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					                 Technical Communication                                    Certificate Program Overviews

                    Technical Writing & Communication                                                 Technical & Professional Editing                                                                                                General Electives
                   Certificate requires a total of 90 course hours                            Certificate requires a total of 90 course hours                                                               (for all three certificate programs)

required Courses                                                            required Courses                                                                 Authoring Help                                                                             15 hours
        Fundamentals of Technical Writing                        15 hours         Professional Editing I                          15 hours                   Creating Process Documentation                                                            7½ hours
                                                                                  Professional Editing II                         15 hours
eleCtives
                                                                                                                                                             Fundamentals of Science and Medical Writing
                                                                                                                                                             How to Be a Top-Notch Facilitator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        15 hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         4 hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Technical Communication
45 hours total from below
        C# for Technical Writers                                 15 hours
                                                                            eleCtives
                                                                            45 hours total from below
                                                                                                                                                             Introduction to Instructional Design                                                       12 hours                                        Certificate Programs
        Cascading Style Sheets- Level 1                          15 hours                                                                                    Introduction to Science and Medical Writing                                                 6 hours
                                                                                  Developmental Editing                           15 hours
                                                                                                                                                             Introduction to SDK Writing                                                                 6 hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Small class size. Personalized attention.
        Crafting Marcom Writing                                  15 hours         Fundamentals of Technical Writing               15 hours                                                                                                                                                                       Practical instruction.
        Creating Effective Indexes                               15 hours                                                                                    Introduction to Technical Report Writing                                                    3 hours
                                                                                  Professional Proofreading                        6 hours
        Framemaker- Intro                                         8 hours                                                                                    Key Trends in Software User Assistance                                                     15 hours
                                                                                  Substantive Editing                             15 hours
        Fundamentals of Document Design                          15 hours                                                                                    Managing Communications Styles                                                              3 hours
                                                                                  Web Content Design for Writers and Editors      15 hours
        Making Sense with Numbers                                 6 hours                                                                                    Managing Small Projects                                                                     6 hours
                                                                                  Writing White Papers                            15 hours
        Professional Editing I                                   15 hours                                                                                    Press Kits 101                                                                              6 hours
        Project Management for Technical Writers                 15 hours                                                                                    Punctuation Webinar: On Your Mark                                                           1 hours
        Usability Workshop                                        9 hours                                                                                    E-Learning 101                                                                              3 hours
                                                                                                                           Information Design
        Web Content Design                                       15 hours                     Certificate requires a total of 90 course hours                Successful Internet Research Strategies                                                     3 hours
        Writing Style Guides                                      6 hours                                                                                    Word Styles and Templates for Technical Writers                                             6 hours
                                                                            required Courses
        Writing White Papers                                     15 hours                                                                                    Writing and Editing for the Web                                                             6 hours
                                                                                  Fundamentals of Document Design                 15 hours
                                                                                                                                                             Writing for the Non-Profit Sector                                                           6 hours
                                                                                  Usability Workshop                               9 hours

                                                                            eleCtives                                                                 Participants may also design a customized certificate program in a
                                                                            45 hours total from below                                                 specialized track, such as Science Writer or Programmer/Writer, through
                                                                                  Cascading Style Sheets – Level 1                15 hours            the program advisor.
                                                                                  Composition & Typography                        16 hours            NOTE: Please see the Technical Communication website for a current,
for mor e inform Ation:
                                                                                  Design Principles                               16 hours            comprehensive list of electives.
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                                                                                  Visual Thinking                                 12 hours
ü Attend a free Technical Communication Certificate information session.
  Call (425) 564-2263 for dates                                                   Web Content Design for Writers and Editors      15 hours
                                                                                  Web Graphics with Photoshop                      8 hours      At tend A free informAtion session
ü Questions about the program? Contact Gloria Campbell at (425) 564-2943                                                                        Meet with the program advisor for an overview of the
  or gcampbel@bcc.ctc.edu                                                         Designing Effective Web Sites                    8 hours      three programs, basic requirements, job opportunities,                                                                                     www.gotobcc.com/ce/techcomm
                                                                                                                                                and the courses that best meet your career goals.



