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Writing Technical Documents & Reports – Training Course Outline
This technical writing course has been designed to build on the skills of Scientists, Engineers, Technicians, Designers and Project Managers who write technical documents or reports.
If your job involves writing any of these…
|Recommendation or guidance reports||Feasibility reports|
|Evaluation reports||Activity reports|
|Project reports||Laboratory or field research documents|
|Technical specifications for products||Technical memos or emails|
|Operating policies and procedures||Papers for professional journals|
…this course is for you.
This course concentrates on the principles and processes involved in communicating technical information effectively, whether to the layman or the expert.
What you will learn on this course
By the end of the course, you will know how to:
- Accurately assess the requirements arising from your brief ndash; and what to do if you don't receive a well-detailed one
- Target your audience and analyse their needs
- Set accurate terms of reference for others providing data
- Gather your data and select the relevant information for your audience
- Structure your writing to maintain the readers’ attention
- Write SMART recommendations
- Design tables and graphs that best support your content
- Edit your draft for maximum impact and polish the final product
Is this course right for me?
Plain Words offers three standard report writing courses:
- Structuring & Writing Reports is designed for delegates with little or no previous report writing experience, who have reached a stage in their careers that require them to start producing written business reports.
- Business & Report Writing for Managers is aimed at delegates who are already writing reports but want to revisit the basics, generally raise their game and ensure they are using best practice techniques. It is also frequently chosen by clients who need to achieve greater consistency from their experienced staff.
- Writing Technical Documents & Reports is a technical writing course designed to build on the skills of Scientists, Engineers, Technicians, Designers and Project Managers who write technical documents or reports. It concentrates on the principles and processes involved in communicating technical information effectively, whether to the layman or the expert.
All three courses address some similar concepts, but the content is pitched differently for each of the intended audiences to take into account their different levels of experience and the documents they write.
How we deliver the Writing Technical Documents & Reports course
It is available as :
Private courses (at your premises or online virtual classrooms)
We adopt a flexible approach so that even our standard courses are tailored to your needs. Our trainers are all professional writers as well as experienced trainers. They use their judgment on the day to adjust the content and pace of the course so that delegates get the training that is right for them. This is done by:
- Discussing your requirements with you before the course
- Assessing the pre-course questionnaires
- Discussing with the delegates at the start of the course their objectives and outcomes
- Checking throughout the day that objectives are being met.
We can also further adapt the course by:
Our open courses in London
We specialise in small class sizes so that you get personal time with the tutor.
We deliver our Writing Technical Documents & Reports course at venues in central London, all easily accessible by public transport. All the rooms have natural daylight, independent air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
If your journey into London means an early start, don’t worry; on your arrival you can have a light and tasty breakfast of fresh bread, pastries, cereals and fruit. Throughout the day there's an endless supply of freshly brewed coffee and speciality teas as well as chilled water, fruit and homemade snacks. Most venues also provide a hot lunch and all can cater to special dietary requirements.
1. A framework for success
- The BASDELL business writing model – a model of the process to create effective technical documents and reports
When you book we send you a questionnaire which we ask you to return to us before you attend the course. This enables our Trainers to assess your needs in advance.
2. Understanding your brief
- What’s the purpose of a technical document or report?
- Assessing the issues and focusing on the essentials
- Setting a clear objective to save you time and effort
- Building on the skills you have
3. Analysing your audience
- Questions you need to ask yourself about your readers
- Producing a clear set of guidelines on what response you want from each reader
- Understanding different readers and giving them what they need—and in their preferred style and format
4. Designing your structure
- The benefits of structuring before you start writing
- Using techniques like mind mapping™ or Word™ Outline View to sequence and structure your material
- Ensuring your structure supports and delivers what you want from your audience
- Breaking the job down into manageable chunks
5. Creating your executive summary
- What is the purpose of the executive summary?
- Why it’s the most important part of your report
- How to structure your executive summary
- What are the most important things to include?
6. Developing your style
- Plain Words’ eight principles for clear writing
- How to keep sentences short and simple – even though the content is technical
- Writing to express not impress!
- How to write in terms your reader will relate to
- How to use variety in your writing without confusing your reader
Want Something a Little Different?
Give us a call today and we will tailor a course to suit you!
7. Writing SMART recommendations
- Why use SMART recommendations?
- Creating Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-framed recommendations
8. When words are not enough
- When and how to use graphics ndash; pictures, screen shots, diagrams, flow charts, tables, graphs, etc.
- How to present numerical data
- Things to check when including illustrations
9. Drafting and polishing your words
- Mindset for drafting – how to avoid writer’s block
- A top-down approach to improving your text
- Ensuring that you achieve maximum impact – things to check when editing your draft
- Common mistakes you can avoid – sentence fragments and run-on sentences
- Merging different writing styles from contributors and ensuring a consistent voice
- Getting the most from your headings
- Hints for proofreading
For the timetable of all courses see the schedule.
To reserve your places you can book a public course, book a private course, call us on +44 (0)1235 60 30 22 or email .