BTC440 - Business and Technical Writing

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Subject Title
Business and Technical Writing

Subject Description
Business and Technical Writing is a course that focuses on business and technical correspondence and reports, including proposals, relevant to the software development field. Students will learn to write abstracts, formal and informal reports, as well as technical briefs after studying industry examples. Delivered in mixed mode format using a variety of media and methods, this course encourages learning by application and accomplishment. Prerequisite: BTC140

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. identify the appropriate uses of email and print communication (cognitive, analysis);

2. evaluate related business and/or technical writing for its effectiveness (Cognitive, Evaluation);

3. apply fundamental techniques of business and/or technical writing using local standards for forms of address, closings, dates, etc. (Cognitive, Application);

4. create email messages and memos for specific purposes and audiences (cognitive, synthesis, psychomotor);

5. create business and technical reports utilizing appropriate research techniques (Cognitive, Synthesis, Psychomotor);

6. create tables of contents, indices, bibliographies, and end notes or footnotes, where applicable, for reports and proposals (Cognitive, Synthesis, Psychomotor);

7. write an abstract for a report or memorandum (Cognitive, Synthesis, Psychomotor);

8. write executive summaries for longer reports and proposals (Cognitive, Synthesis, Psychomotor);

9. summarize published research materials (Cognitive, Synthesis);

10. develop a project proposal for a Canadian business or financial institute (Cognitive, Synthesis, Psychomotor);

11. apply computer skills to create effective tables and visuals for a technical report (Cognitive, Application);

12. demonstrate computer skills through the completion of a technical paper, writing, sending and receiving e-mail and the incorporation of visual aids into print material (Cognitive, Application, Psychomotor);

13. choose to collaborate with a team in preparing reports and documents in connection with a software development proposal and team presentation (Affective, Receiving);

14. choose to lead a team in preparing reports and documents in connection with a software development proposal (Affective, Receiving).

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