TCOM270

Tools for Technical Communicators

This core course will vary from offering to offering so that we can cover current or timely topics, and work with the latest software applications in technical communication.

For details on what will be covered in each upcoming course, click on the Register button and review the Section Description or see below if you've already clicked to register.

Upcoming courses include:

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Michael Hayward $470.00 30 Register
Online - Michael Hayward $475.00 30 Register

Instructional hours: 12

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.

Introduction to Adobe InDesign (Instructor: Michael Hayward)

What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Quickly find your way through the complex assortment of InDesign menus, tools and panels
  • Explain the purpose and the correct use of InDesign’s main tools and panels
  • Evaluate sample documents and describe their basic structure in terms of InDesign’s elements
  • Use InDesign’s menus, tools and panels to design and create a broad range of printed materials
  • Use InDesign’s menus, tools and panels to make changes to existing InDesign documents

How will I learn?

  • Assignments
  • Course readings

How will I be evaluated?

  • 90% Four assignments
  • 10% Participation

Textbooks and learning materials

There is a recommended text for this course, which is available in print and e-book formats. You are responsible for purchasing the text, if you choose to use it. All other course materials will be provided online.

Recommended text:

Cohen, Sandee; InDesign CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide: 2012. Peachpit Press. ISBN 978-0321822536

Hardware and software requirements

You will need access to Adobe InDesign for the full duration of the course. You may purchase either a copy of the software or a subscription from Adobe. Please note the trial version of the software is only active for seven days. You will also need:

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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Web Coding and HTML (Instructor: TBA)

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Create a webpage by adding Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to text files
  • Create a cascading style sheet (CSS) to add design and layout to a web page
  • Identify steps required to secure a domain name and hosting service
  • Identify specific requirements for formatting images, audio, video and other media on a website
  • Identify techniques to test and distribute websites
  • Plan future technological enhancements for the creation and distribution of digital media

How will I learn?

  • Online discussions
  • Assignments
  • Independent research

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on two assignments.

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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