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. Students who wish to confirm their English level are strongly advised to take COMM 0015.
Students must have one of the following: 1) English 12 "67%" (C+) or equivalent (refer to BCIT's Admission page); or 2) COMM 0015 score of 70 or better.
This BLENDED course uses online learning approaches combined with five in-class sessions. You must be able to attend the five in-person classes at the Burnaby campus on these dates as scheduled: Wednesday, January 7 and 14, 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.
Use appropriate diction and tone for technical documentation based on audience assessment.
Use a word processing software revision tool to engage in a remote peer-revision process cycle.
Write and use formal, operational and expanded definitions.
Write process descriptions and procedures for different discourse communities.
Communicate collaboratively as an effective member of a team while preparing written group projects.
Conduct audience, user, task and topic analyses to support effective documentation.
Remotely engage in a text-based online discussion forum with team-members to develop product documentation projects.
COMM 1009 is offered as a part of the following programs:
No information on books is currently available for Fall 2014 offerings of this course.
Books for Winter 2015 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT
online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering
you are considering.
BCIT Burnaby Bookstore
If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance
Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.
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