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Technical Writing - Short Course
Technical writing is different to other forms of writing
Self Paced 20-hour course to help you understand more about writing technical documents.
Other writing may be primarily designed to tell a story or, in a broad sense, to entertain, inform, educate or communicate; technical writing is more about documenting information as a reference i.e. information that is designed to instruct, explain or direct in a clear and concise manner. The purpose of technical writing can be as diverse as preparing a document for work, a journal article or thesis that records the results of a piece of academic research or to simplify more complex information.
Our 20 hour courses are self paced and will help you understand a topic in a short amount of time. You can work through the course when you like- test yourself with mini-tests along the way. There are extra case studies or research you can undertake if you would really like to get into the topic. Once you have completed the lessons and self assessment tasks, there is a final exam undertaken online- you can then download your personalised certificate.
Course Content - What do you learn?
Lesson 1: SCOPE AND NATURE OF TECHNICAL WRITING
What Is Involved?
Examples of Technical Writing
Becoming a Technical Writer
What Characterizes Good Technical Writing?
Where and How Technical Writing is Published
Lesson 2: PREPARING TO WRITE
Define the Task
Clarify Your Writing Goal
Establish a Time Plan
Technical Writing Procedures
The Role of Logic
Some Essential Writing Skills
Planning Your Writing
The Writing Process
A Writing Routine
A Writer’s Equipment
Lesson 3: RESEARCHING YOUR TOPIC
Reasons to Conduct Research
Library and Internet
Evaluate and Select Information
Lesson 4: WAYS TO COMMUNICATE TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Tools for Communicating in Words
Tools for Communicating in Graphics
Illustrations and Captions
Combining Graphics and Text
The Importance of Captions
Computer Tools and Software
Lesson 5: ACADEMIC and BUSINESS CONVENTIONS
Presentation of Assignments
Essays and Reports
Writing Research Papers and Journal Articles
Lesson 6: REFERENCING
Types of Referencing for Different Tasks
Lesson 7: EDITING
Develop a Sharp Understanding of Ambiguity
Causes of Ambiguity
Use Grammar and Punctuation Properly
Writing with Clarity
Common Causes of Confusion
Types of Language
The Editing Process
Lesson 8: WRITING FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES
Writing Research Reports
Writing Manuals/ Instructions/ Guidelines
How does this course work?
You can enrol at any time.
Once you have paid for the course, you will be able to start straight away.
Study when and where you like. Work through at your own pace.
You can download your study-guide to your smart phone, tablet or laptop to read offline.
There are automated self-assessment tests you can complete at the end of each lesson. You can attempt these as many times as you wish and each time, upon completion, you can see your results. You will need internet access to complete the self assessment tests.
At the end of the course, you are presented with a large assessment which can be attempted online, anywhere, anytime. If you achieve a 60% pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of completion with your name on it. If you do not achieve a 60% pass rate, you can contact us to re-sit your exam ( email- [email protected] )
Contact us at anytime if you have any issues with the course - [email protected]
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Technical Writing - Short Course