Summer 2014 Upper-Level Courses

CMNS 351: Professional Formal Research Report Writing
Prerequisite(s): CMNS 251

This course focuses on the process and production of one long research document commonly used in business, industry, information technology, the arts, the natural and social sciences, and humanities. Students learn to propose and manage a research project in their career field and to practice proven research skills and methods and responsible documentation of sources. They will also learn to analyze, evaluate, and organize evidence, ideas, and arguments, as well as to compose, design, revise, and evaluate their document.


CMNS 390: Designing User-friendly Guides, Manuals, and Instructions
Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits including CMNS 251. 
For CIS program students, CIS 285 is recommended.

Effective end-user documentation, both print and online, requires consideration of several key factors. The focus of this course is on gathering information and on structuring and designing documentation for the needs of the end-users. Students will apply the process for effective documentation to a number of exercises and as part of a collaborative team, design a user-friendly document for a specific group as the term project.


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