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Technical Writing


Technical Writing classesProgram Duration: 3 Months
Course Contact Hours: 170
Student Tuition: $2,500.00

Overview

Technical Writing is a vocation that delivers a wide array of writing options. Our online Technical Writing course prioritizes a reader-centered technique and helps students grasp the essence of writing in the workplace. It leads individuals through the method of generating incredibly effective letters, proposals, emails, memos, documentation, and reports. Students will master effective ways to carry out research and also appropriately cite sources. Guides for persuasive writing as well as strategies for keeping readers’ attention are also explained. Take our online Technical Writing course and discover the skills and know-how you need to launch your writing career today!

Enrolling into our Technical Writing classes will offer students a subscription to Questia! Along with having access to Questia’s credible, scholarly material from over 75,000 full-text books as well as 9 million articles, Questia will even offer students with research tutorials that offer interactive instruction on how to research and write papers.

Prerequisite: None

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the attributes and standards of technical writing.
  • Define techniques for analyzing your readers as well as meeting their needs.
  • Define the steps for conducting research and preparing for technical writing.
  • Identify the approaches for reviewing drafts and managing projects.
  • Identify techniques for establishing document style, voice, and design elements.

Outline

Technical Writing Module 1
Introduction to Technical Writing

  • Workplace Writing
  • Reader-Centered Strategies
  • Communicating Ethically
  • Applying to Jobs
  • Your Resume
  • Interviewing Effectively
  • Defining Communication Goals
  • Reader Profile
  • Writing Context for Readers
  • Identifying Communication Stakeholders
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Technical Writing Module 2
Conducting Research

  •  Useful Communication
  • Organizing Reader’s Tasks
  • Planning Persuasive Strategies
  • How to Focus on Your Readers’ Goals and Values
  • Creating a Favorable Response
  • Research and Writing
  • Documenting Sources
  • Reader-Centered Research Methods
  • Research Using Memory and Creativity
  • Internet Research

Technical Writing Module 3
Developing Effective Styles and Voice

  • Announcing Your Topic
  • Create Clarity, Coherence, and Persuasiveness
  • Describing a Cause and Effect Relationship
  • Creating an Effective, Professional Voice
  • Convey Meaning Clearly and Precisely
  • Motivating Readers to Pay Attention
  • Adapting to Cultural Backgrounds
  • Ending a Communication
  • Defining Goals for the Ending
  • Planning Front and Back Matter

Technical Writing Module 4
Design Elements and Draft Revision

  • Increasing Communication with Graphics
  • Aligning Graphics to Objectives
  • Tables, Graphs, and Charts
  • Photographs and Illustrations
  • Citing Graphics
  • Reader-Centered Design
  • Design Elements of a Communication
  • Designing Grid Patterns
  • Revising Your Drafts
  • Testing Drafts for Usefulness and Persuasiveness

Technical Writing Module 5
Communication Structures and Project Management

  • Creating Communications with a Team
  • Shared Understanding of Team Goals and Procedures
  • Obtaining Commitment and Effort from Team
  • Effective Team Meetings
  • Listener-Centered Presentations
  • Maintaining Listeners’ Attention
  • Managing Client and Service-Learning Projects
  • Project Management Strategy
  • Maintaining a Productive Client Relationship
  • Creating Reader-Centered Websites

Technical Writing Module 6
Styles of Reader Centered Writing

  • How to Use the Appropriate Level of Formality
  • Giving Needed Background Information
  • Reader Centered Writing
  • The Variety of Proposal-Writing Situations
  • Crafting the Major Elements of a Proposal
  • Typical Writing Situations
  • Superstructure for Empirical Research Reports
  • Preparing and Crafting Empirical Research Reports
  • Level of Formality
  • Providing Background Information

Technical Writing Module 7
Writing Situations and Instructions

  • Writing Reader-Centered Feasibility Reports
  • Preparing for Feasibility Reports
  • Sample Feasibility Reports
  • Writing Reader-Centered Progress Reports
  • Typical Writing Situations
  • Tone in Progress Reports
  • Reader-Centered Instructions
  • Processes for Preparing Instructions
  • Crafting the Major Elements of Instructions
  • Webpage and Video Instructions

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Materials Included:

Technical Communication, by Paul Anderson

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  •  Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience.
  • Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware

  • Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
  • Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp(downloadble  from Apple).
  • 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
  • Web Browsers
  • Google Chrome is highly recommended
  • Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
  • Cookies MUST be enabled
  • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses.
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)