Course Description

Learn to effectively communicate information to your audience by applying relevant concepts and tools to help you make sense of various writing tasks. Develop your ability to analyze written information and use structure to reinforce its meaning and make the message clear. Produce writing samples based on documents including reports, policies and procedures, proposals, summaries, manuals, and user guides. Learn through study, practice, peer and instructor feedback, and assignments.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcome

In this class, students will explore how purpose, audience, form and style are important elements of writing. Being attentive to each element helps in communicating effectively. The focus will be on practicing writing skills that relate to the most common forms of documentation, including proposals, reports, specifications, manuals and other forms of technical communication.

Supporting Learning Outcome Statements

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify audience and purpose
  • Apply appropriate technical writing style and form to a variety of audiences with varying purposes
  • Write effective common persuasive and informative technical documents
  • Recognize how style and form inform and influence the effectiveness of a written technical document


Prerequisite: Learning Online (BMC 352 or BMC 152) and one of the core courses (WRI 110, WRI 120, WRI 130, WRI 150, BMC 113).    

Completion of WRI 220 Document Design is recommended prior to taking this course. 

You may not register online for this course until you have successfully completed Learning Online or have a Learning Online Prerequisite Waiver in your profile. You may enrol in this course by telephone if you are enrolled in a section of BMC 352 that will be completed before this course begins.


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Apr 07, 2020 to Jun 01, 2020
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $595.00
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Reading List / Textbook

Title: Technical Communication 
Author: John M. Lannon & Don Klepp
Publisher: Pearson Canada 
Edition: 7 
ISBN-10: 0134310837
ISBN-13: 978-0134310831


Section Notes

Prerequisites: BMC 352 Learning Online and at least one core course: Writing Well (WRI 110), Copy Editing and Proofreading (WRI 120), or Writing in the Workplace (WRI 150 - previously WRI 130 / BMC 113). Successful completion of WRI 220 Document Design is suggested. 

It is not possible to register online for this course until you have successfully completed BMC 352 Learning Online or have completed the Learning Online Waiver.

If you are enrolled in a section of BMC 352 that will be completed before this course begins, you may enrol for this course by calling 403.220.2866.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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