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Technical Writing: Definitions, Instructions and Process Descriptions COMM 1009

Communication Part-time Studies Course

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. ​


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of COMM 1009 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 33979


Wed Sep 14 - Wed Nov 30 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 33979
  • $517.93
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 14 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Sep 14 - Nov 30 Wed N/A Online
Sep 28 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Oct 12 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Nov 09 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Nov 30 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYCHRONOUS ONLINE DELIVERY: This is not a self-paced course. This course uses a blend of synchronous and asynchronous online delivery. Course content, type and quality of assignments, and general standards for this online course are the same as the face-to-face course. On the start date of your class (not before), log into to access your course link. COURSE TEXTBOOK: This course uses the same textbook as COMM 1007. You may purchase it through the BCIT Bookstore website at . Note: BCIT is not responsible for textbooks or eBooks purchased from unaffiliated vendors and cannot offer technical or other assistance with textbooks or eBooks purchased.

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.

Effective as of Fall 2014

Related Programs

Technical Writing: Definitions, Instructions and Process Descriptions (COMM 1009) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Technical Writing
    Associate Certificate Part-time


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