Technical Writing and Editing

As a technical communicator, your ultimate goal is to produce the most effective and usable product. By examining the mechanics of various media (manuals, training materials, online help, and job aids), you will learn how to write and edit technical material.

Through reading, discussions, and homework, you will practise techniques for creating clear, crisp, and functional online and print documentation. Throughout the course, you will complete assignments, contribute to class forum discussions, and work with examples from the software industry.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Mellissa Ruryk $475.00 27 Register
Online - - TBD $475.00 30 -
Online - - TBD $525.00 30 -

Instructional hours: 15

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends 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:

  • Describe what technical writers do and what skills they need
  • Identify the elements of a documentation set
  • Define the four purposes of documentation
  • Describe and practice using the tools of the trade, such as style guides and templates
  • Write clear, crisp, and functional online and print documents
  • Describe and practice the different types of edits, and explain and how communicators use them
  • Provide at least five tips for structuring long documents

How will I learn?

  • Demonstrations
  • Online forum discussions (posting to forums and responding to other students' posts)
  • Analysis of case studies
  • Exercises and assignments
  • Extra reading
  • Partner editing project

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Assignments, including a partner editing project (90%)
  • Weekly participation in online discussion forums (10%)

Textbooks and learning materials

All course materials are available online, including a Microsoft Word template, which we will make available for download. The template contains the recommended styles for assignment submissions.

Hardware and software requirements

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.