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Courses & Current Schedule

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/techcomm/tccourses.html

Meeting times are provided as US Central time.

Spring 2017

Eng #
Course Title
Meeting Info
Instructor
271W
Technical Communication 
(4 credits)
8 on-campus sections
 
271W
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
0 online sections
 
272W
Business Communication
(4 credits)
MW, 12:00 to 1:45 pm, WH 118 
Ms. Prinna Boudreau
4/569
Project Management
(4 credits)
M, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online 
Dr. Heidi Everett
4/571
Visual Technical Communication
(4 credits)
Registration by permission only; preference will be given to 100% online learners
T, :00 to 8:30 pm, online 
 Dr Dawn Armfield
4/572
Topics in Tech Comm: Emerging Technologies & Technical Communication
(4 credits)
M, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online 
 Dr Dawn Armfield
4/573
Desktop Publishing
(4 credits)
T, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, WH 118, and
8:00 to 9:45 pm, NH 202
4/574
Writing and Researching Technical Reports
(4 credits)
W, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
Dr Abigail Bakke
4/575
Editing Technical Publications
(4 credits)
W, 6:00 to 9:45 pm, WH 118
4/577
Technical Documentation, Policies, and Procedures
(4 credits)
Registration by permission only; preference will be given to 100% online learners
M, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
679
Rhetorical Theory Applied to Technical Documents
(3 credits)
T, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
680
Proposals
(3 credits)
W, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online 
696
Capstone Course
(3 credits)
H, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online  

Summer 2017 schedule

Eng #
Course Title
Meeting Info
Instructor
271W-01
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
online
 Staff
271W-02

Technical Communication
(4 credits)

online
Staff
271W-03
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
online
Staff
271W-04
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
online
Staff
4/572-01
Topics: Prototyping and Technical Communication
(2 credits)
T 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online
Summer Session 1
Armfield 
4/572-02
Topics: Technical Communiation & Renewable Energy
(2 credits)
W 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online
Summer Session 1
Tesdell 
4/572-03
Topics:
(2 credits)
online
 
674-01
Topics: History of Technical Communication 
(2 credits)
M 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online
Summer Session 2
Tesdell 
674-02
Topics: 
(2 credits)
online
 
674-03
Topics:
(2 credits)
online
 

Tentative Fall 2017 schedule

Eng #
Course Title
Meeting Info
Instructor
271W
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
8 on-campus sections
staff 
271W

Technical Communication
(4 credits)
Registration by permission only; preference will be given to 100% online learners

2 online sections
staff 
272W
Business Communication
(4 credits)
MW 2:00 - 3:45 PM
staff 
4/566
Usability
(4 credits)
M 7:00 - 8:00 PM online
Armfield 
4/571
Visual Technical Communication
(4 credits)
TH 8:00 - 9:45 AM, WH 118 
Armfield 
4/573
Desktop Publishing
(4 credits)
M 6:00 - 9:45 PM, WH 118 and NH 202  Nord
4/574
Researching & Writing Technical Reports
(4 credits)
M 7:00 - 8:30 PM online
staff 
4/575
Editing Technical Publications
(4 credits)
Registration by permission only; preference will be given to 100% online learners
W 7:00 - 8:30 PM online
Nord 
4/577
Technical Documentation, Policies, and Procedures
(4 credits)
 T 6:00 - 9:45 PM, WH 118  Tesdell
673
Research & Theory of Tech Comm
(3 credits)
W 7:00 - 8:30 PM online
 staff
675
Technical Communication for STEM Professionals
(3 credits)
W 7:00 - 8:30 PM online
Tesdell 
676
Instructional Design
(3 credits)
 T 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online
Armfield 
696
Capstone Course
(3 credits)
H 7:00 - 8:30 online  Nord

Tentative Spring 2018 schedule

Eng #
Course Title
Meeting Info
Instructor
271W
Technical Communication 
(4 credits)
8 on-campus sections
staff 
271W
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
2 online sections
 staff
272W
Business Communication
(4 credits)
   staff
4/569
Project Management
(4 credits)
TH 12:00 - 1:45 PM Westerman
4/571
Visual Technical Communication
(4 credits)
Registration by permission only; preference will be given to 100% online learners
W 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online  Armfield
4/574
Researching and Writing Technical Reports
(4 credits)
 TH 2:00 - 3:45 PM, WH 118  staff
4/575
Editing Technical Publications
(4 credits)
 W 6:00 - 9:45 PM, WH 118  Nord
4/577
Technical Documentation, Policies, and Procedures
(4 credits)
Registration by permission only; preference will be given to 100% online learners
T 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online  Tesdell
4/567
International Technical Communication
(4 credits)
M 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online  Tesdell
674
Topics in Technical Communication
(3 credits)
W 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online  Bakke
678
Technical & Scientific Literature
(3 credits)
M 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online Nord
679
Rhetorical Theory Applied to Technical Documents
(3 credits)
T 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online  Bakke
681
User Experience
(3 credits)
 M 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online  Armfield
696
Capstone Course
(3 credits)
T 7:00 - 8:30 PM, online  staff

