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Technical Communication Certificate

Writing Studies Department
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 8
  • Degree: Technical Communication Certificate
The certificate in technical communication provides students with proficiency in four areas of technical communication: written, oral, visual, and digital. Students take at least two required upper division courses and complete a capstone project as part of one of the courses. The courses are designed to teach students practical skills for communicating complex technical information to a variety of audiences and to complement their career plans.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Universal requirements: Complete a minimum of 8 credits at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus Complete all courses with a grade of C- or higher Produce a capstone project: The purpose of the capstone project is (1) to further develop and reflect on what you have learned through your certificate coursework and (2) to provide you with a tangible product that can be used for job applications and during interviews. The one-credit capstone project must be added on to WRIT 3562W or the WRIT elective that you take for the certificate. The capstone project will be evaluated by the instructor of the chosen WRIT course. If necessary to the project, an outside reader with subject matter expertise will be invited to also read and provide input. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria: how well the project is written, organized and designed; how well the project extends an existing assignment; how well the project illustrates communication principles such as style, clarity and design; how well the project demonstrates rhetorical components of audience, purpose, message and context; how well the project addresses insights into communication in the student's specific field (science, engineering, architecture, political science, etcetera). Consult the departmental advisor for further details.
Required Course
Take the following course for 4 credits.
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
Elective Course
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 3257 - Technical and Professional Presentations (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3577W - Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet [TS, WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3672W - Project Design and Development [WI] (3.0 cr)
or Students may substitute one of the following courses as an elective with prior approval from the WRIT departmental advisors.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 3441 - Editing, Critique, and Style (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3671 - Visual Rhetoric and Document Design (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4431W - Science, Technology, and the Law [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4501 - Usability and Human Factors in Technical Communication (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4573W - Writing Proposals and Grant Management [WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4662W - Writing With Digital Technologies [WI] (3.0 cr)
Capstone Project
Take WRIT 3291 as a 1-cr. 'add-on' to either of the certificate's required courses. The capstone project extends an assignment in the selected course to further explore an aspect of technical communication. The project must be developed in consultation with the instructor of the selected course, and all work must be completed within the same semester. Project formats include a paper, report, podcast, video, scientific poster, or electronic presentation. Consult dept. advisor for full details.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 1 credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 3291 - Technical Communication Certificate Capstone Project (1.0 cr)
 
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WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01235 - Writ 3562V/Writ 3562W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Written/oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing/practicing multiple genres. Draft, test, revise present findings in oral presentation. prereq: [Jr or sr or instr consent], [1301 or 1401 or equiv]
WRIT 3257 - Technical and Professional Presentations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Oral presentation skills for technical or professional topics. Visual communication, audience analysis, organizing presentation, presenting complex material. Emphasizes use of computers.
WRIT 3577W - Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet (TS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How persuasive communication is tailored to the Internet; how Internet technologies enable/limit persuasion; how to adapt rhetorical theory to 21st century digital writing; ethical issues, including free speech, copyright, fair use, privacy; rhetorics of social networks. prereq: Soph or jr or sr or instr consent
WRIT 3672W - Project Design and Development (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students study, plan, research, design, and develop technical communication print documents, including documentation, brochures, and newsletters. Workplace project processes. Develop production-quality documents. prereq: Jr or sr
WRIT 3441 - Editing, Critique, and Style
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01667
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Editing for style, correctness, and content. Grammar/punctuation, Copyediting/proofreading. Working with a writer to develop, organize, write, and polish a document. Editing technical/scientific information. Paper/electronic assignments. prereq: Soph or jr or sr
WRIT 3671 - Visual Rhetoric and Document Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Rhetorical principles applied to visual displays of information/data in print/online documents. Analyze/create examples of visual communication/design for selected documents combined with various writing strategies.
WRIT 4431W - Science, Technology, and the Law (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How issues in science and technology affect 21st century practice of law. Ownership, access, ethics, information, technology used to frame topics. Intellectual property, privacy, health law, research practice. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
WRIT 4501 - Usability and Human Factors in Technical Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/concepts of human factors/usability testing. Developing objectives, criteria, and measures. Conducting tests in lab, field, and virtual environments. Using software programs to analyze qualitative/quantitative data. prereq: [TWC or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in TC major, [jr or sr or grad student]] or instr consent
WRIT 4573W - Writing Proposals and Grant Management (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research funding sources. Interpreting RFP or program announcement. Letters of intent. Grant preparation, following guidelines of RFP or program announcement. Proposals for nonprofits or research/business.
WRIT 4662W - Writing With Digital Technologies (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
WRIT 4662W is an advanced level Writing Studies course that explores various digital writing technologies and provides multiple opportunities to assess writing situations and make appropriate decisions about digital form and production. Students will learn the basic building blocks of writing in Internet environments (text, sound, images, video) as well as the vocabularies, functionalities, and organizing structures of Web 2.0 environments, how these impact understanding and use of information, and how to produce these environments (i.e., multimedia internet documents) for interactivity and use. This course includes design projects and practice with apps, markup language, content management systems, video, and social media. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
WRIT 3291 - Technical Communication Certificate Capstone Project
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The capstone project is taken in conjunction with a concurrent WRIT course for the Technical Communication Certificate. The project extends an assignment in the selected WRIT course to further explore an aspect of technical communication. Students develop their project in consultation with the instructor of the selected course. Project formats include a paper, report, podcast, video, scientific poster, or electronic presentation. prereq: instr consent