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CPTC Foundation Syllabus,1 Introduction 3,2 Foundation Qualification 3. 2 1 Purpose of the Foundation Qualification,2 2 Target Audience. 2 3 High Level Performance Definition of a Successful Foundation. 3 Assessment Model 5,4 Qualification Scope 5,5 Syllabus Presentation 6. CPTC Foundation Candidate Guidance,1 Introduction 17. 2 Structure of the Exam 17,3 CPTC Syllabus Areas Addressed 17.
4 Styles of Questions 17,5 Time Management 19,6 Using the Answer Sheet with the Paper Exam 19. 7 Using the Sample Exam Paper 19,Additional CPTC Information. 1 CPTC Certifications 20,2 Foundation Exam Information 20. 3 ProctorU Pre Exam Checklist 21, 4 Sample Questions for the CPTC Foundation Exam 21. 5 Continuing Education Requirements 25,CPTC Study Guide 2 Foundation Exam.
CPTC FOUNDATION SYLLABUS,1 Introduction, This syllabus is based on the 5th edition of Technical Communication Today by Richard. Johnson Sheehan issued in 2015 by Pearson Education the Text. The primary purpose of the syllabus is to provide a basis for accreditation of people involved with. technical communication It documents the learning outcomes and describes the scope of the. requirements a candidate is expected to meet to demonstrate that these learning outcomes have. been achieved at the Foundation qualification level. The target audience for this document is potential CPTC Foundation candidates. This syllabus informs the design of the exams and provides accredited training organizations with. a more detailed breakdown of what the exams will assess Details on the exam structure and. content are documented in the CPTC Foundation Design. 2 Foundation Qualification,2 1 Purpose of the Foundation Qualification. The purpose of the Foundation qualification is to measure whether a candidate has sufficient. knowledge and comprehension of the Technical Communication Today text to act as an informed. member of a technical writing or a technical communication team within their professional work or. in their organization,2 2 Target Audience, All individuals who are involved in technical communication and informational projects or products. who require a working knowledge of the key principles of technical communication and who need. to know the terminology used and some of the theory behind the practice. The CPTC Foundation qualification is complementary to all APMG disciplines It is particularly. Certified Professional Technical Communicator, relevant to those qualifications where the preparation of proposals technical specifications. technical documentation activity reports or analytical reports is an important element of the. The Foundation Exam and,qualification, 2 3 High Level Performance Definition of a Successful Foundation Candidate.
Its Nine Areas of Competency, The successful candidate should be able to recall recognize and demonstrate comprehension of. the theories concepts models genres and approaches outlined in 9 key areas Specifically s he. should be able to,By CRAIG BAEHR Associate Fellow,Project Planning. Describe strategic planning in a technical communication context. Describe Project,the writingContent,processOrganizational. and how this and Written,genres guide Visual Reviewing. the planning Contentwork Production,of the team s, Explain the importance of tracking the progress of the team s work and how specific technicaland Delivery.
Analysis Development Design Communication Communication and Editing Management. genres can help with this,THE FOUNDATION LEVEL of STC s professional certi. ProjectkeyAnalysis, In addition several panels of subject matter experts were. fication addresses terminology facts concepts and involved throughout the process tasked with the respon. techniques in nine Explain,areas ofhow to develop,disciplinary a reader. expertise profile,These and thesibility,areas implications. to reviewofand,commentwith onglobal,content related to the.
encompass Version audiences, a broad1 0 range of processes practices strategies Page nine categories As a final task a group of subject matter. Discuss how to map information needs to the audience 1. Owner Chief Examiner, and roles that Discuss how to analyze the context in which readers will use an information product writing objectives. Aligned to the,Version work,the technical,OTE Syllabuscommunicators. Standard experts were involved with updating and,and teams they The APM. serve onGroup Limited 2015, and manage Foundation level profes CPTC isfor a Trade.
eachMark of the Society for Technical Communication. This document is not to be re produced or re sold without express permission from The APM Group Ltd. sional certification,ContentinDevelopment,technical communication is designed. for entry level individuals,Describewho the are involved. function in technical, of technical communication What does each area measure. communication and informational,Describe the steps projects or products. and explain the activities typically undertaken in a good technical. who possess working knowledge ofresearch,communication the key principles.
process of the Project Planning,profession and whoExplain the importance. understand of copyrightused,the basic terminology laws as applied. Projecttoplanning,print andfocuses,electronic,on the documents. work involved in planning,and theories CPTC Study Guide. behind methods,specific of primary and secondary research.
practices 3 and managingand how and whycommunication. technical sources are Foundation Exam,work teams and. documented, Foundation certification is required to progress to. higher tiers Practitioner and Expert level certifications will. documents through a lifecycle process It includes process. planning goal setting progress tracking and strategic. 2 3 High Level Performance Definition of a Successful Foundation Candidate. The successful candidate should be able to recall recognize and demonstrate comprehension of. the theories concepts models genres and approaches outlined in 9 key areas Specifically s he. should be able to,Project Planning, Describe strategic planning in a technical communication context. Describe the writing process and how this and genres guide the planning of the team s work. Explain the importance of tracking the progress of the team s work and how specific technical. genres can help with this,Project Analysis, Explain how to develop a reader profile and the implications of working with global. Discuss how to map information needs to the audience. Discuss how to analyze the context in which readers will use an information product. Content Development, Describe the function of technical communication genres.
