The Technical Writing course will teach you how to prepare reports about subjects that require technical explanations, analyses, data presentation, and information understood by technical readers. The Technical Writing course teaches the business writer how to present information to technical readers so they understand the concepts and can apply them in their work. The course is not intended to explain technical subjects to non-technical readers. The Business Writing Skills course and Writing Technical Explanations for Non-technical Readers course teach the skills required to explain any concepts to non-technical readers using clear, straightforward, simple explanations.
The online lessons contain clear explanations and many examples. You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. The instructor evaluates the activities and examinations, comments on skills learned and skills that still need polish, coaches you through learning the skills, and certifies your competence. You receive a graduation certificate for framing at the end of the course.
You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period.
Lesson 1: The client and audience
Lesson 2: Objectives and specifications for the technical report
Lesson 3: Methods of selecting information
Lesson 4: Formats for the major types of technical documents
Lesson 5: Presenting technical explanations clearly
Diagnostic 2: Writing clearly
Lesson 6: Organizing
Lesson 7: Using guideposts for clarity
Diagnostic 3: Synthesizing and organizing
Lesson 8: Writing clearly
Lesson 9: Using visual devices
Diagnostic 4: Complete sample report
Lesson 10: Editing
Lesson 11: Writing concisely
Lesson 12: Format and publishing
Lesson 13: Proofreading
Diagnostic 5: Final complete report