TCN800 - Technical Writing II

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Subject Title
Technical Writing II

Subject Description
Technical Writing II builds on the basic principles of technical documentation. Students write more complex content while giving attention to text organization, visual elements, single-sourcing, writing for impaired audiences, and addressing translation/localization requirements. Students are taught the tools and techniques for project management including meeting deadlines, planning, designing, and managing content. To simulate a common work environment, students work on project teams to create documentation deliverables and learn effective techniques for working with subject matter experts.

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

1. Research primary and secondary sources of information to identify audience, scope, and purpose of a large project.
2. Develop a documentation plan to determine scope, scheduling, and content for the management of project deliverables.
3. Manage projects, tasks, and requirements using collaboration tools and project plans.
4. Demonstrate approaches for working with co-located, dispersed, and virtual teams to produce collaborative, agile writing projects.
5. Practice effective information-gathering techniques by interviewing subject matter experts for a large documentation project.
6. Complete a substantive edit and usability test to improve content, organization, and design of a document.
7. Create original content for a manual that addresses technical writing best practices, single-sourcing, and considerations such as accessibility, usability, and translation needs for a global economy.

Academic Integrity
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Discrimination/Harassment
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.