This is a foundational course designed to introduce students to technical writing fundamentals and the technical writing career field. Topics include what technical writing is and how technical writing differs from other types of writing, technical writing best practices, and the career opportunities in the technical writing field.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
Introduction to Technical Writing
- Identify characteristics of writing at work and of successful workplace communicators.
- Identify qualities of good technical writing.
- Distinguish between the research goals of technical writing and academic writing.
Ensuring Quality in Technical Writing
- Demonstrate how to address audience in technical writing.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of good writing.
- Identify best practices for writing business correspondence.
Technical Writing – Research and Ethics
- Demonstrate understanding of ethical and legal considerations.
- Explain how intellectual property and proprietary information relates to technical writing.
- Apply appropriate research methods in technical writing.
Style and Technical Writing
- Apply best practices for readability in technical writing.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of good document design.
Technical Writing Career Research and Preparation
- Examine the preparation for technical writing careers.
- Demonstrate best practices in technical writing.
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While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. More information about eligibility requirements, policies, and procedures can be found in the catalog.
Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.