Mission Statement

The MTPC program prepares its graduate students for jobs in the workplace or for admission to PhD programs in Technical and Professional Communication and related fields. Students who graduate from the MTPC program will be prepared to discuss the major theories and ethical considerations (e.g., constraints, scenarios, and uses) addressed by scholars and practitioners of Technical and Professional Communication and apply theoretical frameworks to diverse rhetorical situations. They will also be prepared to use standard tools to design, edit, manage, and evaluate both print and online documents for multicultural and global audiences.

In addition, the MTPC program is committed to furthering research in the discipline of Technical and Professional Communication, to supporting professional organizations in the discipline, and to promoting usable, ethical, and elegant communication for citizens of Alabama.

Learning Goals for the MTPC Program
When they complete this program, students will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Using academic prose, discuss the major theories and ethical considerations addressed by scholars and practitioners of Technical and Professional Communication.
  • Using academic prose, discuss the contribution of rhetorical theory, visual rhetoric, graphic design, cognitive psychology, and reading comprehension to research about document design and apply it to the design of print and online documents.
  • Discuss research on discourse processing, plain language, translation, and other relevant research and apply it to proofreading, copymarking, copyediting, and comprehensive editing of print and online documents.
  • Apply the standard tools (e.g., InDesign, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Word) to designing, editing, managing, and testing for usability and accessibility both print and online documents.
  • Discuss the needs, preferences, and expectations of multicultural and global audiences.

Assessment of the MTPC Program
Each year, MTPC faculty assess the extent to which the program acheived its goals. To carry out this assessment, faculty use a rubric (tested for inter-rater reliability) to evaluate the extent to which students' MTPC portfolios demonstrate the program's learning outcomes. To continue to improve the program, faculty make measured changes to courses based on each year's assessment.

Last Updated: April 14, 2014