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Final Project: Technical Communication Guided Practicum

The practicum gives you an opportunity to apply the knowledge and abilities you acquired through the previous courses. With feedback from your instructor and from other students, you will create a portfolio-quality document that you can show prospective employers as a demonstration of your technical communication skills and knowledge. You will be required to secure a project 'client' (which can be your current employer) for whom you will prepare this document/deliverable. The instructor will work closely with you to ensure you successfully complete the assignment and create a portfolio-worthy project.


Instructional hours: 18

This course is available only to accepted Technical Communication Certificate students who have completed all prerequisites listed above.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 12 weeks
Tuition: $630
Can be applied to:
Technical Communication Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateTue, Sep 19, 2023
  • Tue, Sep 19 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Sep 26 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Oct 3 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Oct 10 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Oct 17 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Oct 24 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Oct 31 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 7 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 14 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 21 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 28 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Dec 5 (self-paced all week)
InstructorMellissa Ruryk
Seats Available24

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Conceive, outline, write and produce a technical communication product
  • Design and manage a plan to complete a technical communication product that includes a schedule and budget 
  • Implement peer-editing techniques, analyzing another's written work and providing professional feedback
  • Develop a personal marketing plan tailored for the technical communication industry

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend 10–15 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments 
  • Final document

To graduate with the Technical Communication Certificate, complete all courses with minimum average grade of B- (70%).

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Recommended reading:

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition. University of Chicago Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0226287058

Note: Courses use the author-date style from the Chicago/Turabian (17th ed.) citation guide.

Once you begin the course you’ll be sent SFU library access information for this text. Alternatively, you may wish to access a 30-day free trial of the online version of Chicago Manual of Style.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

This course requires:

To get the most from this course, you should be comfortable with the following MS Word and/or Google Docs functions:

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.