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teChniCAl CommuniCAtion Core Courses                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Technical Communication
C# for Technical Writers                                                                                               FrameMaker - Intro                                                                                                   Substantive Editing                                                                                                                             Certificate Program Overview
What is computer code? What is an SDK? This course teaches introductory C# programming for technical                   This course utilizes the basic methodologies of FrameMaker to create and format paragraphs, text, and master         Advanced editing course. The Substantive Editor reads a manuscript from the point of view of the intended
writers or editors working in the field of developer documentation. Learn basic programming skills, as well            pages. Learn how to control page flow, create and modify formats, create page layouts within the master page,        audience. Learn to evaluate sentences and paragraphs to convey the intended meaning; analyze voice, tone,                                     Register by phone at (425) 564-2263
as the concepts and vocabulary needed to communicate with software developers and write developer                      create sequential and bulleted lists, modify the document view, and perform basic editing features such as           tense, style, and procedural logic; and determine factual consistency. Prerequisites: Editing I and II and basic                                      or online at www.gotobcc.com
documentation. No prerequisite.                                                                                        spellcheck and find/change. Prerequisites: Familiarity with Mac or Windows folder and file management.               familiarity with MS Word and Internet Explorer.

Cascading Style Sheets - Level 1                                                                                       Fundamentals of Document Design                                                                                      Usability Workshop
Create your website using the preferred method for formatting Web pages. Students learn correct style sheet            Learn how to apply basic design concepts and typography to page design and layout for print documentation.           Learn how to create varied types of documentation that are effective for the users. Explore usability issues for
syntax; how to effectively use external, embedded, and inline style sheets; and how different browser versions         Examine the importance of Word style sheets, how to create them, and how to modify existing sheets. Strong           print documents, websites, and help systems. Practice applying usability testing principles through in-class
interpret style rules. Other skills include creating style rules to modify text and layout, and enhance the look and   Word skills required. Experience with InDesign or other page layout software required.                               exercises and assigned homework.
feel of the page. Prerequisite: XHTML Levels 1 and 2.
                                                                                                                       Fundamentals of Technical Writing                                                                                    Visual Thinking
Composition & Typography                                                                                               Designed for both entry-level and experienced writers, this practical, hands-on course provides an introduction      Visual language is a powerful tool that magnifies the thought processes of both writer and reader. Print
Starting with a basic history and analysis of various typefaces, you will learn the visual principles of this common   to technical writing. Learn the critical elements of audience, project design, language, use of graphics, editing,   communication is enhanced through the design of visual elements that convey information. This workshop will
but complex graphic language. Exercises include using weight, scale, and layout to create organization and             and problem solving. Working in groups, students gain practice and performance feedback in real-life technical       help you define the visual components of document design, including content objectives, viewer psychology,
meaning; and combining type with image in original compositions. Compositions will be arranged and “pasted             writing exercises.                                                                                                   graphic composition, color theory, and stylization of type and imagery.
up” by hand. Computer experimentation is encouraged, but not necessary for the class.
                                                                                                                       Making Sense with Numbers                                                                                            Web Content Design for Writers and Editors
Crafting Marcom Writing                                                                                                Whether you create reports and presentations with numbers, or just want a better understanding of them,              To organize and shape content for delivery on the Web, writers and editors need key information and specialized
Learn to craft effective marketing materials in this hands-on course. Explore what should and shouldn’t be             this workshop will sharpen your skills. Learn the best methods to gather, organize, summarize, and interpret         skills. Explore the roles of writer and editor on a Web team and learn how to resolve common Web style issues.
included in various types of marketing communication, and practice writing sales letters and press releases.           data—and recognize and avoid common pitfalls.                                                                        You’ll write and edit both in-class exercises and a take-home assignment. You should be familiar with and have
By the end of the course, you’ll have multiple portfolio pieces to show to prospective clients.                                                                                                                                             access to the Internet.
                                                                                                                       Professional Editing I
Creating Effective Indexes                                                                                             Producing clearly written materials that are free from errors is a big challenge. The editor has to know current     Web Graphics with Photoshop
An index is a tool for tracking information, concepts, and ideas. This course explores what indexing is, and how       usage, spot layout inconsistencies, and improve text without stepping on the author’s ego. Learn the latest          This intermediate Photoshop class focuses on creating and optimizing Web graphics and file formats. Create
it fits into the technical communication field. Through examples and in-class exercises, you will learn how to         standards for capitalization, punctuation, and general grammar usage; how to edit at the right level; and how        effective Web images geared to the file formats, file sizes, and color. Understand techniques used to mock-up
