BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ADMN-191 - Technical Communication II - 3.00 Credits

ADMN-191 - Technical Communication II - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course provides students with skills necessary for effective written and spoken communication in the business world. Students will be given extensive practice in writing clear and concise English through word-processed, written assignments. Upon completion of the course students will be able to plan, research, and present technical reports and proposal projects.
Part of the:
  • BUSINESS Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Executive Assistant Diploma - Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : ADMN 190, or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1 Per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
  • understand the basic principles of evidence gathering and to be able to design the investigation for a formal report;

  • use memo format and to appreciate the importance of tone in business communication;

  • have a sense of the legal status of letters, use appropriate tone in letter writing, and write various types of letters;

  • analyze job advertisements, prepare a resume, application letter, and follow-up letter;

  • understand what proposals are and prepare a group proposal; and

  • orally present summaries of proposals and technical, research papers.
  • Text and Materials: Markel, Michael H. Technical Writing: Situations and Strategies. Scarborough: Nelson Canada, 1994.
    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Most classes will be devoted to assignment instruction, pre-writing and editing. To miss class is to miss detailed instruction, which may not be covered in the text.

    Final drafts must be word processed or typed. A printed report helps to develop professionalism and to analyze content and format techniques.

    It is recommended that students maintain a durable folder for holding drafts and revisions. Students are to consult previous papers to detect problem areas. Many of the papers may be used as models for future use.

    If a submitted paper is unacceptable, a grade will be withheld. The student will be requested to revise the format, organization, content or grammar and punctuation. Revised papers will not receive as high a grade as a totally acceptable first submission. D’s or F’s will not be recorded except in the case of completely insincere revisions or failure to complete an assignment.

    Late assignments will be accepted, however, 5% per day will be deducted.

    Students are encouraged to subscribe to at least one professional magazine or journal in their fields. Such publications stimulate knowledge, assignment ideas, research resources and general professionalism.

    Students are encouraged to concentrate on the SKILLS section of each chapter and pay close attention to key terms and their definitions.

    Chapter quizzes will be administered. Many of the questions are true/false, multiple choice, definition of key terms, or requests for lists of essentials in various kinds of reports and technical strategies.

    Education Council approved September 2000.