Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Karen E. Kasonic
T C 400
Seattle Campus

Scientific and Technical Communication

Principles and practices of writing to communicate scientific and technical information to a variety of readers, including the expert, general scientific and technical reader, manager, and general public. Examines research and issues in the TC field including social contexts and environments (legal, ethical, cultural). Required of technical communication majors. Prerequisite: T C 231. Offered: A.

Class description

The goals of TC 400 are to: Introduce you to the profession of technical communication. Make you more aware of your own writing process and enhance your planning and revision strategies. Provide practice with several different types of documents and audiences. Introduce you to the skills necessary to present information effectively through the oral medium. Increase your awareness of the collaborative nature of technical communication by working in groups during class. Be sensitive to relevant larger contexts and environments (e.g., social, cultural, economic, organizational, legal, ethical).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class discussion, group activities, workshops, short lectures.

Recommended preparation

A composition course and TC 231 are prerequisites for this course. Recommended for TC majors, but might be of interest to students in other fields.

Class assignments and grading

Several individual and group writing assignments. Three short oral presentations.

Written assignments and oral presentations. No exams. Class participation is very important.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Instructor's website
Last Update by Karen E. Kasonic
Date: 03/07/2006