Technical Writing for Engineers Workshop

Course Outline:

Technical Writing is a very important skill in any kind of work. It is important in Engineering, Sciences, and even in understanding simple tools. Most people confuse business writing for technical writing. In this module, we will understand Technical Writing and learn how it is different compared to other genres of writing. We will also learn about the effective ways that we can create a technical write up in order to ensure a wider audience coverage and clarity. The module covers topics about common errors made by Filipino technical writers. It also discusses how we can minimize Filipinisms in writing so that we can create a comprehensive report that is world-class.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

At the end of the session, the participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the different types of writing genre and how technical writing stands out.
  2. Know how to start-up your technical write up.
  3. Learn to construct clear and understandable sentences in your write up.
  4. Learn how to self-edit your technical report.
  5. Discuss the common formats and forms of technical writing.

COURSE OUTLINE:

I – Undestanding Technical Writing

  1. What is Technical Writing
  2. How is it different (Creative Writing, News Writing, and Business Writing)
  3. Overview: Tasks of Technical Writing
  4. Considerations in Technical Writing (Translation, Standards, Accessibility)
  5. Tools in Technical Writing

II – Writing Basics Review

  1. Planning and Analysis
  2. Outlining
  3. Brainstorming
  4. Collating Data
  1. Audience Analysis: Types, Importance, and Effective Approaches
  1. Journalism Approach: The Inverted Pyramid
  1. Common Filipino Errors in Writing
  2. Prepositions
  3. Subject Verb Agreement
  4. Filipinisms
  5. Punctuations
  1. Writing Your Material (Tips)
  2. Write in the Past Tense
  3. Using Simple Sentences
  4. KISS (Keep It Short and Simple)
  5. The Active Voice and the Passive Voice
  6. Do’s and Don’ts
  1. Constructing Clear Sentences
  1. Review: Parts of a sentence
  2. Constructing Sentences (Structure and practice)
  3. Parenthetic Phrases
  1. Refining and Editing Your Write Up

IV – Sneak Preview: Standard Parts of a Technical Report

  1. Title Page
  2. Letter of Transmittal
  3. Preface
  4. Table of Contents
  5. List of Tables, Drawing, Charts, etc.
  6. Summary
  7. Body Text
  8. Conclusions and Recommendations
  9. Bibliography

V – Other Technical Reports

  1. Incident Report
  2. Technical Manual
  3. Handbooks