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BMI 5371 Business and Technical Communication

3 semester credit hours
Lecture contact hours: 2; Lab contact hours: 3
Web-based instruction
Class limited to 15 students in Fall and Spring and 10 students in Summer

This course provides the advanced skills necessary to write a full range of business documents, including letters, memos, emails, technical and non-technical user guides, training documentation, system documentation, and application tip sheets. The reason for and appropriate uses of each of these types of documents will be examined. There will also be an introduction to scientific writing, which will be compared and contrasted with business and technical writing. The course presents techniques for producing high-quality business or technical writing. Students will apply these techniques by examining selected documents and published papers, producing their own writing, and critiquing the writing of others in class.

Textbooks and Course Materials
The course materials are provided in weekly modules in Canvas, a course management software program and links are provided to other materials that are available. Throughout the course, you will be provided with resources that are accessible from available Web links or files that are provided for your perusal. In addition, you are encouraged to share resources with your classmates that you discover and find helpful.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Write in a wide range of business and professional genres
  • Understand how to identify and write for diverse audiences
  • Develop rhetorical skills in writing and document design
  • Evaluate and critique published and peer writing