The Technical Communication Program teaches four core courses–EPD 275, EPD 397, EPD 398, and EPD 690–in addition to various electives. These courses are listed under the prefix “EPD” (or Engineering Professional Development) in the timetable and are briefly described below.
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This course focuses on the principles and theory of effective oral technical presentations and provides a framework for applying the principles in professional settings common to the engineering profession. The course consists of five parts: 1) preparation, delivery, and evaluation of oral presentation on technical subjects, 2) analysis of professional ‘real-world’ technical presentations, 3) survey of presentation technology, 4) self-analysis including listening and non-verbal skills, and 5) practice of group discussion and interview skills.
EPD 397: Technical Communication (3 credits; Fall and Spring)
Communication for engineering, science, and technology; theory and practice in planning, preparing, and critiquing reports, proposals, instructions, and business correspondence; research strategies, collaborative work; oral presentations.
EPD 398: Technical Communication Internship (1 credit)
Two-component course: 1) professional writing experience entailing approximately 80 hours internship with a local corporation, industry, government agency, or educational unit; and 2) one 75-minute class every other week to structure the internship and provide discussion of related issues.
EPD 690: Special Topics
Note that EPD 690 courses not taught by Tech Comm instructors do not count towards the Technical Communication Certificate.