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Advanced Certificate Course in Structured Writing for Technical Documentation (Online)

For more information contact Veena Hosur at 512-471-2354 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Course Details

The field of technical writing has come a long way from writing clearly and concisely using a keyboard into a new world of structured writing and content management. Documents are no longer written and published as individual entities within a documentation set but rather written as data segments for reuse on systems that automate processes for controlling and managing the segments.

Information is no longer published as a document solely for paper output, but for electronic access on PCs, cell phones, and other handheld devices. This means that the technical writer today must be familiar with the solutions that employ the features of structured writing for reuse, and the latest standard approaches for segmenting and storing information for output to multiple types of formats and access on different devices.

Software (free trial software download available online). Instructor will provide details once the course of study has commenced.

For more information about the program, visit the FAQs page.

Course Format

  • Students will receive access 3-5 business days from date of enrollment. An email link will be provided to the student.
  • Advanced Certificate Course in Structured Writing for Technical Documentation (Independent study (70%) and instructor feedback (30%).
  • Six month enrollment from date of registration.

Required Textbook and Companion Website

Participants are required to purchase the following book only after fully enrolled in the program and after receiving the syllabus.

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Introduction to DITA- Second Edition: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture Including DITA 1.2

  • ISBN-13: 978-0977863433

 

Continuing Education Hours

30 Contact Hours
3.0 CEUs

Outcome

After completing this program, you will have gained a well-rounded education allowing you to:

  • Know how to interpret a DTD (document type definition)
  • Use XMetaL as an authoring tool
  • Segment your data for maximum use and reuse among a documentation set
  • Use XML to tag your data
  • Learn about and use the DITA (Darwin Information Type Architecture) standard
  • Become familiar with the current trends in technical writing in addition to DITA; the S1000D standard, use of IETMs and CMS.

Assessment

Your progress and understanding of the lessons is assessed based on the instructor’s evaluation of your written assignments, quizzes, contribution to the discussion, and a final project.

Students are encouraged to contact the instructor with any questions during the course of study.
They may also submit a draft copy of their assignments for critique and review before submitting the final copy.

This course can be completed in 6 weeks. The student will be given up to 2 months to complete.

Program Outline

LESSON 1Segmenting Data: How to analyze and segment data for optimum use in documentation and publications

  1. Reading
  2. Lecture
  3. Quiz
  4. Discussion

LESSON 2Document Type Definitions (DTDs): Interpreting and understanding DTDs and how they control XML data

  1. Reading
  2. Lecture
  3. Tutorial

LESSON 3DTDs and XML: The XML tags and attributes

  1. Reading
  2. Quiz

LESSON 4DTDs and using the XML Editor: XMetaL

  1. Reading
  2. Exercise: Creating a DTD

LESSON 5DTDs and using the XML Editor: XMetaL

  1. Lecture
  2. Exercise: Creating a DTD

LESSON 6 - XMetaL

  1. Tutorial
  2. Exercise: Defining and creating your documentation set

LESSON 7 DITA (Darwin Information Type Architecture)

  1. Reading
  2. Discussion

LESSON 8Reusing Segmented Data

  1. Reading

LESSON 9 - Publishing

  1. Reading
  2. Discussion

LESSON 10S1000D and IETMs

  1. Reading
  2. Viewing a demo

LESSON 11Content Management Systems (CMS)

  1. Reading
  2. Lecture
  3. Discussion
  4. Quiz

LESSON 12Final Project

  1. Final Project

FAQ

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Coordinator(s)

Questions about this course?

    512-471-2354
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