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COMM 1007 - Technical Writing Style

Communication Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

This communication course familiarizes students with the principles of clear, concise writing in a technical environment for specific discourse communities. Students write and edit extensively in this course and are given extensive feedback on their style and tone. 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); 2) COMM 0015 score of 70 or better.

Credits

1.5

Cost

$327.78

Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 33975

Thu Sep 09 - Thu Oct 14 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Oct 14 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Online

Instructor

Holly Munn

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$327.78

Notes

  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. SYNCHRONOUS ONLINE CLASSES: This is not a self-paced course. You will be expected to be available and online on the posted days and times shown on your registration schedule. 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 learn.bcit.ca to access your course link. COURSE TEXTBOOK: There is a required textbook for this course. You may purchase it through the BCIT Bookstore website at https://www.bcit.ca/bookstore/e-books/ . 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.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of discourse communities in technical communications.
  • Define the terms "style" and "tone."
  • Explain how style and tone affect communication in a technical environment.
  • List common attributes of effective technical style.
  • Use appropriate diction for a specific discourse community.
  • Write concise, well structured sentences suitable for technical documentation.
  • Write coherent, unified and complete paragraphs suitable for technical documentation.
  • Structure a technical document appropriately for its intended purpose.
  • Participate in the technical documentation process including interviewing, outlining, writing, revising and editing.
  • Evaluate technical documents for appropriate style, tone and fitness of purpose.

Effective as of Fall 2008

Related Programs

COMM 1007 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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