Technical Communication, Bachelor of Science
If technical advances are to live up to their potential and actually benefit people, then highly complex technical content must be made comprehensible and viable with target group appropriate communication.
The quality of communication between users of technology and its developers will, in the future, be one of the most important benchmarks with regard to measuring the quality of technical advances. That which is not geared towards users and is not understood by them, won't be bought, supported or accepted and it won't receive political representation. In short: Whatever is not user-friendly will not be used!
This fact is immediately understood when thinking about those technical developments, whose advantages are not entirely obvious at first glance. For instance, the German energy transition plan is certainly viable from a technical point of view, but only specific target group apropriate communication can lead to its general acceptance and to the political will to make it happen.
This crucial junction, where technology and people come together, is the work-place of professionals with technical as well as communication science know-how. Since problems with technology-related communication can only be solved in interdisciplinary dialog, these specialists have to be well-versed in both worlds of thought – humanistic and technical/scientific – in order to be able to act in a confident manner. They use their knowledge and skills to process technical content for a diverse target audience and for different media and tasks, conveying everything in a way that is specifically geared towards the respective target group and medium.
Unique throughout Germany, RWTH's Technical Communication course of study offers students an interdisciplinary program of study that delivers an excellent education by combining the humanities on one hand with engineering aspects on the other. The structure and orientation of this course of study is based on giving the two subjects – Communication Sciences and Technical Science – equal weight, the latter being subdivided into three different disciplines:
- Fundamentals of Computer Science: The subject Fundamentals of Computer Sciences provides students with the skills to analyze, design, and implement information processing systems.
- Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering: As a classical form of engineering, Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering focuses on the development, production, and operation of technical facilities and products on the basis of physical fundamentals.
- Fundamentals of Materials Engineering: The exploration, manufacturing, and processing of materials sit at the focus of Fundamentals of Materials Engineering. This ranges from the analysis of nanostructures to the development of highly complex forming techniques to the manufacturing of large building components.