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Technical Writing


Develop your technical writing skills to become a greater asset in any administrative or management role. While there are no specific prerequisites for the course, you should have a good grasp of the English language, grammar and punctuation. You should also be comfortable using email and the Internet.


Upon successful completion of the Technical Writing program, you will:

  • Understand the differences between academic and technical writing
  • Develop effective research methods
  • Learn to consider the needs and abilities of the audience
  • Know how to incorporate clarity and utility
  • Develop job-hunting and resume-writing skills
  • Become aware of ethical issues in technical writing
  • Employ stylistic methods for effective writing
  • Learn how to work as part of a team

Master writing a variety of technical documents:

  • Create memos, analyses, and reports
  • Compose a professional portfolio
  • Write a series of interview questions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of advanced grammar rules
  • Develop a proposal


This course will improve your understanding and use of the written communications that are highly valued and required of employees in a variety of industries, especially those that rely heavily on written instructions and procedures. Offered in partnership with ed2go.

I. Introduction to Technical Writing
A. Defining Technical Writing
B. Types of Writing
C. Writing Inventory

II. Understanding Your Role as a Technical Writer
A. Ethics
B. Communication Dilemma

III. The Communication Triangle: The Recipe for Establishing Common Ground With the Audience
A. Choosing a Topic
B. Determining the Purpose for Writing
C. Analyzing an Audience
D. Evaluating Common Ground

IV. Types of Technical Correspondence

V. The Seven Principles of Good Writing

VI. Writing as a Process

VII. Preparation: A Way to Generate Ideas

VIII. Research: The Access to Support

IX. Organization: The Key to Logical Paragraph Development and a Coherent Outline
A. Writing Topic Sentences
B. Formulating Supporting Details

X. Rough Draft: From Outline to Paragraphs
A. Writing an Introduction Paragraph
B. Writing Body Paragraphs
C. Writing a Conclusion Paragraph

XI. Revising and Editing
A. Pitfalls to Avoid
B. Practices to Employ

XII. The Final Word on Technical Writing

Method of Instruction



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