By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:
- Evaluate current writing theories in order to determine an appropriate approach to technical writing projects
- Apply the five steps of the technical writing process to your projects
- Create documents with a style and tone appropriate for the intended audience
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your own technical writing process
- Revise a piece of your technical writing for a specific audience, structure and style
Prepare to spend six to 10 hours per week on coursework, including:
- Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
- Independent writing assignments
- Extra reading
- Online research and discussion groups
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.
Your grade will be based on the following:
- Assignments (65%)
- Online participation (25%)
- Quizzes (10%)
Textbooks and learning materials
Johnson-Sheehan, Richard; Technical Communication Today, 6th ed: 2018. Pearson. ISBN 9780134425733, 0134425731
You can purchase this textbook through the Vital Source website.
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.
We will provide all other course materials online.