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Technical Communication

Technical Communication


Program Code:TECC
Duration:2 semesters (1 Year)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The Technical Communication (Co-op) program is an intensive learning/work experience designed to prepare you for a career as a technical communicator (writer, editor, documentation specialist) in a variety of fields.

Upon graduation, you'll will be able to design, research, draft, edit and produce technical documents for a wide range of audiences and purposes.

The first semester of the program prepares you for the co-operative work placement which takes place in the Winter term. An integral component of the program, the work placement experience provides you with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in the first academic semester. In turn, you'll acquire on-the-job insight and learning which will be applied to projects during the second academic semester.

Working with the Co-op Co-ordinator, you'll arrange and ultimately benefit from a meaningful work placement with an employer committed to helping you meet your learning goals.

The second academic semester takes place in the Summer term and focuses on project development and the acquisition of advanced design and document management skills, as well as specialized work in various electronic media. Faculty are experienced teachers of technical writing and current practitioners in the field.

You should be prepared to pay approximately $1100/semester for books and materials.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or three year post secondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic credentials, work record (if applicable) and attendance at a mandatory orientation session where a formal assessment of writing and reading skills will be administered. It is expected that applicants will be computer literate.
  • All applicants must complete a writing sample and computerized language test at the Seneca Newnham Campus.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Specialize in technical communication with our short, intensive Technical Communication (Co-op) program. With the skills you'll learn in just two semesters, you could launch a career as a technical writer or designer for product-user documents, reference manuals, templates, online help files, web pages, instructional and procedural documents, and various marketing and organizational materials. Industries that currently employ these professionals include computer applications and development, banking and finance, telecommunications, engineering, health and nutrition, aerospace, manufacturing, and environment and resource management.

Co-operative Education

The co-operative education component provides you with the opportunity to secure a paid work-term between academic semesters. Job–related employment enables you to combine classroom skills and on-the-job training.

Co-op Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Work-Term Semester 2

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
TCN700 Technical Writing I 3
TCN701 The Technical Communicator 3
TCN705 Information Technology 4
TCN707 Editing and Style 3
TCN708 Coding for Web Design and for Applications 3
TCN709 * FrameMaker I 2
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory 1
Co-op Work Term
CWT100 Co-op Work Term
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
TCN800 Technical Writing II 3
TCN806 Web-Based Training and Multimedia 4
TCN807 Document Design 3
TCN808 * FrameMaker II 4
TCN809 * Employment and Business Practices 3
TCN810 Web Design II 3/2
TCN811 Single Sourcing and Modular Writing 2
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice 1

* Full credit subjects offered in 7 weeks.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Technical Writing I
The Technical Communicator
Information Technology
Editing and Style
Coding for Web Design and for Applications
Framemaker I *
Co-op Professional Theory
Co-op Work Term
Co-op Work Term
Semester 2
Technical Writing II
Web-Based Training and Multimedia
Document Design
Framemaker II *
Employment and Business Practices *
Web Design II
Single Sourcing and Modular Writing
Co-op Professional Practice

* Full credit subjects offered in 7 weeks.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Sarah Lee
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22489
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Julie Mitchell
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33007
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Beth Agnew
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33133
Co-op Coordinator: Charmaine Johnson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33764
Program Chair: Michelle Grimes
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33440
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