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Business and Technical Communications


Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technical Communications is designed to give students skills and background essential for careers in technical communications. Coursework includes developing print and online materials, online helps, web sites, and graphics; working within the documentation process as writers, editors, reviewers, designers, and coordinators; exploring industry developments involving single sourcing, content management, and document control; using software applications most in demand by employers to develop portfolio-quality documents; and, most importantly, practicing clear succinct direct writing that is carefully adapted to its intended audience.

Contact the department chair for Business and Technical Communications for waiver, substitution, and transfer possibilities.

  Semester II
    ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing 3
    ETWR 1374 Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information 3
    Computer Elective4 3-4
  Semester III
    ETWR 2472 Technical Publications with Adobe FrameMaker OR 4
    ETWR 2476 Technical Publications with MS Word
    ETWR 2473 XHTML and CSS for Information Specialists 4
    ETWR 1377 Indexing and Document Control OR 3
  ETWR 2374 Online Helps and Help-Authoring Tools
  Semester IV
  ETWR 2478 XML and DITA for Structured Authoring for Information Specialists OR 4
    ETWR 2477 Documentation Process and Content Management
    ETWR 2379 Editing Government, Business and Technical Information 3
  ETWR 1379 Technical Communicators: Careers and Professionalism 3
  TOTALS 63-71

  +Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions
  #Capstone course
  1Select courses from Business and Technical Communications department.
  2Select from the appropriate section of the General Education Course List.
  3Students lacking computer skills should take COSC 1301 or BCIS 1305; students with limited experience with Microsoft Word should take POFI 2301.
  4Students are encouraged to take related sequences of courses focusing on computer networks, databases, operating systems, or programming from Computer Information Technology or the Computer Science departments.
  5Students are encouraged to take related sequences of courses focusing on web design, graphics, automated drafting, and multimedia from Visual Communications or Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design departments.