Certificate of Technical Writing is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a technical writer or improve your technical writing skills. In this online technical writing course you will learn how to write technical manuals, scientific documents, texts and articles and develop skills to write technical information for a variety of different audiences.
You will discover a range of writing tools and techniques, including illustrations, graphics and captions, and learn how to combine graphics and text. You will also learn the conventions of academic, business and scientific writing, how to write research reports, writing submissions, manuals and instructions and introductory editing. This program is ideal for those working in a technical field, from consultants and teachers to scientists and engineers.
Unit 1 - Scope and nature of technical writing
Nature and scope
Quality of information
Nature of language
Characteristics of technical writing
Unit 2 - Presentation of technical writing
Basic parts of a document (written text, images, white space)
Types of images (tables, charts, graphs, photos, drawings)
Captions and labels
Main elements (front matter, body, end matter)
Creating an index
Elements of different types of technical documents (references, texts, journals, reports, etc)
Unit 3 - Matching style and content to the audience
Writing for an audience
Jargon, gender neutral writing
Using simple sentences, passive or active language
First, second or third person
Editing, proof reading
Unit 4 - Planning: developing a logical structure or format
Creating a technical document
Research the document; gather information
Plan; decide on the format
Write; create an outline and then write the first draft
Verify; check the accuracy of what you have written
Revise; amend the document before
Writing a first draft
Unit 5 - Collaborative writing
Working in a team
Tasks and roles
Strategies for collaboration
Using email effectively
Unit 6 - Writing technical articles for periodicals
Writing for periodicals
Writing descriptions and specifications
Unit 7 - Writing manuals and procedures
Writing instructions and procedures
Unit 8 - Writing project proposals
What is a proposal?
Proposal categories (solicited and unsolicited)
Model for writing proposals
The stop format
Unit 9 - Writing project reports
Types of reports
Elements of a formal report
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.