UC San Diego Extension’s Professional Certificate in Technical Communication will prepare you for an entry-level position by providing you with the most up-to-date knowledge. The program is designed and taught by technical communication professionals working in the field and can be completed entirely online.
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The program can be completed online in 18-24 months. Tuition is $295-$595 per course. The courses are asynchronous but not self-paced; you will be required to keep up with weekly assignments. The average student spends three hours online and six hours offline per course each week. Please preview our e-learning system at http://ucsdextension.blackboard.com.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
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All 17 units required
This is a practical, hands-on technical writing course for beginning to intermediate technical communicators. We will cover a broad range of topics, including audience analysis, usability considerations, electronic forms of communication, page layout, and ethical issues facing technical communicators. You will complete a final project, one that is worthy of showing current or prospective employers.
Learn the tools and techniques of technical editing and practice marking indisputable errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and usage in technical documentation. Edit technical writing using MS Word and Adobe Acrobat (Reader or Professional), learn to communicate with authors and editors, and practice writing queries and creating style sheets. Get a perspective on the field. Whether new or seasoned, students completing this course are equipped to use and implement technical editing skills and tools in a variety of work situations.
This course explores how decisions made before the writing process begins can have unexpected ramifications. Students will examine their thinking processes--how they use reason to solve problems, form opinions, and make decisions--in order to improve them. They will practice identifying key questions and assumptions, assessing interpretations and conclusions, and applying criteria and standards to analysis. The course will be taught through lectures, discussions, and technical writing exercises and projects.
Professionals who produce technical communications--whether they are technical writers, web and graphic designers, trainers, or engineers--can benefit from knowledge of information design. In broad terms, information design is the integration of words and pictures to help readers meet their goals for using the communication piece. We will study how to use clear writing, analysis of the audience's needs, legibility of typography, design of spatial cues, and the interplay of words and pictures to create documents, printed or electronic, that readers understand and respond to aesthetically and emotionally.
As more print publications and manuals go online, it's vital to understand the similarities and differences between writing for print and writing for online delivery. Explore theories and practices for creating online documentation and learn how to structure and write material to be viewed online. This includes information and project design, differences between print and online delivery, and selecting the appropriate format and media. You will have ample opportunity to practice writing for online delivery and to work with some of the tools used for this purpose. We will write a variety of online documentation, which may include HTML, PDF, and online help.
This capstone course draws on the knowledge and skills you acquired in the core courses. You will work on one big project the entire quarter, which will involve project estimating and scheduling, project management, information gathering, audience analysis, writing, editing, and more. There will be lectures and assignments to deepen your understanding of critical concepts as well as discussions of workplace issues and portfolio review. Have an idea for a portfolio-worthy project for the first week.
7 units required
Technical communicators use a variety of tools to create and present information. We will review and discuss such tools as word processors, text editors, HTML editors, desktop publishing software, and graphics programs. You will develop an analytical approach for selecting the right tools for various types of projects and will apply what you learn to a writing project.
An introduction to Adobe Photoshop, the imaging software application used by professional graphic artists to create and modify images for use in print and web media. This graphic design training course includes topics about working with the tools and user interface, working with selections, retouching, correcting, and enhancing photographs, layer basics, masking, compositing, preparing files for the web, and more. Students learn through hands-on practice and a series of creative projects.
How can you keep your technical communication project on track when the goal is always changing? Let an experienced project manager teach you how to tame your wild project. Learn to do document needs analysis, productivity metrics, project estimation (cost and timeline), and progress tracking and reporting. Get hands-on practice on a course project (a cost and timeline estimate) you will create from a set of starting requirements. For your convenience, homework assignments will build toward the course project, and you can do the coursework online at any time of day.
Gain the hands-on experience needed to visually communicate a wide range of technical information in print and digital media. The course moves beyond the basics of information architecture to study the strategies used in layout and design. You will learn how to integrate design into the technical document planning process, and create documents for readability and usability. You will determine the best artifacts (charts, graphs, images, animation, etc.) to visually express a variety of technical ideas. The course also explores the basics of online design.
In this course you will take a diagnostic test to determine basic strengths and weaknesses in your knowledge of grammar and usage. You will complete 10-20 exercises online each week which are electronically scored to give you immediate feedback. Also, you will complete several challenging assessments. Topics covered include parts of speech, clauses, phrases, verb tenses, punctuation, and mechanics. The instructor will provide structured lessons and feedback, but you will have the option to spend more time on topics you need to review and less on those already mastered.
Copyediting I, II, III and Grammar Lab are offered every quarter. Please check the Enrollment Available Online date on the Extension Calendar to find out the next date that classes will publish to the web.
This course provides future graphic designers, artists, and illustrators with an overview of computer technology and its role in the production of graphic designs. Students begin by learning file management and page layout and how they relate to visual communication. This course prepares students for advancement in various fields of digital technology, graphic design, digital arts, and digital design. A must for beginners, this is the first recommended prerequisite course for the specialized certificate in Graphic Design.
Learn the industry-standard professional vector drawing program Adobe Illustrator. In this graphic design training course, students will gain practical experience with Illustrator's precision drawing and transformation tools for creating and editing Bézier curves, color, gradients, gradient mesh, patterns, transparency, type, layers, and more. Through a series of creative projects students will gain experience in using Illustrator to produce art for both print and web design.
Gain a strong understanding of user interface design. This graphic and web design training course covers references, user experience (UX), and usability principles. Topics include psychological and interaction principles, requirements analysis, designing for different screens (web, TVs and mobile devices), design standards, style guides, techniques and visual design principles. Gain the perspective to give consumers a high quality design experience. It is a great time to be an interactive designer.
The success of a presentation depends on capturing and holding the attention of busy people. Learn effective techniques for planning and delivering oral presentations. Topics range from analyzing purpose and audience to delivering the message to facilitating productive discussions. Get the expertise you need to create a high quality presentation while you practice and implement key strategies and techniques.
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You must have native-level fluency with English and must write clear, logical, and grammatically correct sentences. You will need a computer, a high-speed internet connection, MS Word, PowerPoint, and proficiency with all of the above. Students should be prepared to send and receive email regularly, navigate the web, and manage files on a computer.
Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program.
Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.
Current UCSD students may be considered for admission depending on their academic and career focus and educational performance.
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