Develop a thorough grounding in the broad discipline of technical communication as well as a framework for future courses. This course will familiarize you with the challenges that professional technical writers face and the standard practices they use. It will also give you an appreciation of your own competencies and deficiencies, and allow you to tailor the courses you take in the future accordingly.
Concepts and Practice of Technical Communication
Instructional hours: 20
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:
- Use standard document development methodology to write and produce effective, user-focused technical documents
- Understand document planning and project scheduling and how they fit into document development methodology
- Organize and present technical information in the most effective ways, both in print and online
- Write using plain language principles to communicate clearly to the broadest range of users
- Employ design principles to create print and online documents that are legible and easy to use
- Work collaboratively with others to produce documents such as a web page, wiki page or blog
How will I learn?
- Group assignments
- Independent writing assignments
- Extra reading
- Online research and discussion groups
Who should take this course?
This course is open to anyone who wants to learn about technical writing or technical communication, and who wishes to study the best practices in the field.
How will I be evaluated?
Your grade will be based on the following:
- Assignments (75%)
- Online participation (25%)
Textbooks and learning materials
All course materials including the course texts are available online.
You may purchase a printed copy of both texts from the SFU Bookstore (limited copies available):
- Kent, Duncan; Sharpening Your Writing Skills, 2002; Duncan Kent and Associates
- Kent, Duncan; Writing Revisable Manuals; 2006; Duncan Kent and Associates, ISBN: 978-084-0000262