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Course Description

Learn to effectively communicate technical information to your audience by applying relevant concepts and tools to help you make sense of various writing tasks. Develop your ability to analyze written information and use structure to reinforce its meaning and make the message clear. Produce writing samples based on documents including reports, policies and procedures, proposals, summaries, manuals, and user guides. Learn through study, practice, peer and instructor feedback, and assignments.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcome

In this class, students will explore how purpose, audience, form and style are important elements of technical writing. Being attentive to each element helps in communicating effectively. The focus will be on practicing writing skills that relate to the most common forms of documentation, including proposals, reports, specifications, manuals and other forms of technical communication.

Supporting Learning Outcome Statements

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify audience and purpose
  • Apply appropriate technical writing style and form to a variety of audiences with varying purposes
  • Write effective common persuasive and informative technical documents
  • Recognize how style and form inform and influence the effectiveness of a written technical document

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: One of the core courses (WRI 110, WRI 120, WRI 130, WRI 150, BMC 113).    

Completion of WRI 220 Document Design is recommended prior to taking this course. 

 

BMC 113 - Business Writing Basics OR
WRI 150 - Writing in the Workplace OR
WRI 130 - Professional Writing Basics OR
WRI 120 - Copy Editing and Proofreading OR
WRI 110 - Writing Well

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Type
Online
Dates
Apr 06, 2021 to May 31, 2021
Hours
30.0
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $595.00
Potential Price Adjustments
Reading List / Textbook

Title: Technical Communication 
Author: John M. Lannon & Don Klepp
Publisher: Pearson Canada 
Edition: 7 
ISBN-10: 0134310837
ISBN-13: 978-0134310831

Visit the UCalgary Bookstore at www.calgarybookstore.ca.

Section Notes

Prerequisites: At least one core course: Writing Well (WRI 110), Copy Editing and Proofreading (WRI 120), or Writing in the Workplace (WRI 150 - previously WRI 130 / BMC 113). Successful completion of WRI 220 Document Design is suggested. 

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students who are unfamiliar with Desire2Learn or Adobe Connect are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online prior to enrolling in this course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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