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Academic and Workplace Genres

Students will be asked to choose and research particular social situations, analyze texts produced in the contexts of these situations, and present the results of these explorations in written assignments and oral presentations. Students will be asked to go through drafting and peer review and revision processes while working on the course assignments. In-class time will be provided for peer review sessions.

Artemeva, Natasha. Carleton University (2003). Academic>Courses>Genre


Advanced Content Development for the WWW   (PowerPoint)

Advanced Content Development for the World Wide Web is a course for people who wish to explore concepts of content development and management in greater depth than is usually possible in an introductory course. This course is designed to give you a chance to analyze and experience creating effective content for the web.

Hart-Davidson, William. Michigan State University (2003). Academic>Courses>Content Management


Advanced Interactive Multimedia

A website from an undergraduate course on designing complex interactive multmedia for technical communicators.

Sauer, Geoffrey. University of Washington-Seattle (2002). Academic>Courses>Undergraduate


Advanced Professional Writing

This course is designed for undergraduates and graduates interested in the professional writing and publishing of both print based and electronic documents. Through a variety of projects, we will cover advanced theories of document design, web-based publishing, educational media, information delivery, and multimedia production. The course is designed so that students will have opportunities to work on both electronic and print based projects.

Bay, Jennifer. Purdue University (2003). Academic>Courses>Writing>Business Communication


Advanced Technical Communication

English 497 offers you the opportunity to enhance your skills in planning, inventing, organizing, drafting, revising, and editing technical prose. Most students will develop these skills as they complete a single large project consisting of several parts--perhaps including a technical report and articles written for professional and popular journals. We will emphasize the importance of and strategies for accommodating your presentation to your audience. We will also devote much attention to editing technical prose, yours and your classmates'. Finally, we will recognize that the Web has altered the way that professionals communicate. You will learn to take advantage of the new electronic resources in discovering information and communicating it to others.

Harwood, John T. Pennsylvania State University (1997). Academic>Courses>Undergraduate


Audience Analysis and the Rhetoric of User-Centered Design

This online course packet, along with the texts and lectures, should provide all the information you need for completing RHE 330C/TLC 331. It includes conventional information, such as a syllabus and course schedule, as well as links to articles and examples. See the navigation bar above for more information.

Spinuzzi, Clay. University of Texas (2004). Academic>Courses>Undergraduate


Book Layout, PDF Creation, Preparing Documents for Press

This is a 10 hour, 5 week course taught one-on-one or in a small group (2-5 people) that is an introduction to the Adobe InDesign application. In the course we will cover the fundamentals of designing rich documents, including books, pamphlets, and posters.

Newman, Rob. University of California San Diego (2004). Academic>Courses>Document Design>Printing


Business Writing

ENGL 420 teaches students the rhetorical principles and writing practices necessary for producing effective business letters, memos, reports, and collaborative projects in professional contexts. The curriculum is informed by current research in rhetoric and professional writing and is guided by the needs of business, industry, and society at large, as well as by the needs of Purdue students and programs.

Clark, Tracy. Purdue University (2003). Academic>Courses>Writing>Business Communication


Business Writing

This course provides an introduction to business writing, which includes business reports, memos, and letters; this course is particularly appropriate for students in business and related areas, although it is open to students from any major. The course requires critical thinking, problem solving, attention to detail, ingenuity, and a significant commitment of time to complete the writing assignments.

Clark, Dave. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2003). Academic>Courses>Writing>Business Communication


Business Writing

This course is designed for students who expect to write in their future employment. Successful employees know how to communicate clearly and effectively, changing writing style and content for varying audiences and purposes. This class will focus on the difficult task of meeting readers' needs while simultaneously representing your best interests and those of your employer. To meet that end, the assignments will cover a variety of tasks produced under different circumstances, some done quickly during class and some polished and perfected over time. Students completing the semester's work should see a visible improvement in their writing, especially in terms of clarity and precision.

Roy, Debopriyo. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005). Academic>Courses>Writing>Business Communication


Business Writing

English 420 teaches students the rhetorical principles and writing practices necessary for producing effective business letters, memos, reports, and collaborative projects in professional contexts. The curriculum is informed by current research in rhetoric and professional writing and is guided by the needs and practices of business, industry, and society at large, as well as by the expectations of Purdue students and programs. All sections of English 420 are offered in networked computer classrooms to ensure that students taking the course are prepared for the writing environment of the 21st-century workplace. The course teaches the rhetorical principles that help students shape their business writing ethically, for multiple audiences, in a variety of professional situations.

Bay, Jennifer. Purdue University (2006). Academic>Courses>Business Communication>Writing


CE 333T: Engineering Communication

The principle objective of this course is to prepare you for all the communication activities you will engage in as a professional engineer, including various forms of writing, speaking, illustrating, collaborating, and presenting. Since an important part of engineering work is to disseminate the results of research and data collection, the course focuses on reports and presentations. But we also try to duplicate many of the conditions of the workplace, where you will often work with cross-functional teams on collaborative projects and where you will often be communicating to people who are NOT engineers.

Hart, Hillary. University of Texas (2009). Academic>Courses>TC>Engineering


CE 389C: Advanced Engineering Communication

This course offers engineering graduate students the opportunity to accomplish the following: communicate effectively with a variety of audiences; communicate effectively in several media: written, oral, visual; manage the process of collecting, synthesizing, and presenting data and information; manage the process of writing and publishing scholarly work; produce a portion of their thesis or dissertation or a complete scholarly paper.

