing (E-books)
Web-Based Content Management Systems
# ETWR 1379 Technical Communicators: Careers and Professionalism3 3xxxx
xx 17xxxx

TOTAL 36-38xxxx

    + Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions.
    # Capstone course
  1. Select from ITSE 1411 Beginning Web Programming, BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications, BCIS 1331 Introduction to Programming in Visual Basic .NET, ITSC 1425 Personal Computer Hardware. Ask the department chair for recommendations.
  2. Select from ARTC 1402 Digital Imaging I, ARTC 1413 Digital Publishing I, ARTC 1459 Visual Design for New Media, ARTC 2405 Digital Imaging II, ARTC 2413 Digital Publishing II, IMED 1416 Web Design I, IMED 2415 Web Design II, IMED 1445 Interactive Digital Media I, IMED 1441 Interface Design, and IMED 2470 User Experience Design. Ask the department chair for recommendations.
  3. Capstone course requirement.

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