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Technical Writing

This course covers the essential planning stages for technical and report writing through to completion of a coherent well-presented document with a consistent approach to language and format.

Aim

The aim of this training is to enable users to have the key steps to produce an outline of the documentation and be able to follow the guidelines for creating documents that get the key messages across in an easy to follow, consistent format.

Objectives

By the end of this course, through successful completion of revision exercises and with reference to notes, you will be able to:

  • Definitions and Scope – list qualities of good business writing
  • Preparation – define a clear purpose, your audience’s needs and interests, collecting data in a systematic way
  • Structure different organising principles, ie top-down versus bottom-up, descriptive versus argumentative.
  • Describe document types and templates – one-page report, procedures, recommendations, finding reports, proposals etc.
  • List elements – from title page, table of contents, executive summary to appendices
  • Describe writing styles – good paragraphs, informative headings, principles and guidelines, simple, clear and concise style, formal versus informal style.
  • Layout and format – attractive and functional layout, ie white spaces, bullet lists, appropriate font, use of tables and figures etc.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wishes to learn the key rules of technical writing and report writing. Suggested audiences are Trainers, Subject Matter Experts, Training and Change Managers.

Pre-Requisites

Basic PC skills and word processing skills (Microsoft Word will be used on the course).

What to Bring

Users are encouraged to use a report or documentation that they are required to produce in the workplace for some of the exercises throughout the course.

Duration

1 day

Price (excluding VAT)

£450 per participant, maximum 6 participants

Delivery Method

Online

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