This is a Career Builder Certificate Course of Study for students serious about advancing their career in the field of Technical Communication. Some of the highlights of this course are as follows:
This certificate program consists of the following three courses:
The first course in this sequence is designed to prepare you for the remainder of the program.
Overall, just to name a few items, students will study style and format for industry, government, and business documents. They will review strategies for finding information for writing projects and learn methods for documenting those sources. Study and practice task orientation which is critical to good user-oriented documents and review writing styles common in user documentation is the main focus of this unit.
The synopsis for each of the three course modules can be found below.
Technical Communication: The Profession, Writing Style, and Format
In this course we begin with a thorough refresher bootcamp in grammar, usage, and punctuation and then study style and format for industry, government, and business documents (such as headings, vertical lists, warning notices, highlighting, tables, graphics), technical terminology, and wordiness problems. During this course you will correct documents containing the kinds of problems you are studying and read and take quizzes on The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing. To conclude this course, students do a major overhaul on a technical report and on a user guide.
Technical Reports for Industry, Government, and Business
In this course, the student begins by learning strategies for finding information sources for writing projects and methods for documenting those sources. From here, you will continue by practicing using character and paragraph styles to increase efficiency and consistency, reviewing how to create traditional outlines and tables of contents, and using templates for format reports. There will be readings along the way and quizzes on the Chicago Manual of Style. Following this fundamental preparation, students practice writing brief technical documents on science or technology topics. To conclude this course, you will apply all that you have learned by writing a formal technical report on a new technology, environmental issue, or scientific discovery.
User Documentation for Technology Products
Students begin this course by studying task orientation which is a critical component to writing good user-oriented documents. You will learn about writing style common in user documentation (especially the passive voice). The course continues with the students practice of writing two sets of instructions (the second of which you create and apply a template with customized character and paragraph styles). You will follow this project by creating a properly formatted standard operating procedure (SOP). As in the other courses you will read and take quizzes on Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, by Sun Technical Publications. The course of study concludes by teaching you how to study and analyze the design of user guides, and thus create a practical user guide of your own authorship.
Please note that this comprehensive course of study may be completed earlier than indicated dependent on arrangement between the instructor and student.
Textbooks and Accredited University Certificate are not included. Certificates are only issued upon successful course completion of all required work. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
By the end of Course 1 - Technical Communication: The Profession, Writing Style, and Format, you will be able to:
By the end of Course 2 - Technical Reports for Industry, Government, and Business, you will be able to:
By the end of Course 3 - User Documentation for Technology Products, you will be able to:
The Comprehensive Career Builder Certificate in Technical Writing requires that the student engage in independent and self-paced study. The instructional developer of this program has been careful to provide a detailed method of study. Self-directed quizzes and short answer probe questions are created to give students a good sense of if they are on track with their learning objectives. These tasks are for student evaluation only.
In order to earn the official Comprehensive Career Builder Certificate in Technical Writing the student will be required to submit samples of completed work that will then be evaluated for accuracy and representative knowledge of the subject matter. More details regarding the process leading to the Comprehensive Career Builder Certificate in Technical Writing are described in detail in the course curriculum.
Included, a free online textbook by the Instructor of this Course.
Course 1 - Technical Communication: The Profession, Writing Style, and Format
Course 2 - Technical Reports for Industry, Government, and Business
Course 3 - User Documentation for Technology Products
This Certificate Course must be completed within the specified time period noted at the time of enrollment. Extension fees are applicable beyond the end date as follows: 1 month, $149.00; 2 months, $179.00; 3 months, $199.00. Upon successful completion of this course you may apply for a paper-based certificate from one of our Accredited University Partners. University certificate processing fees apply.
Upon successful completion of this course you may apply for a paper-based certificate from one of our Accredited University Partners. University certificate processing fees apply.
At the time of successful course completion, Technical Writing Certificate Badges are generated for student use. They recognize and verify that specialized learning has taken place in the subject area enrolled in. Our Official Digital Badges can be used to display a skill set and achievements on social networking profiles such as LinkedIn, etc. as well as on various job sites and much more.
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