How to Use Information Tables in Tech & Business Writing
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How to Use Information Tables in Tech & Business Writing

Display information in well-constructed tables for better communication at work and maximum positive user experience...
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Last updated 4/2018
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 28 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create tables correctly and proficiently in a document to create a positive user experience.
Requirements
  • Students should know how to read and write in English.
  • Students should have a Windows PC or Mac computer.
  • Students should have Microsoft Office or equivalent office suite installed on their machines.
Description

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This course is NOT about how to manipulate Excel tables and apply Excel functions to numeric data. 

It is about DISPLAYING INFORMATION in your technical or business document for maximum positive user experience.

Tables that are constructed well help the users understand and absorb information faster and retain it longer.

The course covers topics like

  • The 9 main principles of good table construction

  • How to name tables properly

  • How to construct tables for tabular data

  • How to apply the "parallel construction" principle when designing a table

  • How to convert chunks of hard-to-read text into easy-to-understand tables

  • And more...


    The course is ideal for 

  • writers

  • managers

  • students

  • office workers

  • engineers 

  • or anyone who creates content and wants to display it in a compact and user-friendly manner. 

The course come with 

  • 11 LESSONS

  • 5 QUIZZES

  • 7 EXERCISE and SOLUTION sheets, and 

  • accompanying PDF downloads to test your knowledge.

  • Free WEEKLY UPDATE of writing tips, ideas, and tutorials

  • And Udemy's 30-day No-Questions-Asked Money-Back guarantee

BENEFITS

The table construction principles explained in this course will help you communicate better with your target audience and thus increase your productivity and profitability. 

AUTHOR

Ugur Akinci Ph.D. is a professional writer who worked for Fortune 100 companies since 1998, creating thousands of documents that use the same successful table-construction principles explained here.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner technical and business writers who are writing documents, reports, presentations, and technical guides.
Course content
Expand 11 lectures 57:44
+ Introduction
11 lectures 57:44

This course is about how to DISPLAY information trapped in long text blocks and paragraphs and how to make them accessible and useful for your readers. The course is NOT about how to manipulate Microsoft Excel tables and apply quantitative techniques to numeric data.

Preview 01:58

Here are five main principles of information tables for your technical or business documents. When applied, they create a positive user experience. Apply all of them for creating tables that your readers can read, understand, and remember easily. 

NOTE: Don't forget to download the EXERCISE  PDF file (with its EXCEL sheet) attached to this lesson. After you complete the exercise, check your answer against the SOLUTION PDF file (which again comes with its related Excel sheet for your convenience).

Preview 08:39

Here are the last four main principles of information tables for your technical or business documents. When applied, they create a positive user experience. Apply all of them for creating tables that your readers can read, understand, and remember easily. 

NOTE: Don't forget to download the EXERCISE  PDF file (together with its EXCEL sheet) attached to this lesson. After you complete the exercise, check your answer against the SOLUTION PDF file (which again comes with its related Excel sheet for your convenience).

Tables - Main Principles (2)
07:07

An easy-to-understand table should be neither too simple nor too complex. One should try to construct tables of "medium complexity" for maximum user comprehension and retention. 

Medium Complexity
1 question

Test your knowledge of human attention span.

Attention Span
1 question

Simplest tables are those with only one or two variables. Watch this video to understand the relationship between variables, on the one hand, and the rows and columns of a table, on the other. 

NOTE: Don't forget to download and read the PDF sheet attached to gain a better understanding of different table types.

Tables - Main Types
04:53

There is a good and a bad way to name (or title) a table. Watch this short video to learn how to give descriptive titles to your tables. 

NOTE: Don't forget to download and do the EXERCISE attached to this lesson and then check your answer against the SOLUTION sheet.

Naming Tables
03:04

Test your knowledge of how to name tables properly.

Naming Tables
1 question

Reformatting text as a table is yet another basic technique to cut down on the number of unnecessary words and convoluted and confusing paragraphs. Watch this video to learn how to display and summarize text in the form of an easy-to-understand table for maximum user comprehension. 

NOTE: Don't forget to download and do the EXERCISES attached to this lesson and then check your answer against the SOLUTION sheets.

Reformating Text as a Table
07:51

All technical and business writers must know how to create tabular data tables, especially if they are using the powerful PIVOT TABLE feature of Microsoft Excel. Watch this video to learn how to construct a tabular table. 

NOTE: Don't forget to download and do the EXERCISE attached to this lesson and then check your answer against the SOLUTION sheet. An EXCEL sheet is also attached for your convenience.

Tables with Tabular Data
03:56
Tables with Tabular Data
1 question

When your main variables (sets) have sub-variables (subsets), it's better to create a new indented column for the subset to make the table more readable. Watch this video to learn how. 

NOTE: Don't forget to download and do the EXERCISE attached to this lesson and then check your answer against the SOLUTION sheet. An EXCEL sheet is also attached for your convenience.

Indenting Columns for Subsets
04:25

Tables with "parallel construction" are easier to read and remember. Watch this video to learn how you can construct great tables with parallel construction. NOTE: Don't forget to download and do the EXERCISE attached to this lesson and then check your answer against the SOLUTION sheet.

Tables with Parallel Construction
04:24

Information presented in tables with parallel construction are easier to read and remember.

Tables with Parallel Construction
1 question

Here are eight specific examples of the way you can use information tables in your technical documents. NOTE: Don't forget to download and do the EXERCISE attached to this lesson and then check your answer against the SOLUTION sheet.

Using Tables in Technical & Business Writing
07:04

Apply these principles to make sure your tables are easy read, understand, and remember, creating a superior and pleasant user experience. NOTE: Don't forget to download the TABLE CHECKLIST attached to this lesson for your convenience and easy reference.

CONCLUSION - A checklist of proper table use in technical writing
04:23