This workshop will help you refine your technical writing process and technique, and give you 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 to improve communication between writers and readers, as well as methods to 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.
What will I learn?
By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:
- Evaluate current writing theories in order to determine an appropriate approach to technical writing projects
- Apply the five steps of the technical writing process to your projects
- Create documents with a style and tone appropriate for the intended audience
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your own technical writing process
- Revise a piece of your technical writing for a specific audience, structure and style
How will I learn?
Prepare to spend six to 10 hours per week on coursework, including:
- Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
- Independent writing assignments
- Extra reading
- Online research and discussion groups
Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.
How will I be evaluated?
Your grade will be based on the following:
- Assignments (65%)
- Online participation (25%)
- Quizzes (10%)
Textbooks and learning materials
Johnson-Sheehan, Richard; Technical Communication Today, 6th ed: 2018. Pearson. ISBN 9780134425733, 0134425731
You can purchase this textbook through the Vital Source website.
You are responsible for purchasing the course text. We will provide all other course materials online.
Hardware and software requirements
- Microsoft Word for writing and submitting assignments
- 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.
New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.
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.