Dalhousie technical writing

Last Updated on January 18, 2023

CERTIFICATE IN TECHNICAL WRITING

Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development4 Courses Required 72.00 Hours Required

The certificate in Technical Writing will provide you with best practices for creating clear, compelling technical documents.  Our interactive online courses will help you build the specific skills you need to write for your particular readers in your work environment. 

What You Will Learn?

  • Analyze your audience using three different methods
  • Create a straightforward document structure for a brief document
  • Describe technology so that readers can visualize it
  • Develop a process for effectively editing your own writing
  • Analyze your document stakeholders
  • Develop a document persuasion strategy
  • Create compelling recommendation reports
  • Craft winning proposals

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Engineers
  • business analysts
  • software engineers
  • network administrators
  • project managers
  • anyone who uses writing to share technical information.

How Will You Benefit?

The Certificate in Technical Writing can help you

  • communicate more clearly and easily with supervisors, clients, and colleagues
  • gain control over grammar and punctuation so you can be confident that you’re expressing yourself correctly and clearly.

Fees & Scheduling

The fee for the certificate is $1,980 ($495 per course)

Certificate Requirements

The certificate is awarded after successful completion of four courses. There is a student evaluation at the end of each course. Each course includes a final assessment (such as a test or writing assignment) so you can demonstrate the progress you’ve made. All requirements must be met within four years.

For more information, please contact Open Learning & Career Development.

Courses

Required course

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1 Course(s)

Elective courses (3)

Expand or collapse Elective courses (3)Minimum Required

3 Course(s)

About the course

As a technology professional, you are a master of complexity. But the more complex your ideas and information are, the simpler and clearer your writing must be. This course will enable you to communicate more clearly and easily with supervisors, clients, and colleagues. You’ll discover communication strengths you didn’t know you had and learn how to build on them to become a more capable, confident writer.

Who should attend

Engineers, business analysts, software engineers, network administrators, project managers, and anyone who uses writing to share technical information.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyze your audience using three different methods
  • Bridge the knowledge gap between you and non-expert readers
  • Create a straightforward document structure for a brief document
  • Describe technology so that readers can visualize it

OLCD-TWRT0012 – TECHNICAL WRITING ESSENTIALS

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Course Description

This course is 18 learning hours inclusive of 2 hours of live sessions. It is recommended that students spend an average of 4.5 hours per week on this course


This course will enable you to communicate more clearly and easily with supervisors, clients, and colleagues. You’ll discover communication strengths you didn’t know you had and learn how to build on them to become a more capable, confident writer.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: In week one, you’ll explore three different methods of getting to know your readers. Knowing your readers helps you tailor a message to their needs, interests, and values.
  • Week 2: Week two will focus on communicating with non-experts. You’ll learn to communicate clearly with readers who don’t share your technical expertise.  
  • Week 3: In week three, you’ll learn how to organize your thoughts in a logical structure. You’ll learn to treat an organization as an ongoing process rather than a one-time event.  
  • Week 4: Week four focuses on technical descriptions. In week four you’ll organize technical detail into a structure that is easy to navigate.

What You Will Learn

  • Analyze your audience using three different methods
  • Bridge the knowledge gap between you and non-expert readers
  • Create a straightforward document structure for a brief document
  • Describe technology so that readers can visualize it

Notes

By enrolling in this course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Certificate in Technical Writing

Recommended For

  • Engineers
  • business analysts
  • software engineers
  • network administrators
  • project managers
  • anyone who uses writing to share technical information.

Testimonials

“Great course, great structure, very helpful for anyone wishing to improve their technical writing skills.”

Darren Hilchey
Sepracor Canada Limited

“I liked the fact that I could immediately apply what I learned in class to my writing assignments. I also liked the fact that the course was delivered 100% online. I travel a lot and was able to sit in on the class from four different locations in North America.”

Janet Curtis

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