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. ü Get full course and schedule information at www.gotobcc.com/ce/techcomm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Find out more at www.gotobcc.com/ce/techcomm Register by phone at (425) 564-2263 BCC reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or online at www.gotobcc.com marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. Please visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/equal.asp 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. 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