English Technical Communication (ETC)

ETC 200  Introduction to Technical Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Workshop in technical style emphasizing shorter forms of technical writing. Students are introduced to desktop capabilities--graphics, style, format, and layout. They will also apply appropriate software for completing work professionally. All work evolves through a flexible, recursive process. LAS Ethics; LAS Computer Literacy. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112.

ETC 224  Web Content and Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Students will learn the elements of effective writing for screen-based textual content in internet and intranet environments, using HTML and appropriate software to create both personal and professional Web sites to gain valuable hands-on experience. Introduces overview of context provider issues, including usability, intellectual property, security, access, database content language, writing and design. Same as JOU 224. Prerequisite(s): ENG 104.

ETC 316  Internship in Technical Communication     Credits: 2-6

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Practical application of technical and organizational communication skills in a professional setting; correlates academic preparation with supervision in a work experience (thirty clock hours of work for each hour of credit). May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and departmental approval.

ETC 326  Document Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A computer workshop course involving graphic design and production of attractive and effective advertisements, brochures, newsletters, and magazine spreads. The course will provide instruction in design software and computer peripherals such as electronic scanners and digital photography. LAS Computer Literacy.

ETC 328  Multimedia Authoring     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: An advanced class which outlines the history, principles and theories of multimedia. This course examines how elements of text, sound, video, animations and graphics work together to produce electronic products for the Web, CD/DVD and other distribution formats. Students learn appropriate multimedia software to create individual or small group multimedia projects. Same as JOU 328.

ETC 401  Senior Portfolio     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Workshop class for graduating seniors which includes resume and job search preparation in addition to compiling a passing graduation portfolio consisting of a resume, cover letter, and writings from majors courses. Required for the BA English/Technical Communication major. Same as JOU 401. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite(s): Must be completed during the semester of graduation, except for summer graduates, who must complete the course in the spring semester prior to graduation.

ETC 408  Technical Editing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Emphasis on the role of the editor in organizational settings, including creating successful writer/editor collaboration. Practice in editing documents for grammar, syntax, organization, style, emphasis, document design, graphics, and user-centered design. Introduction to technology for creating, publishing and distributing technical documents.

ETC 420  Technical Documentation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Workshop-oriented practice in producing and editing a variety of procedural documents as well as creation and management of multiple texts and texts from multiple authors. Discussion of the role of technical writers in adapting texts for discourse communities and of current issues in technical writing. Prerequisite(s): ETC 200.

ETC 421  Research and Practice in Technical Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: An interdisciplinary perspective applying cultural studies, ethnography, critical linguistics, stylistics, discourse analysis and media studies to technical and professional fields. Includes issues for writing for the global marketplace such as writing for translation and designing materials to comply with conventions and expectations of other cultures. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): ETC 200.

ETC 424  Writing for Digital Environments     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Study of communication assignments likely to be encountered by those creating documentation for access through a variety of digital platforms such as on-line Help, e-books, and mobile applications. Students will practice communication requiring careful on-the-job analysis, planning, preparation, writing and editing. Topics will include current issues such as computer-mediated communication, information design, usability, and single sourcing. LAS Writing; LAS Computer Literacy. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ETC 200.

ETC 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Declared English Technical Communication major, a minimum of 2.5 GPA in major field, and departmental approval.