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  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Technical Communication Major, B.S.


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A grade of “C-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the Bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.

Technical Communication Core


All technical communication majors are required to complete the following courses:

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences I requirement:

 

Required Senior Experience


Interactive Media Production Concentration


The Interactive Media Production Concentration provides students foundational theory, creative media production skills, and an understanding of current industry practices. The coursework includes writing and editing, designing and authoring of interactive projects, in addition to hands-on practice and professional experience. Interactive media is frequently used for education, training, marketing, public relations, and sales purposes. Skills in professional front-end message design, as well as contemporary delivery methods are developed in this concentration.

Technical Communication Core: 12


Concentration Electives


Students may select 6 credits from any of the COM or JRN course elective offerings. These courses should be different from those required in the core or concentration. Students should consult with an advisor about elective courses to ensure accuracy and acceptability. Relevant courses outside the department will be accepted as elective credit on a case-by-­case basis in consultation with the academic advisor.

Internships require permission of instructor.

Total for Interactive Media Production Concentration: 42


Mobile and Social Media Concentration


This communication concentration area prepares students for a career in the design and development of mobile and social media communication within professional communities and networks. Social media environments are strategically designed to foster communication and sustain community engagement for problem solving, idea generation, professional development, and other corporate communication contexts. In addition to a required core of coursework, students must take the required concentration courses. Students may choose 9 credits of COM electives from the approved list or meet with an advisor to determine other elective options.

Technical Communication Core: 12


Concentration Electives


Students may select 9 credits from any of the COM or JRN course elective offerings. These courses should be different from those required in the core or concentration. Students should consult with an advisor about elective courses to ensure accuracy and acceptability. Relevant courses outside the department will be accepted as elective credit on a case-by-­case basis in consultation with the academic advisor.

Video Production Concentration


The Video Production concentration provides the student with the theoretical and practical experience required to design, write, edit, and produce video programs for use in industry, government, corporations, cable television, and other organizations. Such productions are frequently used for training, image creation, promotional, motivational, narrowcasting, and sales purposes.

Technical Communication Core: 12


Subtotal: 21


Majors in the concentration must take one course from the following:


Subtotal: 3


Concentration Electives


Students may select 6 credits from any of the COM or JRN course elective offerings. These courses should be different from those required in the core or concentration. Students should consult with an advisor about elective courses to ensure accuracy and acceptability. Relevant courses outside the department will be accepted as elective credit on a case-by-­case basis in consultation with the academic advisor.

Subtotal: 6


Notes:


*Internships require permission of instructor.

Total for Video and Media Production Concentration: 42


Technical Writing and Editing Concentration


The Technical Writing and Editing Concentration provides the student with both the theory and production practices of technical writing and editing used by industry and government. It includes course work in the writing, editing, design, and production of technical reports, proposals, and manuals in addition to professional experience and hands-on practices with computer hardware and software. The curriculum is designed to provide breadth of knowledge and multi-task capability.

Technical Communication Core: 12


Subtotal: 18


Choose 12 credit hours from the following:


Total for Technical Writing and Editing Concentration: 42


Extended Major


To complete the extended major options, the student must fulfill all the requirements specified in one of the technical communication concentrations. In addition, the student must fulfill all General Studies and Multicultural requirements of Metropolitan State University of Denver. Students enrolled in the extended major are NOT required to complete a minor.

Required Senior Experience


Required Core Total: 36


Extended majors must complete one of the concentrations listed below:


Subtotal: 15

Subtotal: 15

Subtotal: 15

Total: 15

Note:


An extended major must complete at least 15 credits of electives. At least 12 credits must be selected from the list of program electives, and the courses chosen cannot be used in your concentration or as your Senior Experience course. Electives outside the program are not required but can be selected from the list of electives outside the program.

Departmental Electives:


Choose 12 - 15 credit hours from the following list of program courses that are not in your concentration or used as your Senior Experience course:

Total for Extended Major: 66


Notes:


*Internships require permission of instructor.

Subtotal for Required Electives: 15


Choose 0 - 3 credit hours from the following electives outside the program:


These courses may have prerequisite requirements within the departments.

Graduation Requirements for the Extended Major Option 2:


Major  

Required Core

36

Concentration

15

COM Electives

12-15

Electives outside COM

0-3
  Major Total: 66

General Studies*

33

Unrestricted Electives

21
  Degree Total: 120

 

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