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Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication

This program is a fusion of the traditional Mapa strength (engineering and


technology education) and an emerging strength: English proficiency.
It provides students with a strong foundation in liberal education to prime them for
the core of the program: the integration of communication principles and practices
with the concepts in the sciences, business, and information and engineering
technology. It develops in the students the ability to think clearly and analytically so
they can communicate technical and scientifi c information to a wide audience
range from experts to lay.
Graduates of this program may be hired as technical writers; copywriters; designers
and editors of newsletters, brochures, manuals, and websites; designers of sales,
marketing, and advertising campaigns; instructional materials developers; usability
testers, information specialists; creative directors; public relations specialists; layout artists; researchers; and trainers.

ETHICS: This course introduces the student to the nature of morality, and its
meaning in human life. Fundamental ethical data pertaining to the moral life will be
covered, including the nature of moral values, freedom, the moral law and
obligation, autonomy, the structure of the moral act, moral evil, virtue and
conscience.
COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS: This course explores computer hardwares, software,
data communications and internet technology. It also includes introduction of
fundamental computer programming concepts that covers topics in problem solving
and algorithm development, programming standards, variables, data types,
operators, decisions, repetitive structures.
WEBSITES AND ON-LINE COMMUNICATION: This course explores the development of
technologies involved in Web and online environments such as social networking,
online journals, discussion boards and fora. It also explains the major role of Web
and online environments in the promotion of collaboration in the way students learn
and work. Using a variety collaboration tools and technologies, students analyze
and evaluate recent materials regarding the Web and online environments. Credit :
3units Prerequisites : none This course explores the development of technologies
involved in Web and online environments such as social networking, online journals,
discussion boards and fora. It also explains the major role of Web and online
environments in the promotion of collaboration in the way students learn and work.
Using a variety collaboration tools and technologies, students analyze and evaluate
recent materials regarding the Web and online environments.

PHILOSOPHY OF TECHNOLOGY: Technology is a defining force in our contemporary


world. This course investigates how our conceptions of technology have emerged
within philosophy, as well as the role technology plays in shaping how we live and
how we reflect upon the questions of meaning and value in life. Technological
modes of understanding, organizing and transforming the world shape our
relationships with others, with ourselves and with nature at fundamental levels. The
course will explore how these modes have emerged and why they emerged so
predominantly within a Western social and intellectual context.
WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT: This course will introduce students to modern and
industry standard software for designing and creating working Websites. Proper
interface design, techniques, and efficient content presentation will be the focus of
this course.
BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: This course presents a comprehensive discussion of
the scope and importance of effective communication in business. It takes a close
look at the challenges and demands of internal and external business
communication, while also reviewing the various business communication media.
Focus is given on clear and effective communication.
TECHNICAL WRITING STRATEGIES: This course gives students an intensive practice
on the different techniques and integral strategies involved in technical writing. It
prepares them for professional writing projects.
DESKTOP PUBLISHING: This course is an introductory course to Desktop Publishing
using popular desktop publishing software tools. This course will give the students
the skills to work accurately and efficiently in designing, printing, and publishing
documents.
TECHNICAL INSTRUCTIONS AND MANUALS: The course prepares students to
effectively write technical documents such as procedures, policies, instructions, and
manuals. It presents the current practices in writing and challenges them with real
life projects.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND COMMUNICATION 1: Communicating science and
technology is the focus of this course. It will examine the role and relevance of
communication in making information on everyday science and technology
understandable to a varied audience. It also explores how communication can help
in raising consciousness on the importance of science and technology.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND COMMUNICATION 2: Communicating science and
technology remains to be the focus of this course as it looks into issues concerning
the internet and social media.
STATISTICS FOR COMMUNICATION RESEARCH: This course is an introduction to data
analysis using graphical and numerical techniques. The basic ideas of descriptive

statistical methods and probability are discussed. It develops in the students the
skills and knowledge in analyzing, presenting and evaluating information necessary
for decision making.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN COMMUNICATION: This course focuses on the tools and
techniques used in managing complex projects. It brings the students to discover
what it takes to ensure successful project implementation and handling of
organizational issues.
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION RESEARCH: This course is an overview of
communication research concepts, methods, and tools. It covers the design,
implementation, interpretation, and evaluation of communication research.