Technical and Scientific Communication

Institute of Technical and Scientific Communication

TSC 210. Introduction to Technical and Scientific  Communication. 3 credits.

Introduction to the practice of central components of technical writing, including the technical summary, definition, mechanism description, process or procedure description and proposal. Examines the process involved in planning, researching, writing and revising technical documents attuned to specific audiences and directed by clearly defined purposes.

TSC 220. Technical and Scientific Communication for  Non-Native Speakers of English, 3 credits.

Introduction to central components of technical communication, such as the technical summary, definition, mechanism description, process or procedure description, proposal and manual. Emphasizes common problems confronted by technical communicators who are not native speakers of English, including macro and micro organization, style, paragraphing, grammar, usage, punctuation and idiomatic language.

TSC 230. Bibliographic Research in Technical and Scientific Communication. 3 credits.

Introduction to research methodology in technical and scientific communication, covering techniques for collecting information or data through primary and secondary research. Emphasizes extended bibliographic research through projects that employ conventional bound and electronic texts, including CD-ROM and Internet. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

TSC 240. Technical and Scientific Editing. 3 credits.

Introduction to the central responsibilities of editors when  guiding a document through the editorial process, including establishing the need, purpose and scope of a document; developing  levels-of-edit; copyediting; conducting substantive edits;  determining document design; editing graphic aids; collaborating with authors; and proofreading.

TSC 250. Ethical and Legal Issues in Technical and Scientific Communication. 3 credits.

Study of the ethical and legal issues confronted by technical communicators in a range of fields. Examines the role of ethics in the field, the nexus of ethics and the law, ethical theories and critical thinking in moral reasoning, falsification of information or data, ownership of information, confidentiality, copyright and trademark laws, conflicts of interest and causes of unethical behavior. Prerequisite: TSC 210, TSC 220 or permission of the instructor.

TSC 310. Rhetorical Analysis. 3 credits.

Study of how writers and editors in technical and scientific communication structure the semantics and syntax of language to achieve  rhetorical objectives. Examines methods for applying principles of effective rhetoric to the design and writing of documents in the field.  Emphasizes extensive textual analysis of rhetorical models and work-world documents. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, and TSC 230, or permission of the instructor.

TSC 350. Science and Technology in Literature.  3 credits.

Exploration of the ongoing dialogue between science, technology and literature through the reading of literary responses to the effects of such technologies and resulting social phenomena as machine production, urbanization, quantum mechanics, computerization, genetic engineering and the alienation of the worker. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, and TSC 230 or permission of the instructor.

TSC 360. Instructional Design and Training. 3 credits.

Study of workplace training programs within technical and scientific fields. Addresses audience analysis and adaptation; client relations; oral presentation skills; training techniques and tools; integration of visual aids; and evaluation techniques. Emphasizes both online and in-person training materials. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, and TSC 230.

TSC 410. Government Writing. 3 credits.

Study of writing genres from a variety of fields within government. Examines the purposes, audiences and formats unique to government publications. Directs students in writing original and editing existing government documents. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230, TSC 240, or permission of the instructor.

TSC 420. Legal Writing. 3 credits.

Study of central components of legal writing—such as legal analysis, representation of facts and evidence, reasoning, logic and argumentation. Addresses such key rhetorical elements of legal documents as clarity and conciseness of style, coherent and unified organization, level of diction, jargon, passive voice and errors in person. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230 and TSC 240, or permission of the instructor.

TSC 430. Medical Writing. 3 credits.

Study of the theory and practice of writing about technical and  scientific information in medical and health science fields.  Examines the role of the medical writer in medical and health care professions, the ethical issues involved in medical writing and writing clear and concise documentation. Emphasizes writing about medical practices for nontechnical audiences such as patients and their families. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230 and TSC 240, or permission of the instructor.

TSC 440. Proposal Writing. 3 credits.

Study of the planning and writing of proposals with emphasis on research and planning proposals. Covers proposal strategies that address central components of a successful proposal, including the executive summary, purpose and scope, problem definition, need, methodology, project feasibility, facility requirements, personnel qualifications, cost and proposal presentation. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230 and TSC 240, or permission of the instructor.

TSC 450. Computer User Documentation. 3 credits.

Study of theory and practice on computer documentation for end users. Emphasizes documentation design and production, online documentation, usability testing and writing of user’s guide for actual computer software. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230 and TSC 240, or permission of the instructor.

TSC 460. Beginning Topics in Electronic and Online  Publication. 3 credits.

Beginning study and creation of electronic and online publications, including World Wide Web pages and online help. Emphasizes principles in designing, coding, and using current authoring tools and programs. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230 and TSC 240. Approval of the director required.

TSC 461. Intermediate Topics in Electronic and Online Publication. 3 credits.

Intermediate study of electronic and online publications, building upon the skills and knowledge gained in TSC 460. Prerequisite: TSC 460 or approval of the director.

TSC 462. Advanced Topics in Electronic and Online Publication. 3 credits.

Advanced study of electronic and online publications. Emphasizes advanced design and writing techniques using current materials and skills; engages students in comparisons of current industry-standard tools. Prerequisite: TSC 461 or approval of the director.

TSC 480. Special Topics in Technical and Scientific  Communication. 3 credits.

Advanced writing and research course designed to give students experience in writing technical and scientific documents in a variety of technical communication genres, including government writing, medical writing, legal writing and proposal writing. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230 and TSC 240, may be repeated when content changes. Approval of the department head required.

TSC 481. Beginning Web Theory and Design. 3 credits.

Beginning study of Web theory and hypertext theory and Web design theory. Emphasizes design principles for online technical publications. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220, TSC 230 and TSC 240. Approval of the director required.

TSC 482. Advanced Web Theory and Design. 3 credits.

Advanced study of Web theory and design. Emphasizes theories of evaluation, revision, maintaining, and sustaining Web sites; negotiating single-source documentation of a technical document; and learning the advantages and disadvantages of various technological  tools technical communicators use on the job. Prerequisite: TSC 481 or approval of the director.

TSC 490. Advanced Independent Study in Technical and Scientific Communication. 3 credits.

Individualized projects in technical, scientific or professional communication. Available only to junior or senior majors. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220; TSC 230, TSC 240 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated when course content changes. Approval of department head required.

TSC 495. Internship in Technical and Scientific Communication. 3 credits.

Work-world experience within industry, government or the university in technical or scientific communication. Designed to allow students to incorporate field experience with TSC course work through internships in government, business, industry or education where they can observe communication processes and apply effective written, interpersonal and public communication skills. Prerequisites: TSC 210 or TSC 220; TSC 230, TSC 240 and permission of the instructor. Should be taken in senior year and cannot be repeated.

 



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