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Jan Spyridakis
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

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

Recommended preparation

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.

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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 Jan Spyridakis
Date: 02/25/2006