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.

The final examination for this course is due two weeks after the course ends (20 days after the last date listed in the schedule).

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Flora Gordon $525.00 27 Register
Online - Flora Gordon $525.00 30 Register
Online - - TBD $525.00 30 -

Instructional hours: 15

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

Note: A basic knowledge of MS Word and good command of the English language are required for this course. 

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 graphic design
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the terminology, types and reasons for using grids for page layout
  • Explain the history, terminology, classifications and components of typefaces
  • Use tables, charts, graphs and other graphic elements
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of image file formats, their terminology and their use
  • Identify document structures, organization methods and binding
  • Analyze different output processes (printing, electronic) and select the best one based on the project usage, budget, schedule, distribution and accessibility needs

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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English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

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