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Technical Communications

Area:

Business & Computer Science

Dean:

Dr. Derrick Booth

Phone:

(916) 484-8361

Technical Communications Degree

This is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to prepare students for employment as professional writers and communicators in a variety of media intended to instruct and inform audiences. The degree program includes substantial course work in writing, information design, editing, page design, online help development, web site creation, and the use of industry standard applications.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Career Opportunities

Technical communicators may be employed in a variety of occupations in government, scientific firms, nonprofits, natural resources, finance, education, and high tech.

Requirements for Degree     36.5 Units
BUS 100     English for the Professional    3
CISA 305     Beginning Word Processing    2
CISW 300     Web Publishing    3
JOUR 300     Newswriting and Reporting.    3
TECCOM 300     Introduction to Technical/Professional Communication    3
TECCOM 310     Technical/Professional Communication: Writing Reports    3
TECCOM 320     Technical/Professional Communication: Proposal Writing    3
TECCOM 330     Technical/Professional Communication: Writing Technical Manuals    3
TECCOM 340     Technical/Professional Communication: Developing Help Systems    1.5
And a minimum of 12 units from the following:    12
ARTNM 328    Beginning Digital Photo Imagery  (3)
ARTNM 330     Intermediate Digital Photo Imagery (3)
ARTNM 352     Design for Publication (3)
CISA 331     Intermediate Desktop Publishing (2)
CISW 310     Advanced Web Publishing (4)
CISW 321     Web Site Development using Dreamweaver (3)   
CISW 400     Client-side Web Scripting (4)   
CISW 410     Middleware Web Scripting (4)   
ENGWR 301     College Composition and Literature (3)

Associate Degree Requirements

The Technical Communications Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.


Technical Communications Certificate

The Technical Communications certificate offers an interdisciplinary program of courses in writing, Art/New Media, and Computer Information Systems to prepare students for a variety of technical writing and professional communication careers. The certificate includes the theory, writing skills, design background, and computer applications knowledge needed for jobs in technical communication.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Career Opportunities

Technical communicators find employment in medical, scientific, high tech, business, university, and government settings. They may write white papers, tutorials, reference and procedure manuals, help systems, user assistance video scripts, grants and proposals, and more.

See http://www.losrios.edu/gainful-emp-info/arc/001232-23.1303-011222C01/gedt-001232-23.1303.htm for Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Requirements for Certificate     21.5-22.5 Units
ARTNM 352     Design for Publication (3)    3- 4
or CISA 330     Desktop Publishing (2)
and CISA 331     Intermediate Desktop Publishing (2)
CISA 305     Beginning Word Processing    2
CISW 300     Web Publishing    3
TECCOM 300     Introduction to Technical/Professional Communication    3
TECCOM 330     Technical/Professional Communication: Writing Technical Manuals    3
TECCOM 340     Technical/Professional Communication: Developing Help Systems    1.5
And a minimum of 6 units from the following:    6
BUS 100     English for the Professional (3)   
CISW 321     Web Site Development using Dreamweaver (3)   
CISW 400     Client-side Web Scripting (4)   
CISW 410     Middleware Web Scripting (4)   
TECCOM 310     Technical/Professional Communication: Writing Reports (3)   
TECCOM 320     Technical/Professional Communication: Proposal Writing (3)