Turn the complex into the comprehensible.
Writing isn’t one size fits all; it’s important to tailor your writing to best meet the expectations of your readers for clarity, comprehension, and style. Technical communication is a discipline used in science, technology, business and other fields where specific information must be presented concisely, clearly and consistently. Academic writing uses strong, well-organized forms of writing such as the annotated bibliography and the literature review to share ideas about research results and theory. Both types of writing are explored in detail in this course. Common elements of good writing that span all forms of writing are evaluated as well.
Academic and technical communication are facilitated by a high level of digital literacy — the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information. These technologies are applied and practiced in varied exercises.
Sample Course Topics
While topics may vary slightly based on course and instructor, sample topics may include but are not limited to the following.
- Digital Literacy and Technical Communication
- Audience Awareness and Storyboards
- Evaluating Use and Credibility of Sources
- Concept Map and Literature Review
- Usability Testing and Screencasting
As you learn how writers organize their writing development process, you’ll also come to understand how communicators adjust messages to facilitate audience comprehension. You’ll view the relationship between audiences and the writing/graphic choices that communicators use to reach them, including audience-specific language.
You’ll Identify a process you feel could be improved, then describe, analyze, and recommend a redesign for your chosen process in a semester-long project to be presented in both written and video form.
Written communication is about more than words. Design can have an impact on an audience. You’ll evaluate how document/web design elements can improve a message’s meaning and an audience’s understanding.
Your Learning Objectives
You’ll work hands-on with technological tools to create and revise professional-level documents in PRM 611.
- Design and revise business/workplace documents for a specific audience and purpose.
- Compose and apply discipline-specific voice, style and terminology to achieve communication goals.
- Distinguish, formulate and evaluate design principles to assist with visual, written and oral communication.
- Assess and employ technology to assist in achieving communication objectives.
- Assemble and interpret relevant research materials.
- Prepare professional documentation consistent with University and workplace standards.
*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.