AbstractThis course gives an introduction to technical communication. It will focus on designing different forms of communication (writing, presenting orally, graphic design) correctly, effectively, and convincingly. There will be a theoretical introduction to the importance and principles of technical communication together with several individual and group based practical exercises.
Efficient and convincing communication will play a deciding role whether you get a job, a promotion, or whether you win a grant. Communication is also an integral part in technical jobs or in research: You will spend at least 20 percent of your time on communication, work in a team or lead a team yourself, or translate technical insights for a general audience or for management. In such a setting, poor communication can lead to major financial losses or even to serious catastrophes costing human lives.
In this course the student will gain an understanding of why technical communication is important, and how technical information is communicated clearly, efficiently, and convincingly to a specific audience. In particular, the course will cover the following subjects:
- Challenges and failures of communication
- Importance and principles of technical communication
- Rhetoric principles
- Team-based communication
- Audience analysis and subject research
- Communicating correctly, effectively, and convincingly
- Designing and delivering persuasive technical presentations
- Text design and reviewing, evaluating, testing documents and websites
- Summarizing research findings, communication for web and social media
- Translating research findings for a general audience
- Writing definitions, documentation and instructions
- Writing reports and proposals
- Writing CVs and application materials
- Information design with figures, tables, and graphs
Formal prerequisitesThe course is mandatory for BSc Data Science fifth semester. Moreover, the student must meet the admission requirements of the IT University.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Write correctly and efficiently a technical/professional document for a specific audience.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of graphically designed information in a technical context.
- Design a persuasive technical presentation for a specific audience.
- Communicate collaboratively in a team setting.
Ordinary examExam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
C1G: Submission of written work for groups