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Fundamentals of Technical Writing Class

Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. Technical writing is important to all sorts of industries and jobs, from engineers to financial advisers to healthcare workers. If you’re in a position where communication is important—or would like to be—ed2go’s Fundamentals of Technical Writing class was made with you in mind.

Technical writing is an interesting and dynamic field. It requires preparation and employs both the logical and creative sides of your brain. The best technical writers have excellent communication and listening skills, as well as people skills, and know how to ask the right questions. Thankfully, all of these things can be learned in this technical writing course from ed2go.

We’ll teach you the skills you need to become a technical writer, including how to land your first job and where to go from there. When you take a class online with ed2go, you can easily fit the lessons into your busy schedule. We’re your flexible learning partner, here to help you achieve your goals, your way. Throughout the course, questions are more than welcome—an inquisitive mind is an excellent trait for a technical writer to have.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Fundamentals of Technical Writing Details + Objective

Course Code: tec

You Will Learn
  • How to translate complex information into easily understood language.
  • The secrets of success, including writing conventions, interviewing skills, desktop publishing, and formatting techniques.
  • Key tips for developing graphics and templates, documentation management, and creating high-quality documentation with less work.
  • How to get your first job as a technical writer.
How the course is taught
  • Enrolling in our online technical writing course is easy—a new session opens each month.
  • Two lessons are released per week, and you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks.
  • You will have access to all lessons until the course ends.
  • The course runs for six weeks, and then you will have two weeks plus 10 days to complete the final exam and any remaining lessons.
How you will benefit
  • Learn technical writing skills and techniques that are useful in nearly any position or industry.
  • Master a new form of communication to enhance your resume and your job prospects.
  • Be inspired to continue your education with classes like Business and Marketing Writing or Research Methods for Writers.
Fundamentals of Technical Writing Outline
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Week 1

In our first lesson, you'll learn the fascinating history of technical writing, plus how the instructor (and many others) became technical writers. You'll learn the basics of project management, key questions to help you analyze your reading audience, and how to organize the information you gather.

Week 2

Find out how to develop your listening skills, use inviting body language, and ask questions that help you get the answers you need. You’ll learn how to analyze the information you've gathered—and also how to overcome writer’s block and keep writing even when you don't have all the information you need. And in this week’s grammar lesson, you’ll learn how to make your writing more interesting.

Week 3

Discover time-honored technical writing conventions, such as using parallel structure, inverted pyramid style, effective headings, and lists. We'll also go over the difference between the most popular graphic file formats and their guidelines. You’ll learn how to create screenshots on your PC, then manipulate your shots in Windows Paint, saving you the expense of far more costly graphics programs.

Week 4

Learn how to use different typefaces and layouts effectively in your document. We'll look at some common layouts, then discuss how to achieve those layouts using Microsoft Word. You'll learn how Microsoft Word is different from other word-processing applications and how to use, modify, and create paragraph styles.

Week 5

I’ll offer some tips on quick ways to build templates, plus you'll learn some Word skills that will help you dazzle potential employers, such as recording macros, customizing your toolbar, and using cross-references, AutoText, and captions. We'll then review indexing conventions, with a few tips on building a great index for your document.

Week 6

In our final week, you'll learn tips from professional proofreaders and editors, as well as ways you can use Microsoft Word to help you check your spelling and grammar. We’ll talk about different printing options and trends in publishing and explore ways you can use your technical writing skills in the job market, including freelancing.

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Fundamentals of Technical Writing Instructors
Janet Underwood

Janet Underwood has more than 20 years of experience as a senior technical writer. She started her career as an English teacher and later worked as an editor and writer for several internationally known trade publications before combining her love of technology with her passion for writing to become a technical writer. She currently develops technical documentation for major corporations. Janet has won numerous awards her technical writing, and two of her books are used in college courses. She also teaches FrameMaker classes as an adjunct professor.

Fundamentals of Technical Writing Requirements / Prerequisites

Any type of word processor can be used in the initial manuscript set-up, however, Word for Windows is used as the example. Two additional types of software, Sigil and Calibre, available free online, are used in the actual conversion to e-book formats. 

More About Fundamentals of Technical Writing

As a profession, technical writing is relatively new, but people have been writing technical documents for centuries. After all, civilizations have always needed information, especially about complex topics. Whether you’re writing end user documents like instructions for electronics, articles for trade magazines or scientific journals, or internal communications such as sales pitches or training manuals, this is a career path where the opportunities seem to be never-ending. Our Fundamentals of Technical Writing program will introduce you to this fascinating field and provide you with a stepping stone to a new, fulfilling career—no matter what path you choose.

Fundamentals of Technical Writing Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the technical requirements for this course?

You will need access to the internet and you’ll need to use Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer 9.0 or above as your browser. Communicating with your facilitator requires a working email account. You’ll also need Adobe Acrobat Reader (download here) and Microsoft Word. This course is not suitable for Mac users.

What do you do in a technical writing program?

Typically, activities in a technical writing class cover the principles, best practices, and real-life examples of this type of writing. While the types of documents you can create are endless, you must start with the basics of English grammar and punctuation, gathering and organizing your research, and proficiency in Microsoft Word. From there, the sky is the limit.

What software is used for technical writing?

Microsoft Word has nearly a 93% market share for PC-based word processing, and it's the de facto standard for most corporations and government agencies. Chances are high that you'll use it in your technical writing career. In fact, most companies require that you be proficient with Word when considering you for technical writing positions.