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Introduction to Technical Writing


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

Introduction to 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.

Course Structure

Unit : Technical Writing

  • Introduction to technical writing
  • Technical writing and publishing
  • Technical writing structure
  • Defining the task
  • Identifying expectations
  • Clarifying your writing goals
  • Establishing a time plan
  • Technical writing procedures
  • The role of logic
  • Writing content
  • Essential writing skills
  • Planning your writing
  • Writing routines
  • Collaborative writing
  • Researching your topic
  • Conducting research
  • Evaluating and selecting information
  • Writing tools – words
  • Writing tools – graphics
  • Illustrations and captions
  • Technical photography
  • Combining graphics and text
  • Importance of captions
  • Computer tools and software
  • Academic and business conventions
  • Referencing systems
  • Scientific writing
  • Proposals
  • Editing
  • Causes of ambiguity
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Writing with clarity
  • Types of language
  • The editing process
  • Writing for different purposes
  • The audience
  • Legal applications
  • Writing submissions
  • Research reports
  • Writing manuals and instructions


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • 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;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




  • Content and Technical Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Technical Tender Writer
  • Business Analyst
  • Includes 12 months access
  • Full up-front payment only