This workshop will give you an opportunity to redesign your writing process and technique, along with a fresh perspective on writing technical documents. You’ll hone writing skills that will improve your proficiency with any technical document. You’ll begin by reviewing your writing process and eliminating practices that have caused you difficulties in the past. You will also learn about strategies that improve communication between writers and readers, as well as methods that improve a document’s organization.
Technical Writing: Advanced Workshop
Instructional hours: 15
Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.
Note: A basic knowledge of MS Word and good command of the English language are required for this course.
What will I learn?
By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:
- Describe the stages of the writing process and apply them to a writing project
- Understand written communication from the perspective of the audience
- Identify your occasion, purpose and rhetorical situation before writing a document
- Use invention strategies to begin a new project
How will I learn?
- Online discussion
- Reading online course content
- Learning activities
How will I be evaluated?
Your grade will be based on the following:
- Assignments (70%)
- Online participation (15%)
- Learning activities (15%)
Textbooks and learning materials
Writing With Power (second edition) by Peter Elbow, 1998, Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-019-5120189.
You are responsible for purchasing the course text. We will provide all other course materials online.
Hardware and software requirements
- High-speed internet access
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.
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English language requirements
To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:
- Overall band score minimum 6.5
- No band below 6.0
- Writing band score minimum 8.0
Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.
If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.