Technical Communication Course Descriptions

TCH COM 1600 Introduction to Technical Communication (LEC 3.0)  Introduction to the role of the professional technical communicator in business and industry and practice in methods of developing technical documents. Prerequisite: English 1120. (co-listed with ENGL 1600)

TCH COM 2540 Layout and Design (LEC 3.0) Theory and practice of layout and design for print and electronic media. Prerequisite: English 1600 or TCH COM 1600.

TCH COM 2560 Technical Marketing Communication (LEC 3.0) An introduction to technical marketing communication with an emphasis on relevant genres such as (but not limited to) the data sheet, white paper, and technical demonstration. Prerequisites: ENGLISH 1600 or TCH COM 1600 or ENGLISH 1160. (Co-listed with ENGLISH 2560).

TCH COM 3000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0)  Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the department. Consent of instructor required.

TCH COM 3001 Special Topics (Variable 0.0-6.0)  This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.

TCH COM 3440 Theory of Visual Technical Communication (LEC 3.0)  A study of the relationships between visual and conceptual elements of technical communication. Prerequisites: TCH COM 1600 and TCH COM 2540 or ENGLISH 1600 and ENGLISH 2540.

TCH COM 4085 Internship (0.0-6.0)  Internship will involve students applying critical thinking skills and discipline specific knowledge in a work setting based on a project designed by the advisor and employee. Activities will vary depending on the student's background and the setting. Prerequisites: must have completed 24 hours in the major core curriculum.

TCH COM 4410 Theory and Practice of Technical Communication (LEC 3.0)  This capstone course enables the student to work on individual and group projects that put into play the theories and practices of technical communication.  Students are expected to develop professional portfolios. Prerequisites: TCH COM 1600 and TCH COM 2540 or English 1600 and English 2540.

TCH COM 4450 International Dimensions of Technical Communication (LEC 3.0) Examines complexity of communication of technical information worldwide. Includes topics such as graphics, icons, symbols; user interface design; intercultural communication. Students may not earn credit for both TCH COM  4450 and TCH COM 6450. Prerequisite: One semester of college writing or technical writing, and undergraudate standing.

TCH COM 4520 Help Authoring (LEC 3.0)Students will acquire the technological and rhetorical skills necessary for creating effective online help systems, including context-sensitive help for computer applications. Prerequisites: One semester of college writing or technical writing, or graduate standing.

TCH COM 4550 Proposal Writing (LEC 3.0) This course familiarizes students with many aspects of writing proposals for various purposes in academic, professional, and public spheres. It offers students opportunities to write documents to promote their academic, professional, or personal goals or those of their organization(s). Students may not earn credit for both TCH COM  4550 and TCH COM 5550. Prerequisites: One semester of college composition or technical writing, and undergraduate standing.

TCH COM 5000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0) Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the department. Consent of instructor required.

TCH COM 5001 Special Topics (Variable 0.0-6.0) This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.

TCH COM 5010 Seminar (RSD 0.0-6.0) Discussion of current topics.

TCH COM 5040 Oral Examination (IND 0.0) After completion of all other program requirements, oral examinations for on-campus M.S./Ph.D. students may be processed during intersession. Off-campus M.S. students must be enrolled in oral examination and must have paid an oral examination fee at the time of the defense/comprehensive examination (oral/written).  All other students must enroll for credit commensurate with uses made of facilities and/or faculties.  In no case shall this be for less than three (3) semester hours for resident students.

TCH COM 5099 Research (IND 0.0-15.0) Investigations of an advanced nature leading to the preparation of a thesis or dissertation. Consent of instructor required.

TCH COM 5510 Technical Editing (LEC 3.0) The principles and practices of technical editing, including usability, audience analysis, contextual editing, the conventions of scientific and technical communication, and the role of the editor in document development and publication.  Students will also learn standard practices of copy editing and the use of style guides. Prerequisites: One semester of college composition or technical writing, or graduate standing.

TCH COM 5530 Usability Studies (LEC 3.0) In this course students will study and apply methods used by technical communicators to evaluate usability. This course focuses on methods used to evaluate human interaction with communication tools and students will learn how to make products more suitable for human use. Prerequisites: One semester of college composition or technical writing, or graduate standing.

TCH COM 5540 Advanced Layout and Design (LEC 3.0) Advanced theory and practice of layout and design for print and electronic media. Students who have taken TCH COM 2540 may not take this course for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

TCH COM 5550 Advanced Proposal Writing (LEC 3.0) Familiarizes graduate students with many aspects of writing proposals for various purposes in academic, professional, and public spheres. Offers opportunities to write documents to promote their academic, professional, or personal goals or those of their organization(s). Credit will not be given for both TCH COM 4550 or TCH COM 5550. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

TCH COM 5560 Web-Based Communication (LEC 3.0) This course covers topics such as advanced writing and editing for the web; the creation of rhetorically effective websites; the use of blogs, wikis, and other web genres to communicate technical information. Prerequisites: One semester of college composition or technical writing, or graduate standing.

TCH COM 5610 History of Technical Communication (LEC 3.0) Introduction to the roles of the technical communicator and the technologies of communication from ancient cultures to the present. Prerequisites: One semester of college composition or technical writing, or graduate standing.

TCH COM 5620 Research Methods in Technical Communication (LEC 3.0) Students learn essential research methods in technical communication, including audience analysis, interviewing techniques, working with subject matter experts, and experimental research design. Prerequisites: One semester of college composition or technical writing, or graduate standing.

TCH COM 6070 Teaching of Technical Communication (LEC 3.0) Provides a theoretical and pedagogical foundation for teaching workshops and undergraduate courses in technical communication.  Includes both traditional and electronic settings.

TCH COM 6410 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication (LEC 3.0) Examines representative theories and research in written, oral, and visual modes of technical communication. Includes such issues as ethics, document design, rhetorical methods, and people-machine communication.

TCH COM 6420 Information Management in Technical Communication (LEC 3.0) Study of and practice in directing projects related to such areas as multimedia, web sites, strategic planning, newsletters. Includes writing planning documents, selecting team members, synchronizing assignments, testing prototypes, and issuing a final report.

TCH COM 6440 Advanced Theories of Visual Technical Communication (LEC 3.0) An in-depth investigation and analysis of historical and contemporary visual theories and their impact on technical communication, including visual rhetoric, semiotics, and design and critical theories.

TCH COM 6450 Advanced International Technical Communication (LEC 3.0) Examines complexity of communication of technical information worldwide. Includes topics such as graphics, icons, symbols; user interface design; cross-cultural communication. Students may not earn credit for both TCH COM  4450 and TCH COM 6450. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

TCH COM 6600 Foundations of Technical Communication (LEC 3.0) Introduction to themes and issues, methods, and genres that define technical communication.

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