TCOM220

Design and Production of Technical Publications

Technical writers constantly face the challenge of creating documents that are easy to understand, aesthetically pleasing, and economical. In this course, we will examine different ways of achieving these goals by taking a careful look at the elements of design and their impact on usability and production.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Flora Gordon $475.00 30 Register

Instructional hours: 15

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe good design and how it applies to technical documents
  • Apply the five guiding principles of effective manual design
  • Understand the terminology, types, and reasons for using grids
  • Learn the history, terminology, classifications, and components of type
  • Use tables, charts, graphs, and other graphic elements
  • Understand image file formats, their terminology, and their use
  • Identify technical manual structures, organization methods, and binding
  • Describe different printing processes and how to select the best one for a document

How will I learn?

  • Reading course content (online)
  • Online discussions (asynchronous)
  • Exercises
  • Extra reading
  • Independent assignments

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Assignments (80%)
  • Online participation (20%)

Textbooks and learning materials

All course materials are available online.

Hardware and software requirements

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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