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 Writing I. Students write more complex content that focuses on text organization, graphic design, visual elements, single-sourcing, accessibility, usability, inclusivity, and localization best practices. Students use project management techniques that include planning, designing, and managing deadlines for multiple deliverables. To simulate a common work environment, students work with subject matter experts to research and gather information for their final project. 

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 online collaboration tools and project plans. 
  4. Practice effective information-gathering techniques by interviewing subject matter experts for a large documentation project. 
  5. Create original content that addresses technical writing best practices, single-sourcing, and considerations such as accessibility, usability, inclusivity, and localization needs for a global economy. 
  6. Complete usability tests and production edits to improve content, organization, and design of a set of deliverables.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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.

Camera Use and Recordings - Synchronous (Live) Classes
Synchronous (live) classes may be delivered in person, in a Flexible Learning space, or online through a Seneca web conferencing platform such as MS Teams or Zoom. Flexible Learning spaces are equipped with cameras, microphones, monitors and speakers that capture and stream instructor and student interactions, providing an in-person experience for students choosing to study online.

Students joining a live class online may be required to have a working camera in order to participate, or for certain activities (e.g. group work, assessments), and high-speed broadband access (e.g. Cable, DSL) is highly recommended. In the event students encounter circumstances that impact their ability to join the platform with their camera on, they should reach out to the professor to discuss. Live classes may be recorded and made available to students to support access to course content and promote student learning and success.

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