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  • Technical Communication Graduate Handbook

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    Program Introduction ....................................................................................................................................... 4

    M.A. Technical Communication ................................................................................................................. 5

    Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication .................................................................................. 5

    Learning Outcomes for Graduate Programs in Technical Communication ........................................ 5

    Contact Information ..................................................................................................................................... 5

    Application and Admission .............................................................................................................................. 6

    Application Process for M.A. in Technical Communication .................................................................. 6

    Application Process for Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication ....................................... 6

    Application Process for Non-Degree Seeking Students .......................................................................... 6

    Graduate Assistantships .................................................................................................................................... 8

    Teaching Assistantship ................................................................................................................................. 8

    Writing Center Assistantships ..................................................................................................................... 8

    How to Apply for Assistantships ................................................................................................................ 9

    For Students Also Applying for Admission .......................................................................................... 9

    For Current MATC Students .................................................................................................................. 9

    Graduate Program Requirements .................................................................................................................. 10

    Program Requirements for M.A. in Technical Communication .......................................................... 10

    Program Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication ............................... 10

    Electives Taken Outside the Technical Communication Program ...................................................... 11

    Internships ........................................................................................................................................................ 12

    Technical Communication Graduate Faculty .............................................................................................. 13

    Graduate Advisor and Supervisory Committee .......................................................................................... 14

    Technical Communication Advisors ........................................................................................................ 14

    Reporting Problems, Concerns, or Issues of Misconduct ......................................................................... 15

    Sexual Misconduct ....................................................................................................................................... 15

    Emergency Resources ................................................................................................................................. 16

    Boise State University Resources .............................................................................................................. 16

    Boise State University Non-Discrimination Policy ................................................................................ 17

    Equal Access to Students with Disabilities .............................................................................................. 17

    Completing Your Program Development Form ......................................................................................... 19

    Preparing the MATC Portfolio ...................................................................................................................... 20

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    How Do I Submit My Portfolio? .............................................................................................................. 20

    Who Reads My Portfolio? .......................................................................................................................... 20

    What Do I Put in My Portfolio? ............................................................................................................... 20

    Overview .................................................................................................................................................. 20

    Rsum ..................................................................................................................................................... 21

    Samples of Your Work .......................................................................................................................... 21

    How Will I Schedule My Presentation to Students? .............................................................................. 21

    How Will I Get Feedback from the Outside Reader? ........................................................................... 22

    Portfolio Development Timeline .................................................................................................................. 22

    Before Your Final Semester ....................................................................................................................... 22

    Start of Your Final Semester ..................................................................................................................... 23

    Graduate Course Rotations ............................................................................................................................ 25

    Fall Courses .................................................................................................................................................. 25

    ENGL 511 Rhetorical Theory for Workplace Writers (3 credits) ................................................... 25

    ENGL 513 Technical Editing (3 credits) ............................................................................................ 25

    ENGL 516 Topics in Print Document Production (3 credits) ........................................................ 25

    ENGL 535 User Experience (3 credits) .............................................................................................. 25

    ENGL 536 Proposal Development (3 credits) .................................................................................. 25

    ENGL 590 Internship (1-3 credits) ..................................................................................................... 26

    ENGL 592 Portfolio (1 credit) ............................................................................................................. 26

    Spring Courses ............................................................................................................................................. 26

    ENGL 512 Technical Rhetoric and Applications (3 credits) ........................................................... 26

    ENGL 515 Visual Rhetoric and Information Design (3 credits) .................................................... 26

    ENGL 518 Writing Software Documentation (3 credits) ................................................................ 26

    ENGL 519 Technical Publications Management (3 credits) ............................................................ 27

    ENGL 521 Topics in On-Screen Document Production (3 credits) .............................................. 27

    ENGL 537 Writing for Social Media and Online Communities (3 credits) .................................. 27

    ENGL 590 Internship (1-3 credits) ..................................................................................................... 27

    ENGL 592 Portfolio (1 credit) ............................................................................................................. 27

    Graduate Course Planner ................................................................................................................................ 28

    For Students Who Will Start Coursework During a Fall Semester:..................................................... 28

    For Students Who Will Start Coursework During a Spring Semester: ................................................ 29

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    The technical communication program at Boise State University offers two options for graduate-

    level study:

    M.A. in Technical Communication

    Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

    At Boise State, we see technical communication as a humanistic discipline; that is, we approach it as

    a set of principles, tools, and practices that enable people to communicate with each other for

    mutual benefit. Technical communication is a major means by which people navigate through a

    high-tech world, but our emphasis always remains on the needs of people.

    This means that students in the techn