This unique workshop concentrates on the special skills needed by technical people to ensure their writing has a positive impact on their readers. It provides you with the complete process for planning, writing, and editing technical documents, including assessing the needs of users, selecting document formats, and making effective use of graphics.

Who should attend?

Anyone in a technical profession who needs to write reports, including IT staff and engineers.

Benefits

You will be able to:

  • Use the writing process to compose effective technical documents
  • Design technical documents appropriate for specific audiences and writing situations
  • Apply conventions of technical documents to original compositions
  • Apply the conventions of Standard English to all written documents

Learning Objectives

  • Learn techniques to tailor information to your reader
  • Identify the features of and differences between various types of technical documents
  • Become a more critical editor of technical documents 

Course Outline

Essential Elements of Technical Writing

  • Fundamentals of effective technical writing – The 5Cs
  • Rhetorical awareness and user-centred design
  • POWER writing process
  • Battling writer’s block

Understanding your reader

  • Different audiences
  • Building information about your readers
  • Reader analysis chart
  • Audience types and level of expertise

Document design

  • Documentation plans
  • Building outlines
  • Headings and Table of contents
  • Indexing

Writing clear and concise technical documents

  • Plain English
  • Active and passive sentences
  • Concise sentences
  • Avoiding redundancy and logic gaps
  • Writing better headings

Presenting information clearly

  • Bullet pointing
  • Presenting information clearly
  • Using diagrams
  • Selecting diagrams

Editing and reviewing

  • Readability statistics using Microsoft Word
  • Ensuring clarity and conciseness
  • Technical Language
  • Giving definitions
  • Improving grammatical accuracy
  • Editing process

Guidelines and formats for technical documents

  • Purpose and structure of reports
  • Sections of a report
  • Titles and abstracts in reports
  • Proposals versus reports
  • Purpose and sections of a proposal   

Action Plan

 

Course information

Public Training Dates 2018

16-17 May | other dates to follow

Length: 2 days

Venue: British Council Learning Hub

Maximum group size: 16

Registration Fee: Php 12,500.00 (VAT inclusive) per participant