TCOM410

Final Project: Technical Communication Guided Practicum

The practicum gives you an opportunity to apply the knowledge and abilities you acquired through the previous courses. In a mentored atmosphere, 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 abilities.

Prerequisite(s):

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - TBD $630.00 21 Register

This course involves 18 instructional hours and is available only to accepted Technical Communication Certificate students who have completed all other certificate courses.

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will 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 will I learn?

Prepare to spend six to ten hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
  • Online discussions
  • Group activities
  • Independent assignments
  • Extra reading

Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

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.

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Assignments (40%)
  • Final document (60%)

Textbooks and learning materials

Recommended text:

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed, (or later): 2010. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226104201

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 download a 30-day free trial of the online version of Chicago Manual of Style

All other 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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