Technical Report Writing
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Technical Report Writing

An interactive course that focuses on practical skills. Taught by a leading Psychologist, University Lecturer & Author
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Created by Tony Buon
Last updated 6/2020
English
Current price: $20.99 Original price: $29.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 21 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to write a professional technical report
  • Drafting, structure, language, layout, design and production
  • Grammar, readability and writing in plain English
Requirements
  • none, but suitable for graduates and students
Description

Many professionals have difficulty in expressing ideas on paper which means that useful concepts may never be fully understood or valued. Effective report writing, the exchange of information, views, opinions, and decisions between people at all levels, internally and externally, make a vital contribution to organisational success.

This 17 session course aims to present a comprehensive overview of the essential elements of effective technical report writing and help delegates develop the practical skills required to write successfully, for an internal or external audience. It will teach the fundamental skills for technical report writing.

There are many downloadable resources provided including book chapters, quizzes, forms, activities, links and PowerPoint slides.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

1. Appreciate the importance of technical writing skills necessary in a professional context

2. Understand the stages in the preparation process of technical reports

3. Demonstrate the ability to pitch technical reports at the level appropriate to the intended audience/reader

4. Identify the essential features of reports, including format, linguistic and grammatical accuracy along with the choice and application of graphics

5. Apply the above principles to the production of effective professional, technical reports

Who this course is for:
  • This course is suitable for anyone who writes technical reports
  • You could be a new graduate, a student or a professional who needs to refresh your skills
  • If you have struggled to prepare a professional technical report that demonstrates your professionalism, this is the course for you.
Course content
Expand all 19 lectures 02:18:53
+ Writing Technical Reports: Course Introduction
3 lectures 22:44

This is the introduction to the course

Preview 05:23

This is the first session of the course. It provides definitions and explains why we write reports. It also provides you with an example of poor technical writing and presents ten rules for good report writing.

Preview 13:04

A brief test of your existing writing skills. Download the PDF file to complete this session.

A quick test of your writing skills
04:17
+ Planning and Structuring Your Report
3 lectures 26:01

In this video, we look at how to start planning your report. We also look at the importance of audience (your reader) and there is a practical activity using Handout 3 and your own sample report.

Session 3: Planning your report
06:01

In this session, we will be looking at the important things you need to do before you start writing. This included timing, key messages and selecting data and materials.

Session 4: Formatting and structuring a technical report
07:54

In this section, we look at the sections needed in a "typical" technical report.

Session 5: The sections of your technical report
12:06

A brief quiz to test what you have learnt in this section of the course

Section 2 Quiz
5 questions
+ Drafting your report and design issues
3 lectures 20:35

When you complete this session you will understand the importance of drafting when writing your technical report

Session 6: The use of drafts
09:01

When you complete this session you will understand how to use graphics and illustrations effectively

Session 7: Illustrations and graphics
06:13

In the last session for Section Four, you will learn how to complete your final edit

Session 8: The final edit (Part 1)
05:21
+ Final Edit Continued: Grammar, spelling, readability & writing in plain English
3 lectures 30:07

When you complete this session you will understand how to write in plain English

Session 9: Writing in plain English
06:54

By completing this session you will learn about the use of jargon and acronyms.  We will also explore design issues such as the use of fonts, and why you should not use "big words" when writing.

Preview 09:41

When you complete this session you will understand the key issues about spelling, punctuation, and grammar,

Session 11: Spelling, punctuation, and Grammar
13:32

A brief quiz to test what you have learnt in this section of the course

Section 4 Quiz
5 questions
+ Proofreading and summaries
3 lectures 19:34

In this session, you will learn how to proofread your document.

Session 12: Proofreading methods
09:34

By completing this session you will know the difference between a "Summary" and an "Executive Summary"

Session 13: Summaries
05:43

A brief introduction to the activity on summaries, using your own report(s)

Preview 04:17
+ Presenting your final report
2 lectures 11:51

By completing this session you will learn how to prepare your printed report so that it is read.

Session 14: Printed presentation
05:48

In this session, you will learn how to verbally present your finished report.

Session 15: Verbal presentation
06:03

A brief quiz to test what you have learnt in this section of the course

Section 6 Quiz
5 questions
+ Course summary and review
2 lectures 08:01

This is the summary session for the course.

Session 16: Course summary
03:01

The final session for this course.

Session 17: Course review, ongoing learning and your final activity
05:00