Tentative Summer 2018 schedule

Eng #
Course Title
Meeting Info
Instructor
271W-01
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
online
 Staff
271W-02

Technical Communication
(4 credits)

online
Staff
271W-03
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
online
Staff
271W-04
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
online
Staff
4/572-01
Topics:
(2 credits)
online
 
4/572-02
Topics:
(2 credits)
online
4/572-03
Topics:
(2 credits)
online
 
674-01
Topics:
(2 credits)
online
 
674-02
Topics:
(2 credits)
online
 
674-03
Topics:
(2 credits)
online
 

 

Tenative Fall 2018

Eng #
Course Title
Meeting Info
Instructor
271W
Technical Communication
(4 credits)
9 on-campus sections
 
271W-05

Technical Communication
(4 credits)

H, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
272W
Business Communication
(4 credits)
MW, 12:00 to 1:45 pm
 
4/562
Document Design
(4 credits)
MW, 2:00 to 3:45 pm, WH 118
 
4/566
Usability
(4 credits)
T, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
 
4/572
Topics: Writing in the Health Professions
(4 credits)
TH, 2:00 to 3:45 pm, WH 118
 
4/574W
Researching and Writing Technical Reports
(4 credits)
M, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
 
4/575
Editing Technical Publications
(4 credits)
Registration by permission only; preference will be given to 100% online learners
W, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
 
4/577
Technical Documentation, Policies, & Procedures
(4 credits)
M, 6:00 to 9:45 pm, WH 118
 
673
Research & Theory of Tech Comm
(3 credits)
M, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
 
676
Instructional Design
(3 credits)
T, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
 
678
Tech and Scientific Prose
(3 credits)
H, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, online
 



List of Technical Communication courses

Courses are listed sequentially by number:

  • 200-level courses are sophomore-level courses
  • 400-level courses are upper-division, undergraduate courses
  • 500-level courses are graduate courses
  • 600-level courses are graduate seminars

Introductory (200-level) courses

271: Technical Communication (4) 
Introduction to learning the written and oral communication of technical information. Assignments include writing and presenting proposals, reports, and documentation. Emphasis on use of rhetorical analysis, computer applications, collaborative writing, and usability testing to complete technical communication tasks in the workplace.
 

272: Business Communication (4) 
Introduction to business communication. Assignments include writing and presenting proposals, reports, and documentation typical to a business/industry setting. Emphasis on use of rhetorical analysis, software applications, collaboration, and usability testing to complete business communication tasks.
 

Undergraduate (400-level) courses

462: Document Design (4)
Addresses theories of design and teaches students design strategies in typography, graphics, tables, color, and information architecture that will subsequently be applied to documents.  

466: Usability (4) 
Introduces students to theories of usability and teaches students various methods to evaluate design for usability including heuristic evaluations, card-sorting, task-based evaluations, and fieldwork.
Pre: ENG 271W or ENG 272W
 

467: International Technical Communication (1-4) 
Students learn how to research and write technical information for multiple cultures, both locally and internationally.
 

469: Project Management in Technical Communication (4) 
This course is designed to introduce students to technical project management. This introduction is achieved through participation in a simulated project management experience. Assignments include standard documentation associated with project management and reflective writing.
 

471: Visual Technical Communication (4) 
This course provides analysis and training focused on concepts and practices of visual design as they relate to technical and professional communication.
 

472: Topics in Technical Communication (1-4) 
Overview of technical communication theory with emphasis on contemporary approaches. Hands-on workshop which implements the theories discussed. May be repeated with different subject matter.
 

473: Desktop Publishing (4) 
Brief history of publishing and typography, conventions of desktop publishing, and hardware and software application tools for desktop publishing. Students need not have prior experience with DTP, but some word processing and microcomputer experience will be helpful.
 

474: Researching & Writing Technical Reports (4) 
Practice in writing various types of reports for a variety of purposes and audiences. Includes primary and secondary research methods, and data analysis of information to be used in reports.
 

475: Editing Technical Publications (4) 
Editing the content, organization, format, style, and mechanics of documents, managing the production cycle of documents, and discovering and learning microcomputer and software applications for technical editing tasks.
 

476: Online Documentation (4) 
This course serves as an introduction to the conventions and strategies for publishing online documentation and for managing online documentation projects. Topics will include 1) analyzing users and tasks; 2) designing and writing documents to be published online; 3) testing on-line documents; and 4) managing online documentation projects.
 

477: Technical Documentation, Policies, & Procedures (4) 
Creating both on-line and print documentation for products, with emphasis on computer software and hardware documentation for users. Attention also to policies and procedures as written for a range of uses (e.g., employee handbooks, manufacturing processes, usability testing).
 

478: Technical & Scientific Lit (4) 
Reading and analysis of stories, novels, poems, essays, and nonfiction accounts that deal with scientific and technological topics. Focus on the role of technology in communication forms and tools.
 

