Foundations of Technical Writing
Asynchronous + Interactive sessions
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- You need a computer (with at least 8GB RAM and 100GB free space) Linux, Mac or Windows
- Access to the Internet
- English language proficiency
- Experience in blockchain or project management is useful but not necessary
This course teaches the basics or foundations of technical writing, and focuses on identifying types of technical writing, how to write reader-centred documents, the role of language and ethics in technical communication, and how graphics and visuals can enhance technical documents.
Upon successful completion of this course, learners should be able to:
- Define technical writing.
- Identify the audience for technical documents.
- Differentiate between technical writing and other types of writing (academic and business)
- Define the role of ethics in technical writing
- Create and identify various types of technical documents found in a technical workplace (descriptions, definitions, processes, instructions)
- Create grammatically correct “reader-centred” documents
- Identify linguistic terms such as jargon, and which is most suitable for technical documents to address audience needs.
This course consists of 5 segments and takes approximately one week to complete each module. Modules include:
Week 1: What is Technical Writing
Week 2: The Reader-Centred Approach
Week 3: Technical Definitions and Descriptions
Week 4: Process Descriptions and Written Instructions
Week 5: Graphics and Visuals
The course is designed for anyone that wants to learn the process of technical writing in the office/workplace.
WHY THIS COURSE?
Technical writing in English serves as an essential tool in communicating or conveying one’s ideas, views, observations, instructions, and suggestions in a more logical and technical manner. Technical writing in English, in the field of engineering, requires specific registers, structure, and definite sets of vocabulary. Technocrats and professionals need to have good technical writing skills in the preparation of reports, presentations, documentations, etc. Technical writing in English is used for a specific purpose, and hence it needs to be precise, relevant, and without redundancy. Skills such as writing instructions and inferring data from graphs and charts require the above. This paper highlights the above ideas with exact examples, besides explaining the various writing skills required in the field of engineering.
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