Introduction To Technical Writing Training

Level: Foundation
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This Technical Writing course provides a complete process for planning, writing, and editing technical documents, including assessing the needs of users, selecting document formats, and making effective use of graphics. Successfully conveying complicated content to end users — both internal and external — is vital and can greatly enhance the value of products and services. This Technical Writing course will teach you to effectively assess your target audience and develop documents that meet their needs.

Key Features of this Technical Writing Training:

  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • Learning Tree end-of-course exam included
  • After-course computing sandbox included

You Will Learn How To:

  • Write effective technical documents, manuals, and white papers
  • Assess your audience and develop documents to meet their needs
  • Build effective sentences and sections that explain information clearly
  • Employ diagrams, tables, charts, and other graphical tools effectively
  • Create informative content that your readers will understand and use

Certifications/Credits:

PMI 23 PDU

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Important Technical Writing Course Information

Technical Writing Course Outline

  • Introduction to Technical Writing

    • Benefits of effectively communicating technical information
    • Dealing with common writing problems
  • The Writing Process

    Getting ready to write

    • Eliminating misconceptions that stall technical writing
    • Driving your document design with scenarios
    • Focusing on a document's purposes

    Assessing your audience

    • Identifying your purpose and the reader's purpose
    • What the audience brings to the table

    Covering the knowledge domain

    • Exposing tacit knowledge
    • Knowing when you've "covered it all"
    • Organizing using the audience's scenarios
  • Ensuring Clarity and Readability

    Writing technically

    • Discriminating between the three levels of information
    • Determining information needs with the OODA loop

    Architecting sentences that communicate

    • Creating sentences with clarity
    • Building clarity through sentence focus
    • Solving common grammar problems in technical writing

    Managing style in technical writing

    • Evaluating readability using the Given/New technique
    • Ensuring consistency with a style guide
    • Eliminating reader recycling
  • The Mechanics of Writing

    Working with words

    • Selecting the right words
    • Editing for concision

    Editing for quality

    • Knowing when and what to edit
    • The editing triage
    • Editing throughout the document process
    • Two strategies for rewriting
  • Structuring Information for Understanding

    Leveraging and formatting tables and lists

    • Organizing data to support readers' scenarios
    • Determining when to use a list
    • Exploiting tables for highly structured data

    Maintaining document structure

    • Building cohesive documents with Given/New
    • Applying useful headings to support skimming

    Methods of development

    • Problems-methods-results
    • Effect and cause
    • Order of importance
  • Designing Your Document

    Audience-driven document design

    • Relating document structure to the audience
    • Recognizing the varieties of user manuals
    • Developing reference manuals and white papers

    Determining the document types

    • Post-positive vs. pragmatic documents
    • Implementing the right document format

    Building documents

    • Tutorials and standard operating procedures
    • Designing two styles of tutorials
    • Structuring sentences and sections
    • Handling introductions and conclusions

    Prototyping the document

    • Testing for success
    • Levels of prototypes
  • Developing the Look of Your Document

    Designing the appearance of your page

    • The technical document reading process
    • Fonts
    • White space
    • Alignment

    Conveying information with graphics

    • Chunking the document
    • Employing photos, drawings and graphs
    • Focusing graphics

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Important Course Information

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Technical Writing

    • Benefits of effectively communicating technical information
    • Dealing with common writing problems
  • The Writing Process

    Getting ready to write

    • Eliminating misconceptions that stall technical writing
    • Driving your document design with scenarios
    • Focusing on a document's purposes

    Assessing your audience

    • Identifying your purpose and the reader's purpose
    • What the audience brings to the table

    Covering the knowledge domain

    • Exposing tacit knowledge
    • Knowing when you've "covered it all"
    • Organizing using the audience's scenarios
  • Ensuring Clarity and Readability

    Writing technically

    • Discriminating between the three levels of information
    • Determining information needs with the OODA loop

    Architecting sentences that communicate

    • Creating sentences with clarity
    • Building clarity through sentence focus
    • Solving common grammar problems in technical writing

    Managing style in technical writing

    • Evaluating readability using the Given/New technique
    • Ensuring consistency with a style guide
    • Eliminating reader recycling
  • The Mechanics of Writing

    Working with words

    • Selecting the right words
    • Editing for concision

    Editing for quality

    • Knowing when and what to edit
    • The editing triage
    • Editing throughout the document process
    • Two strategies for rewriting
  • Structuring Information for Understanding

    Leveraging and formatting tables and lists

    • Organizing data to support readers' scenarios
    • Determining when to use a list
    • Exploiting tables for highly structured data

    Maintaining document structure

    • Building cohesive documents with Given/New
    • Applying useful headings to support skimming

    Methods of development

    • Problems-methods-results
    • Effect and cause
    • Order of importance
  • Designing Your Document

    Audience-driven document design

    • Relating document structure to the audience
    • Recognizing the varieties of user manuals
    • Developing reference manuals and white papers

    Determining the document types

    • Post-positive vs. pragmatic documents
    • Implementing the right document format

    Building documents

    • Tutorials and standard operating procedures
    • Designing two styles of tutorials
    • Structuring sentences and sections
    • Handling introductions and conclusions

    Prototyping the document

    • Testing for success
    • Levels of prototypes
  • Developing the Look of Your Document

    Designing the appearance of your page

    • The technical document reading process
    • Fonts
    • White space
    • Alignment

    Conveying information with graphics

    • Chunking the document
    • Employing photos, drawings and graphs
    • Focusing graphics

Technical Writing Training FAQs

  • Can I learn the Introduction To Technical Writing Training online?

    Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want, including online training.

  • Can I earn Professional Development Units for the Introduction to Technical Writing Training course?

    Yes, you can receive PDUs from the Technical Writing Training course.

    To find out how many PDUs you can receive, check out the PMI Q&A List ›

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