T C 512
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.
Students learn about the theory, research, and practices that document and screen designers need to consider when internationalizing and localizing products. The seminar and discussion format centers on a set of readings that focus on the technical communication issues of many different cultures and countries. Students also gain a realistic perspective from professionals in the field who speak to the class on salient topics.
The course addresses a wide variety of topics, including:
• Cultural models
• Contrastive rhetoric
• International user analysis
• Visual design and layout strategies
• Controlled languages
• Human and machine translation
• Internationalization and localization
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments consist of course readings, hosting class discussions, and participating in class dicussions; writing two short topic summaries, and on a topic of the student's choice, writing a term paper and an annotated bibliography; and making an oral presentation on a topic of the student's choice.
Grades are based on the assignments.
For more information, please see the course Web site: http://faculty.washington.edu/jansp/TC512