479: Rhetorical Theory Applied to Technical Documents (4) 
Overview of prominent rhetorical theories, from classical to contemporary, which are applicable to technical communication. Practical application and implications of the theories emphasized. Additional attention given to current issues such as risk communication and ethics.
 

480: Proposals (4) 
Practice in the development and production of proposals, focusing on the researching, writing, and management of proposals by technical communicators.
 

498: Internship (1-6) 
Students gain experience in technical communication by working on site for corporations, institutions, or nonprofit organizations performing technical communication duties. 
Internship forms and FAQ
 

Graduate Courses

562: Document Design (4)
Addresses theories of design and teaches students design strategies in typography, graphics, tables, color, and information architecture that will subsequently be applied to documents.
 

566: Usability (4) 
Introduces students to theories of usability and teaches students various methods to evaluate design for usability including heuristic evaluations, card-sorting, task-based evaluations, and fieldwork.
 

567: International Technical Communication (1-4) 
Students learn how to research and write technical information for multiple cultures, both locally and internationally.
 

569: Project Management in Technical Communication (4) 
This course is designed to introduce students to technical project management. This introduction is achieved through participation in a simulated project management experience. Assignments include standard documentation associated with project management and reflective writing.
 

571: Visual Technical Communication (4) 
Analysis and training focused on concepts and practices of visual design as they relate to technical and professional communication.
 

572: Topics in Technical Communication (1-4) 
Topics in theory and practice of technical communication. Hands-on course which implements the theories discussed. May be repeated with different subject matter.
 

573: Desktop Publishing (4) 
Overview of publishing and typography, conventions of desktop publishing, and hardware and software application tools for desktop publishing. Students need not have prior experience with DTP, but some word processing and microcomputer experience will be helpful. Course will meet in both PC and Macintosh labs.
 

574: Researching & Writing Technical Reports (4) 
Practice in writing various types of reports for a variety of purposes and audiences. Includes study of primary and secondary research methods.
 

575: Editing Technical Publications (4) 
Editing the content, organization, format, style, and mechanics of documents; managing the production cycle of documents, and discovering and learning microcomputer and software applications for technical editing tasks.
 

576: Online Documentation (4) 
This course serves as an introduction to the conventions and strategies for publishing online documentation and for managing online documentation projects. Topics will include 1) analyzing users and tasks; 2) designing and writing documents to be published online; 3) testing on-line documents; and 4) managing online documentation projects.
 

577: Technical Documentation, Policies, & Procedures (4) 
Creating both on-line and hard copy documentation for products, with emphasis on computer software and hardware documentation for users. Attention also to policies and procedures as written for a range of uses, e.g. employee handbooks, manufacturing processes, and usability testing.
 

673: Research & Theory Technical Communication (3)
Seminar for students engaged in conducting a major research project in the technical communication field. Emphasizes theoretical approaches to research, development and implementation of the individual research project, and presentation and publication opportunities in professional writing.
 

674: Topics in Technical Communication (1-3) 
Topics relating to theory and practice of technical communication. May be repeated with different subject matter.
 

675: Technical Communication for STEM Professionals (3)
Technical communication course designed specifically for STEM industry professionals or students in PSM programs; emphasis on development of technical communication skills and expertise needed for business- and industry-specific documents and presentations for internal or external audiences.
 

676: Instructional Design for Technical Communicators (3) 
Examination of instructional design principles and models, including research in theory and practice of instructional design for technical communicators in academic and industry settings.
 

678: Technical & Scientific Prose (3) 
Analysis of fiction and literary nonfiction that treats technical and scientific themes.
 

679: Rhetorical Theory Applied to Technical Documents (3) 
Application of rhetorical theory to technical documents, including examination of how workplace cultures shape writing assumptions and approaches.
 

680: Proposals (3) 
Theory and practice in the development and production of proposals, focusing on the researching, writing, and management of proposals by technical communicators.
 

681: User Experience (3)
User experience is a more holistic, contextualized approach to understanding an individual's encounter with technologies, systems, and documents. The course addresses theory, research findings, case studies, and methods for conducting user experience research.
 

694: Alternate Plan Paper (1-2) 
Independent capstone experience, focusing on secondary research sources; paper may have other guidelines specific to the program option.
 

696: Capstone Course in Technical Communication (3)
Capstone course in which students research and write an article-length document that may serve as the basis of a professional publication or presentation. All documents will go through a formal review process including peer review, SME review, and editorial review. Prerequisites include Research and Theory of Technical Communication (Eng 673) and at least 28 credits completed in the technical communication MA degree program.
 

698: Internship (3-4) 
On-site field experience, the nature of which is determined by the specific needs of the student's program option. 
Internship forms and FAQ
 

699: Thesis (3-4) 
Independent capstone experience, guidelines of which are determined by the requirements of a particular program option. See the College of Graduate Studies' thesis guidelines.