Business & Technical Communications Program

Technical Communication Specialization:
Associate of Applied Science — 2013-2014 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.

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
Hours
xxxxxxxx Business & Technical Communications Elective1 3-4xxxx
Oral Communication2 3xxxx
Office Administration Elective3
or
Computer elective4
3-4xxxx
Visual Communication elective5 3-4xxxx
Mathematics elective2 2xxxx
Humanities elective2 3xxxx
xx 18-21xxxx

Semester 2
Hours
ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing 3xxxx
ETWR 1374 Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information 3xxxx
Computer elective4 3-4xxxx
Visual Communication elective5 3-4xxxx
Social & Behavioral Science elective2 3xxxx
xx 15-17xxxx

Semester 3
Hours
ETWR 2472
or
ETWR 2476
Book-Length Documents with Adobe FrameMaker
or
Book-Length Documents with MS Word
4xxxx
ETWR 2473 XHTML and CSS for Information Specialists 4xxxx
ETWR 1377
or
ETWR 2374
Indexing and Document Control
or
Online Helps and Help-Authoring Tools
3xxxx
Visual Communication elective5 3-4xxxx
xx 14-15xxxx

Semester 4
Hours
ETWR 2478
or
ETWR 2477
XML and Structured Authoring for Information Specialists
or
Documentation Process and Content Management
4xxxx
ETWR 2379 Editing Government, Business and Technical Information 3xxxx
Business & Technical Communications Elective1 3-4xxxx
Computer elective4
or
Visual Communication elective5
3-4xxxx
# ETWR 1379 Technical Communicators: Careers and Professionalism6 3xxxx
xx 16-18xxxx

TOTAL 63-71xxxx

    + Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions.
    # Capstone course
  1. Select from Business and Technical Communications courses.
  2. Select from the appropriate section of the General Education Course List.
  3. Students lacking computer skills should take COSC 1301 or BCIS 1305; students without experience with Microsoft Word should take POFT 1329.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Fourth semester capstone course requirement.


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