Intermediate Technical Writing

Rules - how to apply them, when to break them

Obeying the rules makes communication clear. Editing improves the style by making our work concise. Attention to detail makes our work concrete. With clear, concise, and concrete principles, this course builds into documents, style, tone, and the editing process.

  • Clear

    There is no place for ambiguity in technical communication..

  • Concise

    The writing and presentation supports the technical content – never getting in its way.

  • Concrete

    Technology is specific and detailed - technical communication must always match technical rigor – there’s no place for “etc.”

Technical Writing for Intermediates Course Goals

CO1Explain effective technical communication for delivery in different formats.
CO2Analyze technical communications for problems and provide solutions.
CO3Develop different types of technical communications.
CO4Use a process approach for writing technical communications.
CO5Produce technical communications that meet academic and professional expectations.
CO6Demonstrate ability to train yourself on targeted writing skills.

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Course Description & Teaching Methods

The course addresses the fundamentals of communicating technical information that is clear, concise, and concrete to a wide variety of stakeholder types.

The course is based on two key assumptions. First, communication is rhetorical: effective communicators plan, draft, and revise formal documents and presentations with respect to their specific audiences and purposes. Second, communication practices are guided by convention and so change over time and differ between disciplines. Becoming an effective technical communicator requires an ability to do more than memorize rules: you must also learn to recognize principles and the variables that condition a given communication event against an ever-evolving cultural landscape.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over a thousand engineers have succeeded 
using our online courses.

It was very helpful. I used the “Cheat Sheet” often during the test for the common equations. It also helped me to decide to not take the Transportation portion of the test! I was trying to decide between Water Resources and Transportation and did not realize how little of the Transportation I knew until I went through the course. I learn best when I can hear and watch an instructor, so being able to review with someone walking me through it was invaluable to me. I also liked that I could stop and start the lessons whenever I wanted. That let me get a few problems in during lunch or right after work without messing up my family schedule too much.
Ryan Hammett P.E. – Mycoskie McInnis Associates