Scientific and Technical Communication Courses

HU3120: Technical and Scientific Communication 

HU 3120 is a study of written, oral, and visual communication in professional settings. It emphasizes audiences, writing processes, genres, collaboration, professional responsibility, and effective expression. It is offered both "live" and online throughout the academic year, including both summer tracks.

Course Goal & Objectives

HU 3120 familiarizes students with representative communication demands of today's workplace. Specifically, its objectives are to offer students professional strategies for:

  • Planning, drafting, and revising
  • Writing for a variety of audiences
  • Identifying purpose and writing/designing to accomplish it
  • Communicating with colleagues
  • Collaborating with a team
  • Designing visually effective texts
  • Reviewing and editing written and visual texts
  • Producing rhetorically sensitive documents

Sample Student Work

Typical STC Courses

HU 2600 - Introduction to the Field of Scientific and Technical Communication

An introduction to the history, theory, and practice of scientific and technical communication as preparation for future study.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Scientific & Tech Comm (BS), Scientific & Tech Comm (BA)

HU 2645 - Graphic and Information Design

A computer-intensive introduction to the principles for creating clear, effective graphic communication. Students critique the work of other designers in terms of the work's audience and intended effect, and they construct and critique their own design projects as well.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall

HU 2645 - Graphic and Information Design

A computer-intensive introduction to the principles for creating clear, effective graphic communication. Students critique the work of other designers in terms of the work's audience and intended effect, and they construct and critique their own design projects as well.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall

HU 3120 - Technical and Professional Communication

A study of written and oral communication in technical and scientific environments; emphasizes audience, writing processes, genres of scientific and technical discourse, visual communication, collaboration, professional responsibility, clear and correct expression. Students write and revise several documents and give oral report(s). Computer Intensive.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3600 - Professional Development in the Humanities

Addresses conventions and expectations for professional development through projects such as portfolio development and research into contemporary professional and work place issues. Explores career and graduate school opportunities.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Comm and Culture Studies, Scientific & Tech Comm (BS), Liberal Arts, Scientific & Tech Comm (BA), Humanities, English; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

HU 3630 - Publications and Information Management

Principles of information selection, editing, layout, and graphics essential to the scheduling, budgeting, and production of various print and digital publications.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2642 and HU 2633 or HU 2645

HU 3710 - Engineering Ethics

A study of ethical questions confronting individual engineers and the engineering profession. Among the issues to be explored are the meaning of professionalism, the social responsibilities of engineers, engineer-employer and engineer-client relationships, whistle-blowing, conflicts of interest, and competitive bidding.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3820 - Interpersonal Communication

Examines practices and issues of relational communication and encourages critical awareness of common assumptions. Topics include verbal and nonverbal cues, conflict models, friendship, intimacy, and the interpersonal significance of race, gender, class, and disability.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3840 - Organizational Communication

An approach to understanding organizations in their socio-historical contexts from a variety of theoretical perspectives in communication. Explores meanings, roles, relations, interactions, and structures from a communication perspective.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 4625 - Risk Communication

Examines models for communicating risks associated with environmental, safety, and health hazards. Considers the diverse roles assumed by the public under each of these models and means of ensuring that risks are communicated fairly, honestly, and accurately.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 4628 - Usability and Instructions Writing

The role of readability and usability in technical communication. Topics include social, cultural, and cognitive theories of reading processes, navigation, print and online document design. Applies readability and usability testing techniques to typical print materials as well as online documents, digital libraries or databases, multimedia, or software interfaces.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3120 and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 4634 - Advanced Practicum in Scientific and Technical Communication

Provides technical communication majors with opportunities to design and produce various communication products expected in their working careers, such as sets of procedures, proposals, progress reports, sets of directions, and style sheets. The course will also require students to complete, with advice from the instructor, one major client-involved project such as a brochure, newsletter, web site, technical training module, etc.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Scientific & Tech Comm (BS), Scientific & Tech Comm (BA)
Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3120 and HU 2600