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ENGL 2311 - Technical and Business Writing (3-3-0)
Principles, techniques, and skills needed to conduct scientific, technical, or business writing. Instruction in the writing of reports, letters, and other exercises applicable to a wide range of disciplines and careers. Emphasis on clarity, conciseness, and accuracy of expression. Research techniques, information design, effective use of graphics, and preparation and presentation of oral reports will be covered. Students planning to transfer to a 4-year university should take ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements for English Rhetoric/Composition. Workforce education programs require either ENGL 2311 or ENGL 1301 for the General Education requirement. Students should consult the college catalog or an advisor to determine which course is required by their degree plan.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: T
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 1/14/2014
 
ETWR 1372 - Grammar/Style (3-3-0)
A study of the principles of an effective professional or technical style, stressing clarity, exactness, and readability. Topics include a review of grammar and punctuation, an introduction to copy editing, and editing and revision skills.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/28/2014
 
ETWR 1373 - Government and Business Correspondence (3-3-0)
A course focused on business correspondence delivered through common media (business letters, memos, e-mail, and reports), across organizational hierarchies (work associates at lower, same, and higher organizational levels), and based in typical situations (good news, bad news, policy and schedule changes, information requests, reprimands, rationales, denials, and other tricky business-communication situations). Emphasizes clear, tactful, succinct, direct, well-structured writing that gets the job done.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 1374 - Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information (3-3-0)
Focusing on graphics commonly required of technical writers, this course begins with rhetorical principles relating to graphic design; challenges students to envision graphics for plain text; introduces software such as Photoshop for editing graphics; including techniques for importing and positioning graphics into desktop publishing software such as FrameMaker and Word; introduces editing existing hardware vector graphics; provides practice creating relatively simple graphics such as geometrical, conceptual, and flowchart-type graphics using applications such as CorelDraw, Illustrator, or AutoCAD; and provides a thorough introduction to scalable vector graphics (SVG).
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 1376 - Grant Proposals and Business Plans (3-3-0)
A study of two important forms of the proposal: the grant proposal and the new-business plan (also known as business "prospectus"). Students learn how to find grants, analyze their requirements, and then write a successful grant proposal. Students also plan a business startup, do funding and marketing research for it, and then write a business plan promoting the startup to potential investors.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/28/2014
 
ETWR 1377 - Indexing and Document Control (3-3-0)
A study of the fundamentals of indexing documents, both print and online. Includes critique of existing indexes and brief indexing exercises focusing on processes for rough-drafting indexes. Students learn to revise and fine-tune other writers’ rough-draft indexes as well as their own. Students learn processes for developing consistent indexes as a documentation team. The course includes an introduction to indexing tools in desktop publishing software such as Word and FrameMaker as well as software applications commonly used for document control.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 5/20/2014
 
ETWR 1378 - Administrative Policy Writing (3-3-0)
Study, critique, planning, writing, and revising of administrative rules, guidance documents, inspection reports, and policy-procedure documents commonly developed in government and business agencies; a survey of existing standards and guidelines for the preparation of these documents.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Prerequisites: Strong writing skills; familiarity with or interest in government or business operations Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 1379 - Technical Communicators: Careers and Professionalism (3-3-0)
In this course, students prepare for careers as technical communicators (or information specialists) by developing resumes and portfolios, searching for jobs in the profession, practicing interview skills, attending meetings and joining a professional society, "shadowing" a professional technical communicator on the job, reading about the key issues in the profession, learning about the history of the profession, and exploring the future of the profession. Contact the instructor prior to enrollment.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: P Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 5/20/2014
 
ETWR 1391 - Special Topics in English Technical and Business Writing (3-3-0)
Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student, including portfolio development. May be taken a second time for credit when topics vary.
 
 Student Project - Course topic, schedule, and requirements negotiated by individual instructor and student. Students engage in writing projects involving tutorials, user guides, and researched reports covering such areas as special techniques with FrameMaker, Word, Dreamweaver, RoboHelp, Author-IT; entry-level tutorials for mainstream software in demand by area employers; and research topics such as corporate implementation of usability review, inclusion of formal editing in the documentation process, and other such topics.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: P Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 1/14/2014
 
ETWR 1471 - Social Media Tools I: Design and Implementation (4-4-0)
Learn how to promote organizations, products, and services using social media tools such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Adhering to the rules of online etiquette, learn how to build a community and curate its contributed information so that that information reliably provides online support for products or services. Put what you learn into practice by using these tools to accomplish one or both of these goals, preferably for a nonprofit.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/28/2014
 
ETWR 1472 - Social Media Tools II: Monitoring and Analysis (4-4-0)
Learn how to develop and manage social media strategies based on the social media campaign created in ETWR 1471. Use analytical tools to establish metrics for measuring results of these strategies. Maintain and modify social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter, forums, blogs, youtube.com, LinkedIn and podcasts. Analyze data, identify promoters of, and threats to, organization reputation and brand. Develop policies regarding best practices and ethics for social media strategies. Put what you learn into practice by using reporting and user analysis methods to prove or disprove campaign results, preferably for a nonprofit.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Prerequisites: ETWR 1471. Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 1474 - Emerging Technologies in Social Networking (4-4-0)
Investigate new and emerging technologies such as cloud, consumerization, search engine optimization (SEO) and Gowalla. Focus on the essential macro trends that are transforming the way organizations apply technology and interact with their target audience. Delve into the trends that have implications for technical writing professionals and that are driving deeper changes in business models, processes, and interaction between workers, customers, and the broader marketplace. Learn how to use social media venues to enable real-time communication, thus allowing companies to have a broader reach to different kinds of audiences and receive instant feedback and input from their audiences (customers).
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Prerequisites: ETWR 1471. Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 2364 - Practicum (or Field Experience) -- English Technical and Business Writing (3-1-20)
Practical general training and experiences in the workplace. The college with the employer develops and documents an individualized plan for the student. The plan relates the workplace training and experiences to the student’s general and technical course of study. The guided external experiences may be for pay or no pay. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: P Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 5/28/2014
 
