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Technical and Professional Writing Discipline Courses Details

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TPW 200 : Writing Practices in Professional Contexts

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent with grade of C or better.
Description: Introduction to writing practices common in professional workplaces. Analysis of how they influence, and are influenced by, workplace activities and cultures. Topics may include ethics, collaboration, internationalization, common forms, information design, and media choices. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

TPW 400 GW : Fundamentals of Technical and Professional Writing -- GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C or better.
Description: Forms, methods, standards, and issues central to the work of career writers. Students produce technical instructions, reports, promotions, and correspondence. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

TPW 470 : Writing Professional Promotions

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C or better; TPW student or consent of instructor.
Description: Developing documents for corporate communications, marketing, public relations, and development purposes. High-tech and non-profit applications. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

TPW 480 : Writing Technical Documentation

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C or better; TPW student or consent of instructor.
Description: Design and develop standard types of technical documentation such as project plans, process descriptions, procedures, tutorials, and usability tests. Topics include audience analysis, writing style, and best practices. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

TPW 490 : Grantwriting

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C or better; TPW student or consent of instructor.
Description: Practice in grant proposal writing and research. Requests from private non-profit organizations to various funding agencies. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult Index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

TPW 550 : Professional Editing

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C or better; TPW student or consent of instructor.
Description: Expectations for professional editing in the workplace. Development of specialized projects; practice in relevant techniques; application of professional skills, standards, ethics, and methods. Review of grammar, punctuation, and usage. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

TPW 555 : Visual Rhetoric and Document Design

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C or better.
Description: Principles of design and visual rhetoric; application of those priniciples in document design. Workshop teaches publication design software. Required laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

TPW 585 : Technical Writing Online

Prerequisites: TPW 400 or TPW 480 with grade of C or better.
Description: Standards and methods for designing, writing, producing technical information presented in electronic formats, such as online help, support websites, interactive demos. Learn basics of a widely used software tool. Required laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

TPW 600 : Individual and Team Writing

Prerequisites: TPW 400, TPW 550, and TPW 555 with grades of C or better.
Description: Developing professional skills for project management, research, group work, genre analysis, writing, editing production, and presentation. Individual projects explore current tools, trends, and technologies. Teams develop professional materials for local non-profits. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

TPW 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Technical and Professional Writing

Prerequisites: Completion, with grade of C or better, of course in which student will be aide. Requires consent of TPW adviser; limited to one student per course.
Description: Assist with computer laboratory teaching and complete related projects. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

TPW 695 : Internship in Technical and Professional Writing

Prerequisites: Five TPW core or skill elective courses (all with grades of C or better), including TPW 400, 550, and 555.
Description: Develop resume and portfolio. Practice job search and interviewing skills. Field experience: professional writing or editing, including structured supervision and evaluation by program faculty and placement sponsor. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

TPW 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Five TPW core or skills elective courses, all with grades of C or better, including TPW 400, TPW 550, and TPW 555. Enrollment requires consent of TPW instructor.
Description: Special study in some aspect of technical and professional writing, performed under program faculty supervision. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units.
Units: 1-4
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