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 15 to 20 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.
Textbooks and learning materials
Johnson-Sheehan, Richard; Technical Communication Today, 6th ed: 2018. Pearson. ISBN 9780134425733, 0134425731
You can purchase this textbook through the Pearson or 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.
Hardware and software requirements
- Microsoft Word for writing and submitting assignments
- High-speed internet access
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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