The Associate of Applied Science degree 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.
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
Semester II course
Business Computer Applications
Introduction to Computing
Keyboarding and Document Formatting: Word I
Semester II course
3xxxx Oral Communication elective2 3xxxx Computer elective3 3-4xxxx xx Visual Communication elective4 3-4xxxx xx 15-17xxxx
Semester 2 Hours +ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing 3xxxx ARTC 1402 Digital Imaging I 4xxxx Computer elective3 3-4xxxx xx Visual Communication elective4 3-4xxxx xx Math elective5 3xxxx xx 16-18xxxx
Semester 3 Hours +ETWR 2472
Book-Length Documents with Adobe FrameMaker
Desktop Publishing for the Office: Book-Length Documents with MS Word
4xxxx +ITSE 1405 Web Authoring and Publishing: Hypertext, Websites, and Online Helps 4xxxx POFT 2359 Records and Information Management III: Indexing and Document Control 3xxxx xx Social and Behavioral Science6 3xxxx xx Visual Communication elective5 3-4xxxx xx 17xxxx
Semester 4 Hours +ITSE 1356
Introduction to XML
Information and Project Management: Documentation Process and Content Management
3-4xxxx +POFT 1307 Proofreading and Editing: Business, Government, and Technical Publications 3xxxx xx Humanties7 3xxxx xx Business & Technical Communications Elective8 3xxxx Computer elective3
Visual Communication elective4
3-4xxxx +ETWR 1391xx Special Topics in English Technical 3xxxx xx Capstone Portfolio Examination4 xxxx xx 18-19xxxx
+ Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions.
# Capstone course
- Students lacking computer skills should take COSC 1301 or BCIS 1305; students without 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.
Select from Oral Communications in the General Education Course List. Students are encouraged to take related sequences of courses focusing on computer networks, databases, operating systems, or programming from the Computer Information Technology and the Computer Science departments. Students are encouraged to take related sequences of courses focusing on web design, graphics, automated drafting, and multimedia from the Visual Communications or Engineering Design Graphics departments. Select from the Mathematics in the General Education Course List. Select from the Social and Behavioral Science in the General Education Course List. Select from the Humanities and Fine Arts in the General Education Course List. Select from Business & Technical Communications courses. Fourth semester capstone requirement - Portfolio Examination.