ETWR 2374 - Online Helps and Help-Authoring Tools (3-3-0)
Workshop-style course in which students study the evolution and function of online helps; critique existing online helps; learn structuring principles and navigation tools common in online helps; create online helps using several leading online help-authoring tools such as RoboHELP and AuthorIT; and write their own online helps for a software product.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Prerequisites: Strong computer and writing skills. Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 5/13/2014
 
ETWR 2375 - Communicating Data and Statistical Information (3-3-0)
This course is designed to teach technical communicators to communicate data and statistical information clearly and effectively through words, tables, and graphs. This course emphasizes the proper design and placement of tables and graphs; methods for converting information between different forms; and for dynamically linking data contained in electronic databases and spreadsheets. A knowledge of statistics is not required.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: G Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 3/5/2014
 
ETWR 2377 - Advanced Business Communication (3-3-0)
Theory and skills necessary to effective written, oral and electronic communication in the modern business environment.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: P Prerequisites: Prerequisites for students in the Accounting ATC program: ENGL 1302 or equivalent course, basic computer skills and Accounting department chair approval. Prerequisites for all others: ENGL 2311 or equivalent course and basic computer skills. Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 1/14/2014
 
ETWR 2379 - Editing Government, Business and Technical Information (3-3-0)
Instruction and practice in proofreading, copyediting, and substantive editing skills necessary to ensure high-quality, readable, usable, well-designed documents in business, government, and industry. Gives students a working understanding of the role of the technical editor as collaborator and decision maker in the entire publication process. Topics include online editing, revising, hypertext, graphics, visual design, and project estimating.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 2471 - Technical Publications with Adobe InDesign (4-4-0)
Workshop-style course in which students use Adobe InDesign to practice the structure and design of user documents; create fully "automated" book-length technical documents complete with automated tables of contents, indexes, table and figure numbers, and cross-references; and learn other InDesign features for rapid updating. Emphasis on teamwork and the project title in addition to organization, format, and style of printed technical documents.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 2472 - Technical Publications with Adobe FrameMaker (4-4-0)
Workshop-style course in which students use Adobe FrameMaker to practice the structure and design of user documents; create fully "automated" book-length technical documents complete with automated tables of contents, indexes, table and figure numbers, and cross-references; and learn other FrameMaker features for rapid updating. Emphasis on teamwork and the project title in addition to organization, format, and style of printed technical documents.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 2473 - XHTML and CSS for Information Specialists (4-4-0)
Workshop-style course in which students study the concept of hypertext; learn structuring principles and navigation tools common in online information; create web pages using XHTML and CSS; get an introduction to web-page development tools such as Dreamweaver; and overview documentation trends such as structured authoring, single-sourcing, and XML.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 2476 - Technical Publications with MS Word (4-4-0)
In this workshop-style course, students practice structuring, designing, and writing book-length documents (books, reports, or both) using the automation and productivity features in Microsoft Word. In addition to composing clear readable text and practicing good document design, students create customized character and paragraph styles, templates, automated tables of contents, indexes, cross-references, table and figure numbers, and other numbering streams.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/27/2014
 
ETWR 2477 - Documentation Process and Content Management (4-4-0)
Working in teams and using unformatted text, students take a documentation project from competitive proposal straight through to completion, moving through important phases such as team building, initial proposal, documentation plan, scheduling, prototypes, style guide, drafts, edits, peer reviews, revisions, and final deliverables. Dividing into typical roles such as coordinator, writers, editors, and graphics specialists, team use content-management and document-control software to track and manage their projects.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 2/28/2014
 
ETWR 2478 - XML and Structured Authoring for Information Specialists (4-4-0)
Introduces XML and related technologies focusing on their application in business, government, and technical communications. In addition to an overview of the raw materials needed to create and transform XML (DTDs, schemas, XSL and CSS stylesheets), the course introduces students to industry-standard solutions such as DocBook, DITA and the related tools, both commercial and open source. Students learn to create and validate XML documents and to transform them into a variety of output formats (HTML, CHM, PDF, RTF, MIF). Students also learn the origins and evolution of SGML and XML and how to evaluate the appropriateness of an XML-based solution for various situations they might encounter as professionals.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Prerequisites: Knowledge of HTML; strong computer and Internet skills. Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 1/14/2014
 
ETWR 2479 - Collaborative Wikis for Information Development (4-4-0)
Practice developing information collaboratively in a wiki application in a controlled, organized fashion. Individually, each student will learn how to install and set up a wiki (such as MediaWiki, which drives Wikipedia); handle basic administrative tasks for the wiki; learn how to create and format wiki pages; link to other wiki pages; comment or even edit others' wiki pages; use the discussion feature to discuss pages with others; and use the history and watch features to document and monitor changes to wiki pages. Although MediaWiki may be the featured wiki application, this course can be changed to feature or include other applications such as Drupal or Joomla, depending on students' preferences. This course features a group information-development project.
 
Student Accident Insurance Fee: $1.00 

Skills: E Prerequisites: Good computer skills, strong Internet familiarity. Course Type: W
* Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date. Last Updated: 1/14/2014