Business & Technical Communications Program

Technical Communication Specialization:
Associate of Applied Science — 2004-2005 Catalog

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
ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3xxxx
BCIS 1305
COSC 1301
COSC 1300
+POFT 1329
Semester II course
Business Computer Applications
Personal Computing
Introduction to Computing
Keyboarding and Document Formatting: Word I
Semester II course
Oral Communication elective2 3xxxx
Computer elective3 3-4xxxx
xx Visual Communication elective4 3-4xxxx
xx 15-17xxxx

Semester 2
+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
+ETWR 2472
+POFI 2431
Book-Length Documents with Adobe FrameMaker
Desktop Publishing for the Office: Book-Length Documents with MS Word
+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
+ITSE 1356
+BMGT 1409
Introduction to XML
Information and Project Management: Documentation Process and Content Management
+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
+ETWR 1391xx Special Topics in English Technical 3xxxx
xx Capstone Portfolio Examination4 xxxx
xx 18-19xxxx

TOTAL 63-64xxxx

    + Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions.

    # Capstone course

  1. 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.

  2. Select from Oral Communications in the General Education Course List.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Select from the Mathematics in the General Education Course List.

  6. Select from the Social and Behavioral Science in the General Education Course List.

  7. Select from the Humanities and Fine Arts in the General Education Course List.

  8. Select from Business & Technical Communications courses.

  9. Fourth semester capstone requirement - Portfolio Examination.

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