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There are 9 lessons in this course:

1. Scope and Nature of Technical Writing
• Nature and Scope
• Quality of Information
• Nature of Language
• Structure
• Characteristics of Technical Writing


2. Presentation of Technical Writing
• Presentation
• Basic Parts of a Document (Written text, Images, White space)
• Headings
• Types of Images (Tables, Charts, Graphs, Photos, Drawings)
• Captions and Labels
• Main Elements (Front Matter, Body, end matter)
• Creating an Index
• Elements of Different types of Technical Documents (References, Texts, Journals, Reports, etc)
• Referencing


3. Matching Style and Content to the Audience
• Writing for an Audience
• Writing Well
• Writing Guidelines (Jargon, Gender neutral writing, Using simple sentences, passive or active language, first, second or third person, etc)
• Spelling, Grammar
• Editing, Proof reading


4. Planning: Developing a Logical Structure or Format
• Creating a Technical Document
• Research the Document; gather information
• Plan; decide on the format
• Write; create an outline and then write the first draft
• Verify; check the accuracy of what you have written
• Revise; amend the document before
• Writing a First Draft


5. Collaborative Writing
• Working in a team
• Tasks and Roles
• Technical Brief
• Strategies for Collaboration
• Style Guide
• Using Templates
• Using Email Effectively


6. Writing Technical Articles for Periodicals
• Writing for Periodicals
• Publisher Specs
• Writing Descriptions and Specifications
• Journal Abstracts


7. Writing Manuals and Procedures
• Writing manuals
• Writing Instructions and Procedures
• Guidelines
• Troubleshooting


8. Writing Project Proposals
• What is a Proposal?
• Proposal Categories (Solicited and Unsolicited)
• Model for Writing Proposals
• Grant Proposals
• The Stop Format


9. Writing Project Reports
• Types of Reports
• Progress Reports
• Completion Reports
• Review Reports
• Regulatory Reports
• Feasibility Reports
• Scientific Reports
• Elements of a Formal Report
• Executive Summaries

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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