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The electronic Graduate Certificate Program in Technical Writing and Communication requires 15 hours of coursework, with at least 12 hours in technical writing. Nine hours must be in 500-level technical writing courses; the remaining hours maybe in 400/500-level technical writing courses and a related course in another field, subject to approval by the program coordinator.

560: Seminar in Technical Writing. 0-3-3 (6). Preq. ENGL 303 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. Selected reading and research topics in technical writing theory and practice, repeatable once for credit with different instructor and/or course content.

561/461: Technical Writing for Publication. 0-3-3. Preq. ENGL 303. Writing articles for scientific and technical journals, with emphasis on audience analysis and appropriate style. (G)

562/462: Technical Editing. 0-3-3. Preq. ENGL 303. The work of an editor, including editing a text, planning projects, and working with authors, illustrators, and production workers. (G)

564/464: Occupational Technical Writing. 0-3-3. Preq., ENGL 303. Preparing the technical writer to plan and conduct training sessions within the organization and to supervise others engaged in writing tasks. (G)

565/465: Specification, Bid, Grant, and Proposal Writing. 0-3-3. Preq. ENGL 303. Writing specifications, bids, grants, and proposals; emphasis on audience analysis, organization, and writing style. (G)

568/468: Readings in Scientific and Technical Communications. 0-3-3. Preq. ENGL 303. Study of the current material written about technical communication, with reading and critical analysis of various technological journals (G).

569/469: Graphics in Technical Writing. 0-3-3. Preq. ENGL 303. Theory and practice of illustrating texts, with emphasis on electronic media to integrate nonverbal and written materials. (G)

To complete the 15 hours required by the certificate, a student has several options.

Substitutions require consultation with and approval of the Coordinator of Technical Writing.