Extended Education - CSUDH

Online Technical Writing Classes

"I'm so glad I had the opportunity to be a part of this program. Lu Kondor is a great instructor"...Ellen-Rachell Caldwell

"Within a couple of months of the program ending I had received a technical writer offer from a large medical device company...I believe the certification process helped a lot in getting the job."
...Jeff Grant

Introduction to Technical Writing Courses Video

Past Student Projects Video

The online Technical Writing Certificate
of Completion introduces students to the many aspects of contemporary technical writing practices and helps them develop the skills and confidence to communicate complex technical concepts simply and effectively. Students can take individual courses or the entire series

Technical writing plays an extremely important role in the business field and high tech world. With increasing reliance on sophisticated technology, written technical instructions have become the primary paths to understanding complex procedures. Some of the concepts that students will learn include how to determine their audience, purpose and objectives for various documents; how to follow steps to successful technical writing; how to write collaboratively; how to write a procedures manual; and how to design the most common types of technical documents.

"Within a couple months of the program ending I had received a technical writer offer from a large medical device company in the San Fernando Valley. I believe the certification process helped a lot in getting the job"...Jeff Super

Career opportunities are found in the financial, industrial, construction, electronics, automotive, medical, computer, biomedical, healthcare, agricultural and petrochemical industries. Many engineers, scientists and technicians have increased their effectiveness through improvement of their technical writing skills. Individuals who are interested in becoming technical communicators, or those who are already in technical writing positions and would like to improve their skills.

California State University, Dominguez Hills online technical writing classes are convenient for people who live or work anywhere, including Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, San Pedro, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

Students must have a command of the English language, and understand the basic principles of composition including grammar and sentence construction.

The program will be taught online.

A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of the entire program.

Fundamentals of Technical Communication
Advanced Technical Communication
Information Design

The cost of each course is $489. Total cost for a certificate is $1,467.
There will be an additional cost for materials and/or textbooks.

Fundamentals of Technical Communication
This 9-week course examines the basic requirements of technical style and organizational patterns used in a variety of business and technical documents. Students learn and practice how to condense extensive information into the fewest words possible without sacrificing content. The class also covers how to identify the audiences and apply various styles to each.

Advanced Technical Communications
This 9-week course further examines the concepts learned in the “Fundamentals” course. Students hone their skills by writing various types of proposals, informal and formal reports, procedures manuals and oral presentations.

Information Design
The final 9-week course gives students a command of the design principals and production processes required for truly effective technical communications. Students will design manuals, procedures handbooks and instructional materials. Students will be required to complete a capstone project that incorporates every aspect of technical writing learned in the program.



Technical Communication, Markel
Handbook of Technical Writing, Alred, Brusaw, Oliu
Document Design: A Guide for Technical Communicators, Kimball

For further information contact:
Babette Wald: bwald@lists.csudh.edu

To Register
Call 310-243-3741 or 877-GO-HILLS

Professional Links

Technical Writing:

American Medical Writers Association

American Society of Business and Publication Editors

American Society of Indexers

American Society of Journalists and Authors

HTML Writers Guild

Women in Technology International

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