The course covers basic elements of an effective technical report. A first consideration is the purpose of the report, and the audience needs. Readability factors include language choices and organization strategies, such as highlighting/orienting devices: paragraphing, headings, bulleted lists, bold, italics, underline, etc. Proper documentation of sources allows for incorporating the work of others smoothly and accurately. Effective choice of graphics can visually support your text. Simplified outlines of common types of reports in the course include procedures, proposals, and progress reports. Additionally, there are tips on grammar, punctuation, and spelling common to engineering and technical topics, as well as commonly confused words.