TCN700 - Technical Writing I

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Subject Title
Technical Writing I

Subject Description
Successfully conveying complicated content to end users can greatly enhance the value of products and services. Technical Writing I explores the basic principles of planning and writing technical documentation. Students are taught how to organize and condense extensive information without sacrificing value. Students are taught to assess user?s needs, select document formats, and make effective use of graphics. Students are introduced to essential concepts and skills necessary for success as a technical writer while being encouraged to use critical thinking skills about the practice of technical communication.

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

1. Compare the purpose and range of technical writing genres with other forms of business communication to think critically about the practice of technical communication.
2. Analyze audience, context, and purpose to determine requirements and approaches that best meet user needs for a document.
3. Use the principles of plain language to write technical documentation.
4. Make use of reference resources, such as style guides and dictionaries, to identify proper terminology, style, and organizational patterns common in the technical communication industry.
5. Write accurate and clear instructions, technical definitions, and procedures for software applications using the documentation development process.
6. Integrate graphics, diagrams, figures, and tables into documents to highlight and illustrate important concepts.
7. Evaluate copyright, patent and trademark laws and their effect on technical communication.

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