Professional Writing and Technical Communication

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English 380

English 380 simulates the writing and editing processes used in the computer industry by asking students to write a manual documenting a software product, usually Microsoft Word, for a particular audience. Students are introduced to principles of task-oriented software documentation and page design.

You can expect to ...

  • learn writing and editing processes commonly used in the computer industry
  • become a more adept user of Microsoft Word
  • write a 20-25-page manual that documents a software product
  • learn basic principles of page design and information hierarchy

3 credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 379 (Engl 379 and 380 may be taken concurrently with permission of instructor)

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380 course website (2018)
380 course website (2017)
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