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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

$537.26

Winter 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 70660

Wed Jan 08 - Wed Mar 25 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 08 - Mar 25 Wed 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Rm. 400

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$537.26

Notes

  1. 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 Downtown campus on these dates as scheduled: Wednesday, January 8, 15, February 5, March 4 and 25. 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.

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

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

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Technical Writing
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

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