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Sarah Kriz
T C 511
Seattle Campus

Visual Media in Technical Communication

Use of visuals in print and electronic media. Topics include vision, attention and perception, semiotics, depiction, information graphics, icons, typography, and principles of page and screen design. Offered: W.

Class description

Use of information graphics and visuals in print and electronic communication. Topics include vision, perception, color, cognitive and aesthetic design principles, and graphics comprehension.

Student learning goals

Gain basic knowledge of the human visual system

Understand theories of visual perception, attention, and comprehension

Apply visual and perceptual theory to optimally design graphics, graphical displays, maps, and diagrams

General method of instruction

Lecture format, with in-class activities

Recommended preparation

Graduate standing

Class assignments and grading

Textbook and primary source readings, collection of real-world examples, in-class participation and presentations

Pre-test 20% Post-test (final) 40% Blacklist assignment 20% Participation 20%


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.
Last Update by Sarah Kriz
Date: 02/25/2009