Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Technical Communication for Design Projects

TCM 41500 / 1-3 (var) Cr.

This integrated course applies advanced principles and theories of technical communication in a senior design project. Students will create and manage effective oral and written communication for workplace contexts.


By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Describe and use successful interviewing skills to conduct primary research with customers and subject matter experts
  • Use and interpret verbal and non-verbal cues in communication situations
  • Analyze workplace technical and non-technical audiences, communicative abilities, and needs
  • Communicate clearly with a client to manage a project that addresses an industry need
  • Define, analyze, and communicate project problems, risks, and potential solutions
  • Identify and analyze potential ethical issues when presenting data in workplace technical communication
  • Use clear visuals and descriptions to summarize data in workplace technical communication
  • Compare and contrast data both in writing and orally
  • Work effectively in teams
  • Write effective progress reports to update outstanding issues, concerns, and accomplishments
  • Use advanced features in Word and PPT to create professional technical communication products
  • Write and present an effective final design report for relevant technical and non-technical audiences
Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs)

1-Core Communication Skills

2-Critical Thinking