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Technical report writing 'live' online course

This is a 10-hour e-class and has been designed over 1.5 days. The aim of this e-class is to enable participants to write effective technical reports.

These reports play an important part in the life of many professional people: they are a link between writer, colleagues and clients worldwide.

Reading and writing reports occupies a considerable proportion of working time, particularly for senior staff.

Yet many professionals (including those in engineering and technology) lack confidence in their report-writing skills and feel that their credibility suffers because their reports are not a fair reflection of their expertise.

By attending this e-class you will learn how to:

  • Write effective technical reports that achieve their aims
  • Relate to their target readers
  • Select the right content for their readers
  • Select the best length and design for the report
  • Present their findings in a clear manner
  • Understand the importance of writing an accurate, concise, and straightforward report
  • Create good summaries
  • Include accurate references
  • Include appropriate well labelled diagrams
  • Understand the benefits of independent proof reading

Who should attend?

All those aiming to improve their technical writing skill, including Engineers, Scientists, Mathematicians, Statisticians, Data providers, Scientific journalists.

E-class overview

This 10-hour course has been designed over 1.5 days it can be delivered virtually or face-to-face.

Introduction and defining your purpose

  • The basics of communication
  • Understanding what your starting point is
  • Identifying the key challenges, you face and the things you find difficult
  • The importance of knowing what you hope to achieve by your report

Gathering information for your audience

  • Understanding who your audience is and what they need to learn
  • Identifying the key elements that are relevant
  • Making the correct choice of material
  • Removing distracting information from your message

Deciding on your format

  • Designing your report
  • Sections and sub-sections
  • Appendices
  • References and bibliographies

Writing your report

  • Writing your report into a story
  • The use of paragraphs
  • Clearer, shorter sentences
  • Grammar

The visualisation of data

  • The importance of your visualising data
  • Which type of graphic suits your purpose
  • Where to position graphics
  • How to reference graphs and tables

Finishing the report

  • Summaries and Abstracts
  • Table of Contents
  • Title page
  • Appearance
  • Proof-reading

Timings for Day 1: 09:15 - 16:00

Timings for Day 2: 09:15 - 12:45