Courses

Course Descriptions

Listed below are general course descriptions of the courses offered for MTPC students.

For a listing of courses offered during the current semester, please see the English Department's Course Descriptions and Schedules.

ENGL 7000: Technical and Professional Editing

Students in ENGL 6000 develop the knowledge and skills to edit technical and professional documents, including how to copyedit for correct usage, grammar, punctuation, and spelling, as well as for consistency in format and style. Editing to improve content and organization is also covered. The Chicago Manual of Style, 16/e is used in this course.

ENGL 7010: Technical and Professional Communication: Issues and Approaches

This course is an introduction to the discipline and profession of technical and professional communication. ENGL 7010 will cover the historical and current practices in technical and professional communication; the major forms, modes, and genres of technical and professional communication; and also the chief stylistic and rhetorical features of technical and professional communication.

ENGL 7020: The Pedagogy of Technical and Professional Communication

Students enrolled in this course will develop an understanding of educational theory as it relates to the teaching of technical and professional communication and to the teaching of writing generally. Students will discuss various pedagogical approaches to technical and professional communication and the data-collecting methods used in educational research. Students will learn how to conduct educational research applied either to technical communication or composition.

ENGL 7030: Studies in Technical and Professional Communication

This course's focus is dependent upon the interests of the professor and the students. Recent topics for this course have been IText and Emerging Technology, The Rhetoric of Major Reports, and Theories of Science and Technology. This course differs from ENGL 6030 in that its focus is more theoretical in nature. Students spend time learning about the historical and social context of the course's topic and complete a semester-long research paper or project, as well as other smaller projects.

ENGL 7060: Web Development

This course focuses on the current research and the practice of web development and design. Students will learn how to develop websites using HTML as well as web development programs. They will also conduct primary research (lab-based usability research) and secondary research (library-based research) on web development.

ENGL 7080: Document Design in Technical and Professional Communication

This course studies the concepts of and rationale for using document design in technical communication. Students learn techniques for designing and producing technical and professional documents, including instruction in typography, page layout, and color use. The goals of the course are to inform students about the principles of technical and professional communication and to help them gain experience working both individually and collaboratively in designing documents. This course also provides instruction in using software programs for document design.

ENGL 7090: Topics in Technical and Professional Communication

Students enrolling in this seminar course explore various topics related to the field of technical and professional communication. The focus of the course varies annually, depending on the interests of the professor and student demand. Previous topics have included proposal and grant writing, the correlation between science and public policy, biotechnology, usability and writing in the health professions.

ENGL 7910: Practicum in Technical and Professional Communication

This course offers instruction in the practical and theoretical dimensions of workplace writing and design activity. Toward that end, this course incorporates two principle components. The first is a 60-hour internship in which students work for a professional client in a local organization. The second is a weekly class meeting where students convene to discuss course readings, analyze the function and production of workplace documents, and, generally, refine the ways in which they engage with writing as a socio-cultural practice and a situated rhetorical activity. Combined, these foci will enable students to investigate and assess how writing, and written genres more broadly, mediates activity in and across different professional settings and workplace practices.

Coordinated Minor

Along with the four required courses, MTPC students take three elective courses in English and a three-course minor. The minor can be fulfilled with English courses or courses from other departments. Below are some suggestions for elective courses in English and for courses from other departments.

Suggestions for Courses Offered in the English Department

Besides the four required courses, three other MTPC courses are available:

  • ENGL 7020: The Pedagogy of Technical and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7030: Studies in Technical and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7090: Topics in Technical and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7910: Practicum in Technical and Professional Communication

These courses are offered every two years; at least one is available during each academic year.

Courses in linguistics, rhetoric, and composition are often useful electives, depending on your interests:

  • ENGL 6840: Modern Grammars
  • ENGL 7040: Composition: Issues and Approaches
  • ENGL 7050: Studies in Composition
  • ENGL 7250: English Language Learning and Development
  • ENGL 7270: The Structure of English
  • ENGL 7280: Studies in Linguistics
  • ENGL 7300: Rhetoric Theory and Practice

Suggestions for Courses Offered in Other Departments

The courses listed here are suggestions only. See the website for each department for a longer and more up-to-date list.

Communication

  • COMM 7230: Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 7300: Approaches to Studying Language and Social Interaction
  • COMM 7410: Development of Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 7480: Seminar in Organizational Communication

And many more–There are courses in media not listed.

Computer Science

  • COMP 6000: Web Application Development

Economic & Community Development Institute Graduate Minor
Auburn University's ECDI program offers the state's only graduate minor in economic development. Students should visit the ECDI website to learn more and determine which courses have prerequisites. Courses include:

  • POLI 7700: Economic Development and Competition
  • AGEC 7110: Agricultural Economic Development
  • RSOC 7620: Sociology of Community
  • BUSI 7130/7136: Strategic Analysis and the Competitive Environment (prerequisite–departmental approval)
  • CPLN 6000: History and Theory of Urban Form

Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology

Adult Education

  • ADED 7050: Methods of Teaching in Adult Education
  • ADED 7060: Curriculum and Program Planning in Adult Education
  • ADED 7640: Workforce Education

Educational Media

  • EDMD 6000: Instructional Technology for Teaching and Learning
  • EDMD 7000: Instructional Design and Development
  • EDMD 7010: Instructional and Information Technologies

Educational Research, Measurement, and Analysis

  • ERMA 7200/06: Basic Methods in Educational Research
  • ERMA 7210: Theory and Methodology of Qualitative Research
  • ERMA 7220: Applied Qualitative Research (prerequisite–7210)
  • ERMA 7300/06, 7310/16, 8320/06 Design and Analysis in Education I, II, and III (prerequisite–7200)
  • ERMA 8100: Program Evaluation
  • ERMA 8200: Survey Research

Master in Public Administration courses
The director suggests that you might be interested in anything except courses about budgeting. Be sure to check for prerequisites.

Last Updated: October 29, 2013