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.
- Essentials of Tech Communication Custom (print version)*, 4th Ed.
Tebeaux, Elizabeth and Dragga, Sam
*If you purchase a print version from the CSU bookstore, a custom e-book code will be included. If you prefer to purchase an e-book (eISBN-13: 978-0190856212), your instructor will provide a link to the additional custom chapter for CSU.
Darrell Blair is an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University. He received his undergraduate degree at CSU, reported and wrote professionally for 10 years, served as the general manager for the University of Colorado student newspaper The Mirror while working on his master’s degree, and completed all of the coursework for his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee.