Technical Writing Courses & Schedule

Technical Writing Certificate of Completion (Online)

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YOU MUST ATTEND ALL CLASS SESSIONS TO EARN CREDIT/DIGITAL BADGE FOR A COURSE, AND YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED COURSES TO EARN A CERTIFICATE.

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Online Course Instruction

The program is taught asynchronously online. No campus attendance is required, and there are no set days and times for classes online.

Students will receive instructions as to how to establish their campus login credentials approximately 2-3 days after registering for a course. These credentials will enable students to login to CSUDH's learning management system via the MyCSUDH student portal. If you do not receive login information once you have registered, please contact the registration office at 310-243-3741, option 1.

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Advanced Technical Communication & Information Design Courses

NWTW 101 | Fundamentals of Technical Writing

Noncredit
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.


NWTW 102 | Advanced Technical Communications

Noncredit
Recommended Pre-requisite: NWTW 101

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.


NWTW 103 | Information Design

Noncredit
Pre-requisite: NWTW 102

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.

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Program Costs

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.

 Textbooks

NWTW 101 and NWTW 102

  • Required: Technical Communication, 13th edition by Mike Markel. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2020. (Launchpad is not required)

All Courses

  • Recommended: Handbook for Technical Writing, 12th edition by Charles T. Brusaw, Gerald J. Alred, and Walter E. Oliu, ISBN: 9781319362201. Note: 11th edition is acceptable.

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Technical Writing Online Course Schedule Outlook*:

Spring 2023 through Fall 2024

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Class | TitleSpr 1Spr 2SumFall 1Fall 2Spr 1Spr 2SumFall 1Fall 2
NWTW 101 | Fundamentals of Tech Writing
NWTW 102 | Advanced Tech Communications
NWTW 103 | Information Design

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All Other CCPE Students

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