Introduction to Technical Writing for Industry


Full Description
If you want to become a technical writer, or if you have just become a technical writer and wonder what the job and the profession may involve, this course will introduce you to an exciting and rewarding career in technical communication. You’ll learn what tasks you will do, how your work fits into the organization’s process, and where the field is headed. 

Dig in and get right into planning, writing, editing, and testing – the key activities in a technical communicator’s day. Each lesson focuses on a specific area of technical communications and you will receive information, resources, questions and assignments geared towards the specific area.

You can email any questions, thoughts, or concerns you may have at any time. After your writing assignment has been completed and submitted, it will be reviewed and returned with comments. The course is designed to help you become a professional technical communicator so I invite you to ask any questions that occur to you along the way.


Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…
  • Identify tasks and job titles in the profession of technical communication.
  • Write and edit step by step instructions.
  • Organize a set of procedures.
  • Articulate the levels of edit.
  • Analyze and edit a document following the recommendations in a style guide.
  • Identify key components of an information plan, and content specification.
  • Analyze an audience.
  • Perform a task analysis.
  • Identify key activities in user-centered design.
  • Perform user testing on a procedure.
  • Identify the key emotional competences for outstanding performance.
  • Define key terms used in technical communication.


Assessment:
Your progress will be assessed in several ways:
  • Through instructor evaluation of written work.
  • Through self quizzes.
  • Through instructor comments on your reports of activities that you undertake.
  • In-depth responses from the instructor on your weekly work.
  • A final exam.

Contact Hours: 30