Hart, Hillary. University of Texas (2007). Academic>Courses>TC>Engineering


Computer Foundations for Instructional Multimedia

In this class you will learn the tools and design elements of multimedia for producing instruction on CD-ROM and the Internet.

Bisson, Mimi. San Francisco State University (2004). Academic>Courses>Instructional Design>Multimedia


Computers and Composition

Writing always has included technical components. In fact, writing itself can be considered a technology. Relatively recent developments in computers and digital media, however, have reshaped our understandings of relationships between technology and writing. This course will explore the cultural, institutional, professional, and pedagogical implications of such shifts. Our explorations will draw upon theories of technology as well discussions from the field of computers and composition.

Turnley, Melinda. DePaul University (2007). Academic>Courses>Writing>Technology


Computers and Writing

The goal of this course is to foster a sophisticated understanding of rhetorical situation, style and arrangement. Writing for the electronic medium with its specific demands should reveal by contrast material aspects of the practice of conventionalwriting that may have been taken for granted. Technologies encourage certain kinds of thinking and behavior and discourage others. Writing has always been one such technology. The World Wide Web is not the introduction of, but a shift in, technology. Students will analyze, conceptualize and create websites with HTML and graphics without the use of WYSIWYG helpers. WYSIWYG programs can make website development easy; however, we will stay close to the actual code in order to get a better understanding of the medium.

Levy, Matthew A. University of Texas. Academic>Courses>Computers and Writing>Web Design


Courses for Technical Editors in Australia

I don't know of any tertiary-level courses in Australia specifically for technical editors, although there are several programs for general editors or journalists. I'll add information to this page as I find it.

Technical Editors Eyrie. Academic>Courses>Technical Editing>Australia


Critical Internet Studies

The Internet has become an immensely pervasive and powerful form of communication, one that despite its quick rise has yet to reach most of the world's population. This class is a survey that will trace the Internet's history, reception, audience, industries, rhetorics, fictional and filmic narratives, and potential as a purveyor and transmitter of culture and values. We will focus on the intersections between Internet and old media culture, popular culture, and critical theories of identity.

Nakamura, Lisa. University of Wisconsin (2005). Academic>Courses>Communication


Designing Universally Accessible WWW Resources for People with Disabilities

This course is designed for web content developers to learn about the disability access issues faced by people with disabilities in using the web and how web resources can be designed to improve accessibility. The course provides a foundation on how people with disabilities access information on the web using mainstream browsers and specialized assistive technologies like speech renderings. Participants will learn about the two main standards for web accessibility, the W3C Web Content Accessibility Standards and the Section 508 requirements for web materials. The strengths and weaknesses of different evaluation and repair tools will be presented to help participants understand how to use the available tools to evaluate and repair their web resources. Participants will learn about common HTML accessibility problems, and HTML and CSS techniques that can be used to improve accessibility. Captioning of multimedia materials is also covered for Microsoft Media Player, Real Player and Quicktime, and the accessibility of non-W3C technologies like PDF and Flash will also be discussed.

University of Illinois (2002). Academic>Courses>Accessibility>Web Design


Developing Online Content

This is the class website for English 4814: Developing Online Content, taught by Quinn Warnick at Virginia Tech in spring 2014.

Warnick, Quinn. QuinnWarnick.com (2014). Academic>Courses>Web Design


Digital Literacy

This course will investigate how the digital challenges our perceptions of what we have come to call literacy (and thus, composition). Is literacy a relevant term for digital production, or do we need a new term to describe the process of acquiring and producing knowledge?

Rice, Jeff. Wayne State University (2005). Academic>Courses>Literacy>Online


Digital Rhetorics and Writing

The class English 396D: Digital Rhetorics and Writing covers contemporary digital writing practices and rhetorical theories about those practices. This space is a metasite intended to aggregate class content.

Bay, Jennifer. Purdue University (2008). Academic>Courses>Writing>Online


Diversity in US Workplace Communication

This course will increase your understanding of the ways in which traditional communication pattern in the workplace enrich or diminish us and empower or marginalize women, older workers, workers with disabilities, racial and ethnic groups and other minorities, and labor.

Locker, Kitty O. Ohio State University, The. Academic>Courses>Discrimination>Workplace


Document Engineering and Information Architecture

This course introduces the discipline of Document Engineering: specifying, designing, and deploying electronic documents and information repositories that enable document-centric or information-intensive applications. These applications include web services, information supply chains, single-source publishing, composite applications/virtual enterprises/portals, and so on. Course topics include developing requirements, analyzing existing documents and information sources, conceptual modeling, identifying reusable semantic components, modeling business processes and user interactions, applying patterns to make models more robust, representing models using XML schemas, and using XML models to implement and drive applications. The syllabus contains over 20 short case study examples from different industries, with special emphasis on business-to-business, healthcare and medical informatics, and e-government.

Glushko, Robert J. University of California Berkeley (2008). Academic>Courses>Document Design>Information Design


Electronic Documents and Publications

English 413 presents principles of Web-based document design, creation, layout, editing, and posting to the Internet and on corporate intranets.

Jablonski, Jeffrey. UNLV. Academic>Courses>Undergraduate>Technical Writing



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