JTC 300 - Strategic Writing and Communication (GT-CO3)

  • 3 credits
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JTC 300, Strategic Writing and Communication, satisfies CSU's All-University Advanced (AUCC) Writing requirement.

Learn how to communicate professionally in any career field to earn and succeed in your dream job.

Topics and Assignments Include:

  • Resume and cover letter
  • LinkedIn profile, personal branding, and networking
  • Writing emails for the workplace
  • Formal reports, proposals, and presentations
  • Document design
  • Research methods

The course formerly was named Professional and Technical Writing. The new name, Strategic Writing and Communication, reflects course updates to match the demands of traditional and online communication in a pandemic-impacted job market.

Complete the class on campus, or online during any semester.

JTC 300 students learn to be strategic thinkers, writers, designers, and presenters in any work environment.

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).


CO 150 (College Composition) or HONR 193 (Honors Seminar).

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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.


Jack Kennedy
Jack Kennedy

(303) 550-4755 | jack.kennedy@colostate.edu

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.

Jaye Powers
Jaye Powers


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.

Kim Spencer
Kim Spencer

(970) 491-0612 | Kimberly.Spencer@colostate.edu

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.

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