Computer technology provides powerful tools for processing textual and graphic content for professional and technical communication. In daily professional life, written documents are used to inform, persuade, and report to others about key activities; both inside an organization and externally. However, beyond basic spelling and grammar checkers, the computer does not necessarily make the student a better writer. The purpose of this course is to improve the writing ability of students in their professional communication with others.
This course provides experience and feedback on writing effective and concise memos, emails, letters, reports, technical papers, and other written communications essential in any professional field. It also includes extensive information on using the Internet as a writing and research tool. After receiving instruction on writing style and document formatting, online students complete a series of writing projects that are critiqued and returned by the instructor.
IMPORTANT: JOURNALISM AND MEDIA COMMUNICATION MAJORS CANNOT USE THIS COURSE FOR DEGREE CREDIT.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Advanced Writing (Category 2) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Advanced Writing (GT-CO3).
This course can be applied toward:
CO 150 (College Composition) or HONR 193 (Honors Seminar).
JOURNALISM AND MEDIA COMMUNICATION MAJORS CANNOT USE THIS COURSE FOR DEGREE CREDIT.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Practical Strategies for Technical Communication, 3rd Ed. (2019)
Markel, M. & Selber, S.
NOTE: You are not required to purchase a hard copy of the textbook for this course. If you prefer to also have a hard copy, you can order one through the CSU Bookstore or another online retailer such as Amazon.
Kim Spencer is an instructor with CSU’s Department of Journalism and Technical Communication. She received both her B.A. (journalism) and M.A.(English) degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Kim’s professional experiences include stints as daily newspaper reporter, features writer, section editor, city editor, and company magazine editor. She specializes in reporting and editing, layout and design.
Jaye Powers has instructed online courses for the Department of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University since 2003. Jaye earned an M.S. in Technical Communication from Colorado State University in 2004. She has B.S./B.A. degrees in Electrical Engineering, Psychology, and Fine Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jaye has worked as an electrical engineer and a technical writer for many technology companies, including Bechtel, Texas Instruments, Hewlett-Packard, and Lockheed Martin.
Jack Kennedy has been teaching journalistic writing since 1976 and JTC 300 since 2011. His basic philosophy is that "writing is thinking made visible," and he likes to help students get their writing to match their thoughts. He has always thought of himself as primarily a writing teacher, whether working with AP Language students, journalism students, or soon-to-be engineers, nurses and firefighters.