Technical Writing Certification Course

Module One: Preparation

  • Establish your purpose
  • Identify your audience or readers
  • Consider the context
  • Determine your scope of coverage
  • Select the medium

Module Two: Research

  • Brainstorm to determine what you already know
  • Conduct research
  • Take notes (note-taking)
  • Interview for information
  • Create and use questionnaires
  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Document sources

Module Three: Organization

  • Choose the best methods of development
  • Outline your notes and ideas
  • Develop and integrate visuals
    • Consider layout and design
    • logic errors
    • positive writing
    • voice
  • Check for ethics in writing
    • biased language
    • copyright
    • plagiarism
  • Check for appropriate word choice
    • abstract / concrete words
    • affectation, jargon, and plain language
    • cliches
    • connotation / denotation
    • defining terms
  • Eliminate problems with grammar

Module Four: Writing a Draft

  • Select an appropriate point of view
  • Adopt an appropriate style and tone
  • Use effective sentence construction
  • Construct effective paragraphs
  • Use quotations and paraphrasing
  • Write an introduction
  • Write a conclusion
  • Choose a title

Module Five: Revision

  • Check for unity and coherence conciseness
    • pace
    • transition
  • Check for sentence variety
    • emphasis
    • parallel structure
    • subordination
  • Check for clarity
  • Review mechanics and punctuation
    • abbreviations
    • capitalization
    • contractions
    • dates
    • italics
    • numbers
    • proofreading
    • spelling