This course introduces students to three types of technical writing found singly or in combination in most, if not all, technical documentation: definitions, instructions and process descriptions. NOTE: Students do not need to submit transcripts for entrance to this course. BUT, in the case of formal or informal grade appeals or reviews they will be asked to show proof of their English requirements. (3.0 Credits)
This BLENDED course uses online learning approaches combined with five in-class sessions. NOTE: You must be able to attend the five in-person classes at the Burnaby campus on these dates as scheduled: Tuesdays, January 7 and 21, February 4 and 25, and March 25; no exceptions. The remaining classes are online classes, but they are NOT self-paced: you will have exercises, discussions, team work, and readings to complete each week as scheduled (although you do not have to be online at a particular time of day). Weekly participation, whether online or in-person, is essential to succeed in this course. For the online classes, you must have an e-mail address, internet access, and access to a computer capable of downloading documents and visiting websites. BCIT's online learning environment "D2L" also has browser requirements.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Use management strategies to organize and categorize information.
Use graphics in different types of technical documentation.
Write and use formal, operational and expanded definitions.
Conduct audience, user, task and topic analyses to support effective documentation.
Use appropriate diction and tone for technical documentation based on audience assessment.
Write process descriptions and procedures for different discourse communities.
Use visual presentation techniques effectively in presentations for a given audience and to a time limit.
Engage in text-based online discussion forums to convey complex ideas on various technical writing topics.
Remotely engage with team-members to develop product documentation projects.
Communicate collaboratively as an effective member of a team while preparing written or oral group projects.
COMM 1009 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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