Professional Technical Writing for Nontechnical Writers
In this course, you learn about and practice essential technical writing skills such as adapting documents for specific audiences; formatting with headings, lists, notices, highlighting, tables and images; crafting a simple readable, engaging writing style; adding images and tables to your documents; cross-referencing images, tables, and related information; and creating and including standard content for reports and instructions.
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In this course, you:
- describe the audience (and its type) for your technical documents, and adapt content and writing style that specific audience
- work over your rough draft to achieve a simple readable, engaging writing style
- create meaningful, task-oriented headings in your documents
- when necessary, format text with bulleted and numbered lists
- add properly formatted and positioned images and tables with titles, captions, and labels as necessary
- in instructions, use notices for situations involving danger to people, minor nonfatal injury to people, damage to equipment or data, failure of the procedure, or emphasis or exceptions
- use industry-standard highlighting (bold, italics, alternate font, or color) according to a highlighting scheme that you construct or one that is required
- write introductions to instructions and reports with standard expected content
- include standard expected components of reports, formatted properly
You use links, videos and transcripts of those videos to learn these tasks, e-mail your instructor when you have questions, and send your work to the instructor for review.
Example units from this course:
Instructions writing project guide
Course cost: McMurrey Associates $175 USD. No other purchases necessary.
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Here are the policies for this course:
- You have 93 days to complete the units of this course.
- You are welcome to work ahead of the schedule you see on your schedule page for this course. If you foresee needing extra time, contact email@example.com
- You can choose whether to take this course for a letter grade or pass–fail.
- No refunds will be granted after the third day that you have access to this course.
- Unless results are automatic, your instructor will review, comment on, and return your work within three days of receipt. Expect an e-mail confirmation that your instructor has received your work.
- Your instructor is available many hours per week to answer your questions and provide other help. Setting up an appointment works best.
- The topics in this course are the most important at beginning and intermediate levels. You can request units on other topics; your instructor will consider adding them.
- Your instructor will gladly provide you with a letter describing the quality of your work in this course.
- Your instructor will make reasonable efforts to ensure your success in this course but can make no guarantees concerning your writing or career success outside of this course.
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