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COMM 1040 - Technical Documentation Graphics

Communication Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course introduces students to the principles of technical illustration that makes documents effective and attractive and teaches methods for producing vector and bitmap drawings used in technical documentation. Class time is spent working on assignments using Corel Graphics software. 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 requirement.


Before taking this course, students must have completed their technical elective (COMP 1850 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2369). Students must also have one of the following English requirements, as well as intermediate word processing skills in the latest version of MS Word for Windows: Students must have one of the following: 1) English 12 "67%" (C+) or equivalent (refer to BCIT's Admission page); 2) COMM 0015 score of 70 or better.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to create drawings for technical documents using vector and bitmap drawing programs. Specific competencies include:

Vector Drawings

  • Use CorelDRAW
  • Set up a vector drawing workspace and templates
  • Create drawings using creating objects on layers
  • Create new drawings by tracing
  • Draw with lines and shapes, and arranged objects
  • Draw with text and fills
  • Employ text and graphic styles

Bitmap Drawings

  • Use Corel PHOTO-PAINT
  • Understand image size and resolution
  • Create drawings using masks and objects
  • Modify bitmaps and their colour
  • Apply gradient blends
  • Apply digital photography to technical illustration
  • Acquire and clean up bitmaps

Combined Drawings

  • Create drawings that combine vectors and bitmaps
  • Create layout with graphical balance
  • Understand file types for export
  • Place drawings in other programs

Related Programs

COMM 1040 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Technical Writing
    Part-time   Associate Certificate


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