College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Technical Communication Specialization
Demand for Technical Communication specialists, particularly technical writers and editors who have expertise in the online environment, is expected to grow 18% between 2008 and 2018 1, faster than average for all professions. A bachelor's degree in Communications from DeVry University with a specialization in Technical Communication can prepare you to enter this rapidly expanding Technical Communication field. Whether for the general marketplace or in tech-oriented fields like software publishing, computer systems design, technical consulting, and engineering ,you'll learn to translate complex and technical information into easily understandable language for publication, broadcast or the Internet.
Prepare for a career in Technical Communication by choosing this specialization when you earn your bachelor's degree in Communications from DeVry University. Upon graduation, you'll know how to prepare complex material like reports, operating and maintenance manuals, catalogs, parts lists, assembly instructions, sales promotion materials, and project proposals.
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Technical Communication Courses
The Communications degree program with a specialization in Technical Communication may include these career-focused courses:
- Perspectives on Technology - This course presents an overview of characteristics that help define, analyze, and communicate about technology. Tools and techniques are introduced to facilitate recognition of technology's processes and methods, as well as its organization, management, and development.
- Marketing and Corporate Communications - Addressing current communication issues in business, such as globalization, cross-cultural influences, technological advances, ethics, and regulatory requirements, this course guides students as they apply rhetorical strategies and composition principles to create marketing literature, investor communications, media releases, and executive presentations.
- Proposal and Grant Writing - In this course, students explore procurement processes in industry and government, as well as grant funding in the nonprofit and government sectors, with particular emphasis on the technical writer's role in these processes. In addition to issues of ethics and fairness, topics include types of contracts used; how companies and other organizations prepare bids and proposals; and how proposals and grant requests are reviewed.
- Web Design - In this course that focuses on user-centered design, appropriate use of design elements, and applying information design theories, students learn to use a variety of software products and apply their skills to designing and presenting a web page.
- Scientific and Medical Writing - Addressing communication and information design in healthcare, science, public policy, patient education, scientific journalism, and related fields, this course prepares students to create a range of documents presenting their analysis of data and other information on medical and scientific issues for actual or simulated clients.
1 Source: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos319.htm