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Technical Writing

George Mason University

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES217
Hours: 80
Fees: $1895.00 USD

Outline

  1. Introduction to Technical Writing
    1. Defining Technical Writing
    2. Types of Writing
    3. Taking a Writing Inventory
    4. Engaging in Critical Thinking Situations to Facilitate Writing On-Demand
  2. Understanding Your Role as a Technical Writer
    1. Establishing Common Ground with an Intended Reader
    2. Knowing Your Ethical Obligations
  3. The Communication Triangle: The Recipe for Establishing Common Ground With the Audience
    1. Choosing a Topic
    2. Determining the Purpose for Writing
    3. Analyzing an Audience
    4. Evaluating Common Ground
  4. Types of Technical Correspondence: Writing for an Intended Audience
    1. Analyses
    2. Memos
    3. Letters
    4. Reports
    5. Manuals
    6. Abstracts
    7. Proposal
  5. Writing a Professional Portfolio
    1. Audience Analysis
    2. Informative Abstract
    3. Business of Letter Transmittal
    4. Extended Proposal
  6. The Seven Principles of Effective Writing
    1. Appropriating Content to the Audience
    2. Focus & Unity
    3. Organization
    4. Development
    5. Sentence Structure
    6. Diction & Word Usage
    7. Mechanics
  7. Writing as a Process: Learning to Write in Stages
    1. Prewriting
    2. Researching
    3. Organizing
    4. Creating a Rough Draft
    5. Revising
    6. Editing
  8. The Final Word on Technical Writing

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