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MSPWTC Graduate Course Descriptions
Orients students to faculty research and the issues, goals, and methodologies of professional and technical communication. The course examines: definitions and histories of the field; relevant theories, practices, and genres; data gathering and research; technology-related issues; ethical and intercultural implications; and professionalization.
Introduces major rhetorical theories, practice, and criticism. The course provides practice in applying critical theory to contemporary texts.
Provides a practicum in the application of theory to original designs and to the analysis and revision of existing designs. Examines the theory and practices appropriate to print and electronic medias.
Introduces the techniques for systematic planning and supervision of complex writing projects and the production of print and electronic documentation. Students will become proficient in three major areas: collaborating with Subject Matter Experts to develop and clarify content; coordinating writing and production elements for publication; and expert testing for usability.
Composition theory, technology, and assessment as guides for teaching practices.
Explores the trends and issues affecting corporations, crisis management, public affairs, communication, consumer affairs, employee relations, environmental problems, and issues of multinationals. The course may include the analysis of various examples of publicity materials news conferences, feature placements, special events, and media tours, case studies as well as readings on the history and theories of public relations and propaganda.
This course compares the theory and practice of two or three strategies for interpreting literature, such as formalism, reader-response, and cultural studies.
An in-depth study of four or five plays by Shakespeare, with attention to their literary and intellectual backgrounds, performance/film history, and contemporary critical approaches.
Examines issues surrounding communication for/with multiple audiences with diverse linguistic and cultural patterns. The class will also consider implications of controlled language systems.
Helps students identify and address the ethical challenges that occur in private, social, and professional contexts. Course will focus on real-world ethical dilemmas with diverse approaches to decision-making using ethical reasoning and applied ethics. Legal considerations will include first amendment issues such as freedom of speech and press, copyright, libel, privacy, access, administrative law of advertising and broadcasting, and other legal problems in professional writing situations.
Trains students in the examination and assessment of the rhetorical effects of style and editing choices and in the application of appropriate choices to a variety of documents, audiences, and settings. Covers information-processing theory and practice, with students being responsible for articulating clearly and concisely the reasons for their style and editing choices (including graphics) by the end of this course.
An examination of language development and its relevance to skills required in an educational environment, the course will focus on sound patterns, word formation patterns, sentence structures, and writing systems and standards. It will also address ways in which language variation and multilingualism can interact with and affect development and acquisition of a standard variety.
Surveys and applies the theory, research, creation, development, and delivery of courses in corporate and academic environments. Students will design and present curriculum for business, industry, or classroom use.
Acquaints with various computer software programs and their application to specific disciplines such as criminal justice, medical and science writing, and technical communication. Projects include print documents or slide presentations incorporating analyzed research data. Students will expand their knowledge of rhetorical principles and of techniques for reporting statistical analysis and conveying them to specific audiences.
Examines researching, writing, and editing journal and newsletter articles in one or several technical fields or disciplines, including science, medicine, pharmaceuticals, engineering, environmental science, and law. Students will develop one article project from initial research to submission. May be repeated once for credit with permission of department.
Reviews print-based methods of content organization and reader orientation. These traditional methods are contrasted with typical solutions in on-line and multi-media communications to the problems of content navigation, readability, and usability. Includes study of navigation maps or graphs, information architecture, traditional and hyper-linked indexes, table of contents and on-line context lists, and the use of document description or meta-information to facilitate effective information retrieval.
Examines the principles and methods of applied research in professional writing and technical communication. Provides practice in planning and conducting user evaluations, interpreting data and reporting results, and managing the participant process, with attention to human subject research policy and protection. Course projects will evaluate users’ experience with print and /or electronic materials such as software documentation, training materials, brochures, or web pages. Topics may focus on usability, accessibility, or qualitative evaluation. When course content varies, the course may be repeated with permission of the department.
Selected topics in writing for industry, linguistics, pedagogy, and rhetorical or discourse theory. When course content varies, course may be repeated by permission of department.
Provides industry experience for students. Writing or design projects developed in the course may be tested and used for the capstone project or portfolio.
Supports and guides student research for thesis or capstone project. Students enroll in this course during the semester they intend to research, develop, and propose a thesis or capstone project.
Provides direction and support for students during the semester in which they intend to complete their thesis and graduate. No credit is awarded until the thesis is approved by the thesis committee and the student has passed an oral exam on the thesis and graduation portfolio.
Provides an alternative to the thesis. Students may complete a capstone project in which they propose and design a long document for a real-world audience. The project typically includes a form of usability testing and rewriting. No credit is awarded until the capstone project is approved by the thesis committee and the student has passed an oral exam on the project and graduation portfolio issues; ethical and intercultural implications; and professionalization.
MSPWTC Degree Coordinator
Moosally, M., Ph.D
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