TEC400 - Technical Communication

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Last revision date 2018-11-23 12:40:31.389
Last review date 2018-11-23 12:40:31.389

Subject Title
Technical Communication

Subject Description
This subject introduces technical communication through the analysis of scenarios and sample documents, with opportunities to write audience-centered correspondence and reports. Students learn to edit their documents to achieve accuracy, clarity, conciseness, directness, and coherence. Students also use research and documentation skills to convey technical information, such as instructions and descriptions, in reports and demonstrate effective oral communication and/or collaboration skills.

Credit Status
TEC400 is a compulsory credit subject for students in several programs in the following areas of study: Aviation, Information and Communication Technology, and Science and Engineering Technology.  

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


  1. Analyze audience, context, and purpose to adapt the message to the communication objective.
  1. Write technical documents using language, style, and page design that align with AODA guidelines. 
  1. Compose context-related technical definitions, descriptions, explanations, and instructions to explain technical content.
  1. Create and integrate visual/graphic aids that support technical information. 
  1. Collaborate to manage team project plans, tasks, and requirements using appropriate collaboration tools and documents.
  1. Use the APA style to cite and document information obtained from credible sources.
        7.   Apply principles of effective presentations to convey information orally.


Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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 Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.