Describe the steps and explain the activities typically undertaken in a good technical. communication research process, Explain the importance of copyright laws as applied to print and electronic documents. Discuss methods of primary and secondary research and how and why sources are. documented,Organizational Design, Discuss how patterns of arrangement can help you organize information logically. Explain how to use genres to outline and organize documents. Written Communication, Explain the guidelines for writing plain sentences and paragraphs. Explain when and how to use plain and persuasive styles. Explain rhetorical moves for writing content for introductions body sections and conclusions. Discuss the writing guidelines for social networking sites blogs wikis and other electronic. Visual Communication, Explain the use of templates symbols and visual styles in developing effective visual. communication, Discuss the five design principles and how these are used including adapting them for digital.
and electronic products, Discuss special considerations for designing visuals for a presentation. Reviewing and Editing, Describe the levels of editing and how they are applied to technical documents. Describe the different types of usability testing in the review process. Recall common proofreading practices,Content management. Describe the basic features of a website and how to set up and use websites in the. Discuss techniques and practices of collaborative writing and content strategy. Production Delivery, Discuss the importance of checking final production deliverables against project outcomes. and how this is approached,3 Assessment Model,Version 1 0 Page 2 Owner Chief Examiner.
Aligned to Version 2 of the OTE Syllabus Standard, The APM Group Limited 2015 CPTC is a Trade Mark of the Society for Technical Communication. This document is not to be re produced or re sold without express permission from The APM Group Ltd. CPTC Study Guide 4 Foundation Exam,Production Delivery. Discuss the importance of checking final production deliverables against project outcomes. and how this is approached,3 Assessment Model, Each learning outcome in the High Level Performance Definition requires the candidate to. demonstrate, Version 1 0 specific knowledge and skills ForPage each learning outcome a number. 2 of learning,Owner Chief Examiner,Aligned measures.
to Version have,2 of the OTE been identified, Syllabus Standard These are evaluated in the examination in accordance. the Group LimitedDesign, Examination 2015 to confirm thatCPTC is a Tradeoutcome. the learning Mark of thehas,Society for Technical,been achieved Communication. This document is not to be re produced or re sold without express permission from The APM Group Ltd. learning outcome measures are shown as syllabus topics and define the scope of the standard. required to achieve the qualification, A classification widely used when designing assessments for certification and education is. Bloom s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives This classifies learning objectives into six. ascending learning levels each defining a higher degree of competencies and skills Bloom et al. Taxonomy of Educational Objectives The Classification of Educational Goals 1956. APMG have incorporated this into a Learning Outcomes Assessment Model that is then used to. develop each qualification s Assessment Model The model provides a simple and systematic. means for assessing and classifying the learning outcome measures. This structured approach helps to ensure, The appropriate level is identified for a qualification.
A clear delineation in learning level content between different qualifications. Wording is standardized and syllabi are presented consistently across APMG s. qualification portfolio, Exam questions and papers are consistent in their design. The Foundation qualification examines at levels 1 recall and 2 understand. 1 Recall 2 Understand, APMG Learning remember previously grasp the meaning and. Level Definition learned information make sense of. information, Generic APMG Recall terms and key Understand key facts. Headers facts about concepts concepts principles,principles and and procedures from. procedures from the the reference material,For introducing the.
reference material,learning outcome,measures topics in. the Syllabus,Qualification Recall terms and key Understand key. Example facts relating to the concepts strategies,syllabus area guidelines principles. activities and,techniques relating to,the syllabus area. 4 Qualification Scope, The definition of scope for each qualification is presented in the syllabus tables at the end of this.
document Each syllabus area is a unit of learning that relates to the reference material or training. course module,CPTC Study Guide 5 Foundation Exam,The following syllabus areas are identified. TheSyllabus Syllabus,following syllabus areasArea Title. are identified,Syllabus Syllabus Area Title,PP Project Planning and Technical Communications. PAPP Project Analysis and Developing a Reader Profile. Project Planning and Technical Communications,CDPA Content. Project Development,Analysis and Developing a Reader Profile.
CD Organizational Design,Content Development,OD Written Communication. Organizational Design,VC Written,Visual Communication. Communication,RE Visual Communication,Reviewing and Editing. RE Reviewing and Editing,CM Content Management,CM Content Management. PD Production and Delivery,PD Production and Delivery.
5 Syllabus Presentation,5 Syllabus Presentation, For each syllabus area the learning outcome measures are presented in order of learning level. and each syllabus by,introduced area the learning,a standard outcome. header measures,There are presented,is only one in order. header at each of learning,learning levellevel, and are introduced by a standard header There is only one header at each learning. syllabus area The wording in this header is derived from the Assessment Model Each measure level for eachis. specific to area The wording, a learning level in this header is derived from the Assessment Model Each measure.
is specific to a learning level, The scope of each examination is shown by a tick in the respective column to the right of the topic. The scope of each examination is shown by a tick in the respective column to the right of the topic. description,description, Each of the syllabus areas is presented in a similar format as follows. CPTC Study Guide 3 Foundation Exam 1 Introduction This syllabus is based on the 5th edition of Technical Communication Today by Richard Johnson Sheehan issued in 2015 by Pearson Education the Text

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