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Technical Writing Course

This technical writing course is run over two days. We run different versions of this training for undergraduates, postgraduates, scientists working in academia and those working in industry. We also can provide training for non-native English speakers. The course tutor is a scientist and award winning writer, who is also a lecturer on the Imperial College Science Communication course. 

The Technical Writing Course for Scientists and Engineers is designed to give delegates the skills and tools needed to tackle a wide variety of documents, from grant proposals to research papers. The training has a heavy emphasis on interactive teaching and much of the delegates’ time will be spent on practical writing exercises, which will be individually assessed throughout. The course is structured to gradually build up delegates’ technical writing skills, starting with short writing exercises and then moving onto more complicated documents. Technical Writing for Scientists and Engineers is designed to run with between six and eight delegates. 

Technical Writing Course
Day 1 Sessions:

  • Module 1 – What is the objective of your document or report?

  • Module 2 – Overview of the various types of documents (such as grant proposals, research papers, posters, conference submissions, technical reports) that you are likely to be dealing with and the different technical writing challenges that each presents.

  • Module 3 – Know your audience – thinking about the level of information that different readers will require.

  • Module 4 – Getting across the key message in your document.

  • Module 5 – How to plan and structure your document.

  • Module 6 – Suggested layout and formats for different styles of document.

  • Module 7 – The role of diagrams and how best to use them for maximum impact.

Day 2 Sessions:

  • Module 8 – Technical writing techniques for developing a clear narrative flow

  • Module 9 – Creating an effective opening

  • Module 10 – Sentence and paragraph structure

  • Module 11 – Basics of grammar and punctuation

  • Module 12 – Removing scientific and technical jargon 

  • Module 13 - Tools for guiding a reader through your document 

  • Module 14 - How to edit your technical writing

  • Module 15 – Feedback and questions

 If you would like more information on Technical Writing for Scientists and Engineers or any of our other business writing courses, please ring us on 020 8560 2056, email or contact us  

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