Technical Communication (AATCD)

Associate in Arts

In this program, students explore the technical communication process in detail and develop skills in audience analysis, project management, technical writing and editing, document design and usability testing. Using tools of the technical communication profession, students prepare content for print and online delivery, develop screencast training modules, learn how to conduct a formal job search and create professional portfolios to showcase their skills.

The Technical Communication Associate in Arts degree is designed for students transferring to a four-year university and seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree. The General Education requirements fulfill both Washtenaw Community College's requirements and the MTA Transfer requirements.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

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2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20

2019-2020 Academic Requirements

 In this program, students explore the technical communication process in detail and develop skills in audience analysis, project management, technical writing and editing, document design and usability testing. Using tools of the technical communication profession, students prepare content for print and online delivery, develop screencast training modules, learn how to conduct a formal job search and create professional portfolios to showcase their skills.

The Technical Communication Associate in Arts degree is designed for students transferring to a four-year university and seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree. The General Education requirements fulfill both Washtenaw Community College's requirements and the MTA Transfer requirements. 
 Eastern Michigan University, BA or BS degree;
Madonna University, BA degree.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: Articulation Agreements.

 Basic computer literacy.

 
Division
Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
Department
English & College Readiness
Advisors
Lisa Veasey
(Items marked with an icon online icon are available online.)
First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
COM 101   Fundamentals of Speaking 3
ENG 107   Technical Writing Fundamentals 3
ENG 111   Composition I 4
Elective(s)   Math 3
Total 13
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
ENG 208   Technical Writing for Print Delivery 3
ENG 226   Composition II 3
    GDT Elective Select one course from the following: GDT 104, GDT 106, GDT 107 or GDT 108 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 1 * 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 2 * 3
Total 15
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
ENG 209   Technical Writing for Online Delivery 3
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 1 * 3
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences * 3
    Restricted Elective(s) ** 3
    WEB Elective Select one course from the following: WEB 110, WEB 113 or WEB 115 3
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
ENG 218   Technical Writing for eLearning 3
ENG 245   Job Search Success Seminar 2
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 2 * 3
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences with Lab * 3
    Restricted Elective(s) ** 3
    Elective(s) to reach minimum 60 credits 3
Total 17
Total Credits Required
60
 

Footnotes:

*If your course(s) exceeds the recommended credit hours, you will need to reduce the number of credits in the restricted electives. Students who plan to transfer to a 4-year university are encouraged to meet with the Technical Communication program advisor to select appropriate general education courses.
**JRN 210 is strongly recommended. Students must meet with the Technical Communication program advisor to select additional elective courses.