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This course—along with Technical Communication: The Profession, Writing Style, and Format, User Documentation for Technology Products, Advanced Technical Communication: Recent Developments, Advanced Projects in Technical Communication, Career as a Lead Technical Writer—is available from JER Online. This and the first two courses listed here are ready and available now. The last three courses listed here will be ready end of August 2017.

This view of the course does not include links to the individual units.

This course—along with Technical Communication: The Profession, Writing Style, and Format, User Documentation for Technology Products, Advanced Technical Communication: Recent Developments, Advanced Projects in Technical Communication, Career as a Lead Technical Writer—is available from JER Online. This and the first two courses listed here are ready and available now. The last three courses listed here will be ready end of August 2017.

This view of the course does not include links to the individual units.

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In Technical Reports for Industry, Government, and Business, you review strategies for finding information for writing projects, methods for documenting those sources of borrowed information, practice using character and paragraph styles to increase the efficiency and consistency of your writing projects, write brief technical documents on science or technology topics, research a field report in which you investigate some local topic, review creating traditional outlines, learn how to use templates for format reports, in particular for tables of contents, and finally write a formal technical report on a new technology, environmental issue, or scientific discovery.

When you complete a unit, click the Completed button for that unit. If you mistakenly mark a unit as completed, contact your instructor (or just wait until you've actually completed it.)

Getting Started
For this unit:

  1. Please read the overview of this course to learn how it works and what the requirements are. Make sure that you understand the objectives of this course, the schedule of activities, the methods of operation, and the assessment of your work.
  2. For this and any following related courses you take, set up an online portfolio where you can show off your work to potential employers.

Due date: mmddyy

Unit 1: Research and Documentation

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for research strategies and learn or review some ways to find information for your report and other writing projects.
  2. Use the study guide for documentation methods and learn or review how to properly cite sources for the information you borrow to write your reports.

Due date: mmddyy

Unit 2: Description & Process

In this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for character and paragraph styles to to learn about or review using character and paragraph style to improve your effiiciency and consistency in writing technical and business documents.
  2. Use the study guide for descriptions to write about some mechanical object or about some object found in nature.
  3. Use the study guide for process to write about some mechanical or natural process.
  4. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

Due date: mmddyy

Unit 3: Cause and Effect & Extended Definition

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for cause-effect writing to get ready to write about causes or effects (or both).
  2. Use the study guide for extended-definition writing to get ready to write about a potentially unfamiliar, technical term.
  3. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

Due date: mmddyy

Unit 4: Brief Field-Investigative Report

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for field-report strategies and learn or review strategies for gathering information from the field for an investigative report.
  2. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

Due date: mmddyy

Unit 5: Introductions, Abstracts and Executive Summaries

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for introductions. If you took the first course in this certificate sequence, you studied introductions. However, because writing introductions is not a familiar task, consider reviewing this unit. (It is not counted in final-grade determination.)
  2. Use the study guide for abstracts and executive summaries to learn about and practice writing abstracts and executive summaries. Get ready to write these summaries as required in your final report for this course.

Due date: mmddyy

Unit 6: Outlines and Tables of Contents

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for outlines to get a refresher on creating traditional outlines. This gets you ready to create eth outline for your final report project.
  2. Use the study guide for tables of contents to learn how to create a professional-looking table of contents in software applications like Microsoft Word.

Due date: mmddyy

Unit 7: Report Components and Templates

In this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for report construction and learn how to use a software applications like Microsoft Word to assemble a report that has all the required components.
  2. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

Due date: mmddyy

Unit 8: Final Project: New Technology, Environmental Issue, or Scientific Discovery

  1. Use the study guide for final reports to walk you through the main phrases of planning, writing, and revising your report project. Use the strategies and processes you've learned in this course to find and narrow a topic, identify a real or realistic audience and context, research that topic, create an outline, write the rough draft, document your sources of borrowed informationn, and produce a final professional-looking technical report.
  2. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

Due date: mmddyy

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