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Ulrike B. Irmler
T C 512
Seattle Campus

International Technical Communication

Examines theory, research, and practice in the internationalization and localization of paper and electronic documents. Topics include cultural models and schemata, contrastive rhetoric, controlled languages, translation, visuals, and usability testing. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Offered: W.

Class description

With the climate of internationalization and localization in the technical communication field, the drive for diversity across our country, and the ongoing trends in globalization, this course will address a variety of topics relevant to those who seek to understand how to communicate information to readers and users in other cultures.

Some course topics are listed below:

Contrastive rhetoric and cultural schemata Content types and translation strategies Localization and market-relevance Target audiences and cultures International user research and user experiences Cross-cultural management and teams

Student learning goals

Understand the essentials of cultural schemata and contrastive rhetoric

Be able to identify methodologies to target specific audiences and cultures

Be able to map various content and text types to appropriate translation strategies

Be able to map various content and text types to appropriate translation strategies

Be able to interpret and apply international user research and recognize different requirements for international user experiences

Understand the fundamentals of cross-cultural management and teams

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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.
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Last Update by Ulrike B. Irmler
Date: 01/04/2009