TEC400 - Technical Communications

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Subject Title
Technical Communications

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.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

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.

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