Technical Communications Courses

200 Level Courses

TCHNCLCM 215. Technical Communication for Electrical and Computer Engineering
Prerequisite: Engineering 100, Corequisite: EECS 215. (1 credit)
Professional communication to the general public, managers and other professionals about electrical and computer engineering ideas. Functional, physical and visual/diagrammatic description. Report writing about circuits, signals and systems, including description and analysis. Job letters and resumes.

TCHNCLCM 281. Technical Communication for Computer Science and Engineering
Prerequisite: Engineering 100, Corequisite: EECS 281. (1 credit)
Introduction to professional communication for computer scientists and engineers. Communication to managers and programmers about data structures, algorithms and programs. Coding conventions and documentation. Functional and visual/diagrammatic descriptions. Letters of transmittal and reports on software systems. Job letters and resumes.

300 Level Courses

TCHNCLCM 300. Technical Communication for Electrical and Computer Science
Prerequisite: Engineering 100. (1 credit)
Professional communication to the general public, managers and other professionals about electrical and computer engineering ideas as presented in written reports and oral presentations. Functional, physical and visual/diagrammatic description; job letters and resumes.

TCHNCLCM 380. Technical Communication in IOE
Prerequisite: preceded or accompanied by IOE 366 and 373. (2 credits)
Successful professional and technical communication commands a wide range of skills, including critical inquiry, analysis and collaboration. Through regular practice, feedback, reflection and revision, this course examines technical communication principles and how to apply them in IOE environments. Specifically, the course emphasizes strategies for effective argumentation and persuasion as well as effective language use and style in written reports and oral presentations intended for IOE audiences.

400 Level Courses

TCHNCLCM 401. Special Topics Strategic Planning & Proposal Writing
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (4 credits)
Student teams provide expert consulting services to community service organizations. Team assignments include preparing an environmental scan, a strategic plan and a grant proposal. Special emphasis is given to oral communication, writing to effect organizational change, design and management of large documentation projects, major designs reviews and creative thinking.

TCHNCLCM 450. Web Page and Site Design
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (4 credits)
Practical skills and theoretical principles necessary to design effective WWW pages and sites, including HTML, tools for creating Web pages, graphics, scripting, animation, multimedia (practical skills) and information design, visual design and theoretical principles (theory). Design and analysis of Web sites.

TCHNCLCM 496. Advanced Technical Communication for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
Requisites: TC 300 Co-Requisites: Senior Design Course. (2 credits)
Development of advanced communication skills required of electrical and computer engineers and managers in industry, government and business. Design and writing of reports, proposals and memoranda on complex technical material for diverse organizational audiences. Preparation and delivery of organizational oral presentations and briefings.

TCHNCLCM 497. Advanced Technical Communication for Computer Science
Prerequisite: TechComm 300 Co-Requisites: Major Design Experience Course in Computer Science. (2 credits)
Advanced technical communication for computer science. Design and writing of user and task analysis, requirements documents, specifications, proposals, reports and documentation, all aimed at diverse organizational audiences. Preparation and delivery of final oral presentations and written project reports.

TCHNCLCM 498. Technical and Professional Writing for Industry, Government, and Business
Prerequisite: senior or graduate standing. (3 credits)
Development of the communication skills required of engineers and managers in industry, government and business. Focus on (1) the design and writing of reports and memoranda that address the needs of diverse organizational audiences and (2) the preparation and delivery of organizational oral presentations and briefings. Writing and speaking about design and research problems in terms that will satisfy both specialists and non-specialists. A series of short explanatory papers and speeches leading up to a final formal report and public lecture.

TCHNCLCM 499. Scientific and Technical Communication
Prerequisite: permission of Technical Communication faculty. (elective credit only)
Conferences and tutorial sessions that provide opportunities for students with special interests to work on a tutorial basis with a member of the Technical Communication faculty. Not intended as substitutes for regularly scheduled courses. Conference and signed contract required with an instructor about the proposed study before enrollment possible. (Directed Study contract forms and additional information are available from the Technical Communication office.)

500 Level Courses

TCHNCLCM  575. Directed Study
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (to be arranged)
Conferences and tutorial sessions for students with special interests. May be taken for 1-4 credit hours as arranged by the instructor.

600 Level Courses

TCHNCLCM  610. Dissertation, Dissertation Proposal, and Thesis Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. (3 credits)
Intended for American and foreign students writing their dissertations, dissertation proposals or theses. Writing guidelines and their scientific base for problem definition and literature review; argument structures for the discussion of problems criteria, methodology, results, and conclusions; selection and ordering of information; editing visual aids; and special grammatical problems.

TCHNCLCM  675. Directed Study
Prerequisite: graduate standing, permission of instructor. (to be arranged)
Conferences and tutorial sessions for students with special interests. May be taken for 1-4 credit hours as arranged by the instructor.