TCLoc Online Master’s degree Program Format
Why choose TCLoc online master’s degree?
TCLoc is legit.
TCLoc was developed at the University of Strasbourg, a world-renowned French university at the crossroads of Europe.
The TCLoc Master’s program consists of distance learning seminars and two on-campus meetings scheduled over the course of the academic year.
TCLoc is short.
TCLoc is an accelerated, one-year program. Comparable programs take up to 24 months to complete. Can your career wait that long to move to the next level?
Throughout the year, TCLoc students participate in a series of online courses grouped into 9 teaching units (TUs). Seminars consist of a combination of carefully planned teaching materials and exercises. Our instructors host these seminars on the Moodle distance learning platform. In addition, a number of optional, real-time video conferences with instructors allow participants to share any questions or concerns they may have.
TCLoc is flexible.
For those of you who don’t wish or can’t devote enough time within a year to complete the program, you can opt for the semi-accelerated version of the program spread over 17 months.
We let you choose the version that you prefer and that fits your life the best. Both versions will give you access to the same number of courses taught by world-class instructors.
TCLoc is affordable.
What you get when you enroll for TCLoc is a one-year intensive program with world class instructors for less than half of what comparable programs cost elsewhere.
A warm welcome, excellent seminars, and very interesting people. It cannot get any better.
TCLoc Master’s Degree Curriculum
1. TU: Technical Communication – (120 hours)
Analyzing, Conceptualizing and Editing Technical Content:
This course is a theoretical Introduction to technical communication as well as an insight into the daily life of a technical communicator. This course will primarily focus on:
- The legal requirements and international standards for technical documentation
- Professional technical writing, including proofreading and editing
- The principles and concepts of online documentation
- Translation and localization-based project management
- The theory and principles the science of terminology, terminology databases, and terminology management
Information Development, Organization, Standardization and Publishing
The second half of the course will be more practical based, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills within areas like:
- The conception, design and development of information
- Project planning
- Project management
- Single source and cross media publishing
- Defining and ensuring consistent organization of information through structured authoring using DITA (Darwin Information Type Architecture)
- Working with page layout programs, students will address the principles of typography and page layout
2. TU: Localization – (30 hours)
Mastering IT Product Localization
In this part of the course, students will be introduced to the rapidly growing localization industry, focusing in particular on:
- Preparing terminology databases and applying methodological elements
- Creating and managing localization projects
- Quality control methods
- Identifying and overcoming obstacles when managing a multilingual translation project
- Working with CAT tools
- Preparing, aligning, correcting and conducting searches in Translation Memory databases
This course includes the two-week introductory module “Localization Essentials” designed by Google and provided on the Udacity learning platform.
Introduction to Machine Translation
Students will also have the chance to discover and use the latest technology and software in computer assisted translation (CAT) tools used by translation and localisation professionals world-wide.
The CAT tools covered in the course include:
- SDL Trados
3. TU: Web Tools and Languages – (50 hours)
The Web Tools and Web Languages unit will enable students to demonstrate a basic understanding of the tools and languages used in website creation. By the end of the unit, students will be able to identify basic structural relationships between different components of a website, as well as understand the relevance of various web technologies.
The unit will cover:
- Designing, creating, and editing files in HTML, XML, XHTML
- Examining the role of XML in localization
Style Sheet Languages:
- Using CSS and XSL in conjunction with HTML and XML
- Manipulating XML files using XPATH
- Transforming XML files using XSLT
- Getting to grips with server-side scripting and dynamic web page creation
- Basics of Web/database integration and database design using MySQL
- Using tools such as Oxygen XML Editor and Eclipse to stay at the forefront of XML and app development
4. TU: Visual Communication – (45 hours)
As its name suggests, the Visual Communication unit aims to help students master fundamental concepts and theories behind image analysis and visual communication.
Students will also gain basic image production and manipulation skills in Photoshop, InDesign and Affinity Designer.
Students will also have the chance to familiarise themselves with the Adobe FrameMaker introductory course. Using the FrameMaker software, students will be able to better organise and structure multilingual web-based content, including images, text and hyperlinks.
5. TU: Professional Writing – (40 hours)
This unit ensures that students are able to write content for a web-based audience. Students will learn the importance of adapting technical content for search engines like google and Bing with the SEO and Simplified Technical English courses.
Simplified Technical English (STE)
Fundamentals of controlled language use in technical documentation, in accordance with ASD-STE100 specifications.
SEO writing and Content Marketing
Plan, implement and maintain powerful SEO and digital marketing strategies:
- SEO keywords
- Auditing and assessing a website’s performance
- Website functionality and user experience checklists
- On-page SEO
- Off-page SEO
- Developing a social media strategy to support SEO.
- International and multilingual SEO.
6. TU: Project Management – (50 hours)
The project management unit provides students with both a theoretical and practical insight into the role of Project Manager. During this course, students will cover :
- Project management methodology
- Project management tools
- Leadership strategies
- International project management
- Project evaluation and project transfer
7. TU: Advanced Localization – (30 hours)
In this unit, students will take a closer look at localisation, particularly focusing on Localization of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI). This in-depth course will cover many bases, including:
- Analysis of received material and evaluation of tools required for localization
- Integration and maintenance of terminology glossaries
- Linguistic and functional quality assurance
- Adaptation of the user interface, including resizing forms and dialogs
- Graphical user interface localization
- Localization of graphics or other media containing visible text
- Software development environments
- File formats
- Configuration of localization tools
- Visual and formal aids to configure parser modules
- Generation of localized files
8. TU: New Techniques and Technologies – (40 hours)
In this unit, students will get to grips with the principle of Information as a component within Industry 4.0, which includes the Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) et Cloud Manufacturing (CM). They will also learn how to integrate Information 4.0 in order to fulfill the needs of each component, by:
- Understanding the role of content strategy in Information 4.0.
- Learning about writing for robots
- Examining the tools at our disposal to manage Information 4.0
Students will also be introduced to the theory and practical use of Plain Language, which will help the reader to understand information quickly and effectively.
9. TU: Academic Paper and Defense – (10 hours)
This final unit will refresh and help students when researching and writing academic papers. By the end of this unit, students will have gained the necessary tools in order to:
- Conduct a scientific study according to relevant methodological principles
- Evaluate and use diverse academic sources
- Argue in favor of a definite research question
- Choose clear research methodologies
- Analyze collected data to show definite reflection
- Write an academic paper