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This is a practical, hands-on technical writing course for all currently practicing or would-be technical communicators wishing to get a firmer grasp on this extremely broad and quickly evolving industry and develop some of the core competencies required in the profession, today. We will cover a broad range of topics, including the life-cycle communication process for project management; ethical issues facing technical communicators; organizational and genre-appropriate design; plain language and global audience guidelines for today’s technical writers and editors; basic principles of visual communication; and usability and content management techniques for both print and digital media. Additionally, you will complete a final project – one that involves a real-world product or service – that is worthy of inclusion in your professional portfolio and appropriate for showing current or prospective employers.   
 

Note: Prerequisites: Fluent in English and ability to write clear, logical, and grammatically correct sentences and familiarity with MS Word and PowerPoint. Please read the program and computer requirements at extension.ucsd.edu/writing and at extension.ucsd.edu/online before enrolling, and buy the textbooks before class begins.

Course Number: WCWP-40151
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Technical Communication