What is Technical Writing? Online Short Course Preview

OSU Professional and Continuing Education

Thu. Mar. 16, 2017 4:22pm

This technical writing course from OSU will prepare you to produce instructive, informational, and persuasive documents based on well-defined and achievable outcomes. Technical documents are precise, concise, organized, and based on complex information.

The purpose and target audience of each document determine the style that an author chooses, including document layout, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure, and visuals, among other factors. To this end, this course will teach processes for analyzing writing contexts and producing effective, clean, and reader-centered documents in an efficient manner.

Upon completion, you will gain an understanding and knowledge of genres such as reports, feasibility studies, proposals, and specifications.

You will also learn:

-How to construct a logical outline of a technical document
-How to write with awareness of expository techniques such as definition, classification, and causal analysis
How to design an effective format and layout for a technical publication