interpret and evaluate indexes, write index entries, compile index entries, and edit a finished index for inclusion    to produce finished copy.                                                                                            a website. Learn primary Photoshop tools using layers, principles of effective design, as well as issues related
in your portfolio or use in your business.                                                                                                                                                                                                  to procuring and using existing clip art and photographs. Prerequisite: Photoshop Level 1.
                                                                                                                       Professional Editing II
Design Principles                                                                                                      Being an effective editor requires more than language skills—it demands sound editorial judgment. Learn              Writing Style Guides
All forms of visual art are based on the elements and principles of design. Students create two-dimensional            how to think like an editor, choose the appropriate level of edit, make style decisions, collaborate with writers,   Technical editing requires careful attention to all details, and the editor needs to develop a style guide that
abstract compositions using the elements of line, shape, value, and color. With a new visual vocabulary, learn         manage workflow, and make tradeoffs to meet deadlines. Prerequisites: Professional Proofreading and Editing I        ensures accuracy and consistency of content and format. This workshop will show you how to develop a style
to analyze work in terms of visual balance, movement, emphasis, unity, and variety. The class includes lectures,       or experience in the field.                                                                                          guide that makes your editing tasks easier and more professional.
demonstrations, and studio exercises, and will provide you with the tools to create compositions in any medium.
                                                                                                                       Professional Proofreading                                                                                            Writing White Papers                                                                                                       learn your skills from technical
Designing Effective Websites                                                                                           Careful proofreading can prevent embarrassing, costly mistakes. In this workshop, you will learn proofreading        Advanced course. Writing a white paper requires a combination of technical knowledge, marketing savvy,                     communication professionals.
This course provides the principles needed to create a great website. You will apply the basics of user interface      strategies; standard proofreading marks; and review the rules of grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization,     sensitivity to audience, ability to relate with subject matter experts, and writing skills. In this course, you’ll learn
design and usability to your Web pages; effectively plan and design a user-focused website; outline the site           and numbers.                                                                                                         to identify the purpose, the readers, and how a white paper is different from other forms of technical writing.            ü Curriculum provides work-relevant skills
content, structure and navigation; design the look and feel of your site; plan a usability test; and find a domain                                                                                                                          Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Technical Writing or experience with technical writing.
name and hosting service. Come to class with an idea for a website you wish to create; leave class with a detailed     Project Management for Technical Writers                                                                                                                                                                                                          in demand by employers today
plan for your site. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of the Web and browsers.                                             Acquire tools and techniques to effectively manage technical communication projects. Learn to see the “big
                                                                                                                       picture” and break it into manageable pieces by gauging time accurately, tracking paperwork, developing process                                                                                                                                 ü Hands-on courses taught by professional writers
Developmental Editing                                                                                                  flow, forming and working with teams, and avoiding potential pitfalls. Apply these tools on a class-developed
Advanced course. The developmental, or Level III, edit focuses on the structure and organization of a document.        project that can be added to your portfolio.                                                                                                                                                                                                    ü Small class size and personalized attention
You will learn to identify and eliminate redundancy, make transitions, and maximize the effectiveness of tone.
Students must have a basic familiarity with Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer. Prerequisite: Substantive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ü Start any time you like—complete at your own pace
Editing and Professional Editing I and II.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For complete cour se and                                                                   The BCC Technical Communication Programs are practical, interactive, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          schedule inFormation go to:                                                                  above all, directly transferable to the workplace. Designed with the working
                                                                                                                       Register by phone at (425) 564-2263                                                                                                                                                                                                             professional in mind, our flexible schedule allows you to complete the
                                                                                                                       or online at www.gotobcc.com                                                                                                                www.gotobcc.com/ce/techcomm                                                                         program at your own pace, taking as few as one or two classes a week.

				
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