This course covers the basic elements of an effective technical report. The first consideration is the purpose of the report and the audience’s needs. Readability factors include language choices and organization strategies, such as highlighting/orienting devices: paragraphing, headings, bulleted lists, bold, italics, underlining, etc. Proper documentation of sources allows for incorporating the work of others smoothly and accurately. An 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.
At the end of this course, attendees will be able to:
- Consider the basic elements of technical reports, including type, purpose, audience, and format.
- Address readability factors, such as language choices, paragraphing, and organization strategies including highlighting and orienting devices.
- Incorporate the work of others smoothly and accurately with proper documentation.
- Visually support the text with effective graphics.
- Review tips on grammar, punctuation, and spelling common to engineering topics.
Total Number of Approved PDH Hours: 1