Program Overview

The technologies around us change rapidly and constantly, and the Technical Communication minor teaches students how to communicate about technology to a wide range of audiences, using print and online media. Students pursuing degrees in many areas (such as computer science, natural science, business, or liberal arts) may enhance their marketability due to the applied nature of the minor. Graduates will be able to apply principles of audience analysis to technical communication situations; analyze and create a website that effectively communicates with its audience; and apply technical communication skills to all of their writing.

The goal of the minor is to strengthen students' abilities to write about technology and to use technology to write. You will learn basic principles of editing, document design, and web design.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Transfer courses may be applicable to minor requirements. The university's degree audit system (DARS) will specify transfer courses that are directly equivalent to minor requirements; other transfer courses must be approved by the coordinator of the technical communication minor. For more information, send an email to techcomm@metrostate.edu.

Note: This minor is not available to Technical Communication and Professional Writing majors.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 17 total credits)

Technical Communication Minor Required Courses

Up to eight (8) credits may be transferred

  • WRIT 271 Technical Writing
    3 credits

    In this course, students create a variety of documents, including technical memos, manuals, proposals and reports. Emphasis is placed on document design, effective organization and readability. This course especially benefits managers or technical employees who need to communicate technical information to business or general audiences.

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  • WRIT 301 Professional and Technical Writing Careers
    2 credits

    Students learn about the skill set required to succeed professionally and how they might acquire these skills through coursework. They also learn about career opportunities for professional writers and technical communicators through presentations by guest speakers and readings. Students also begin to develop an online portfolio.

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  • WRIT 371 Editing
    4 credits

    This course covers editing principles and techniques. Topics include how readers use and comprehend texts, the editor's role in the publication process, the writer/editor relationship, and editing for organization, format, style, grammar, punctuation, usage, consistency and accuracy. Students edit a variety of texts, including technical documents and newsletter articles in print and online.

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  • WRIT 371 Editing
    4 credits

    This course covers editing principles and techniques. Topics include how readers use and comprehend texts, the editor's role in the publication process, the writer/editor relationship, and editing for organization, format, style, grammar, punctuation, usage, consistency and accuracy. Students edit a variety of texts, including technical documents and newsletter articles in print and online.

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  • WRIT 372 Document and Information Design I
    4 credits

    Methods and techniques of document and information design, including principles of graphic design, audience analysis, portfolio development, and use of professional software tools.

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  • WRIT 373 Writing and Designing for the Web I
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to the principles, processes, and techniques of front-end Web development. Students gain solid knowledge and practical skills in HTML, CSS, website genres, design patterns, Web writing, and usability. Students will analyze and build websites. Students must already possess basic satisfactory digital literacy, such as managing files and folders, and adding and removing programs.

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