Lecture on Technical Communication

Presented for the REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)
Summer Program at the University of Texas at Dallas

PI: Professor W. Eric Wong
Department of Computer Science

Special Acknowledgment: The Writing Center, Office of Student Success and Assessment

Part I

  • Introduction
  • What is Technical Communication
  • Argument part 1
  • Models
  • Argument part 2
  • Heuristics
  • Rhetoric

Part II

  • Types of Technical Communication
  • Technical Communication Models
  • DITA: a Model for Content Reuse
  • Heuristics for Better Writing
  • Standards for Usability Accessibility and Reusability
  • Writing is Difficult
  • Enforced Standards and Automated Content
  • Corporate Customer and Competing Standards
  • Implicit and Explicit Standards
  • Docbook SGML and XML
  • Standards Organizations
  • Standards in Domains Military Regulatory and Industry
  • Standards for Style format and Writing
  • Ethos and Bias
  • Process Plan Write and Iterate
  • How do I know when I am done
  • Waterfall and Agile Project Management
  • Example Analysis of a Blog Post
  • For More Information
  • Closing Thoughts