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TCID 671 Technical Communication Practice and Applied Theory

Technical Communication focuses on creating and reshaping content to make it usable and accessible to the people who need this content to achieve their goals. The course combines a survey of scholarship in the field of technical communication with practice in creating various types of goal-oriented, often task-based, content. Students learn how to use research tools to gather information on technical topics and from subject matter experts.

Special information

Prerequisite: Graduate status. Note: Formerly known as WRIT 671. 18 Credit Credentialing Pathways
4 Graduate credits

Effective August 15, 2022 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Create technical communication in a variety of genres, such as end-user documentation, technical descriptions, instructions, and processes and procedures.
  • Locate, evaluate, and use technical communication scholarship to understand how theory and practice impact each other.
  • Gather primary information about a technical topic using techniques such as interview, survey, questionnaire, and observation.
  • Understand the role of technical communication in advancing social justice through the creation and dissemination of usable and accessible information.
  • Describe the primary theoretical influences on the field of technical communication.

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
21 Technical Communication Practice and Applied Theory Layne, Alexandra Marie Books Course details