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COMM 1009 - Technical Writing: Definitions, Instructions and Process Descriptions

Communication Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

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.

Prerequisite(s)

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.

Credits

3.0

Cost

$515.00

Fall 2014

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2014 term.

CRN 33979

Wed Sep 10 - Wed Nov 26 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 10 - Nov 26 Wed 18:00 - 21:00 BBY NE1 Rm. 325

Instructor

Matthew Rockall

Course Outline

Cost

$515.00

Notes

  1. This BLENDED course uses online learning approaches combined with five in-class sessions. REQUIREMENT: You must be able to attend the five in-person classes at the Burnaby campus on these dates as scheduled: Wednesdays, September 10 and 17, October 8 and 29, and November 26; 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.

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Learning Outcomes

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.

Related Programs

COMM 1009 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Technical Writing
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

Books & Supplies

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Fall 2014

Books for Fall 2014 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.

Technical Communication Custom Pkg
Author Lannon & Felder
Copyright 2013
Binding Packaged & Collated
ISBN 978-1-26936-271-9
Price $70.50
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