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Technical Writing and Editing

Course Summary

 A complete technical writing and editing course presented by a veteran Fortune 100 technical communicator.  Course assignment leads to a Certificate of Completion. Learn the principles of technical writing and editing to build for yourself a great writing career that pays well.


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    Course Syllabus

    1. SECTION 1:
      • Introduction to Technical Writing
      • Welcome!
      • Technical Writing is Ideal for...
      • What is Technical Writing?
      • Technical and Business Writing
      • How does techical writing compare?
      • Writing and Editing
    2. SECTION 2:
      • Components of Technical Documents
      • Components of a Technical Document (1)
      • Components of a Technical Document (2)
      • TOC vs. INDEX
      • Documentation Plan
      • Select Your Own Topic for Your User Guide
      • Assignment STEP 1 (of 6)
    3. SECTION 3:
      • Technical Writing Techniques (1)
      • Eliminate Variance
      • Active Voice
      • Active vs. Passive Voice
      • Anthropomorphism
      • Anthropomorphism
      • Dangling Participles
      • Bracketing
      • Punctuation
      • Noun Trains
      • Noun Trains
      • Common Grammar Errors
      • Assignment STEP 2 (of 6)
    4. SECTION 4:
      • Technical Writing Techniques (2)
      • Write a Procedural Task
      • Write a Chapter
      • Style Guidelines & Writing Formulas
      • Style Guidelines
    5. SECTION 5:
      • Technical Editing Techniques (1)
      • Edit by Eliminating (1)
      • Edit by Eliminating (2)
      • Eliminate with 100% confidence
      • Find the Core Idea
      • Find the Core Idea
      • Create a "Monster Sentence"
      • Plain Language
      • Assignment STEP 3 (of 6)
    6. SECTION 6:
      • Technical Editing Techniques (2)
      • Avoid Negative Writing
      • Eliminate "Should"
      • Identify the Agent of Action
    7. SECTION 7:
      • How to Create a Template
      • MS Word Template - How to Create One
      • MS Word Template - Page Layout
      • MS Word Template - Paragraph Styles
      • MS Word Template - Headers & Footers (1)
      • MS Word Template - Headers & Footers (2)
      • Templates
      • Templates - ".dotm" Extension
      • Paper Size
      • Save a Template and Assign a New Template to a Doc
      • Multi-Level Numbering
      • Multi-Level Numbering (2)
      • Multi-Thread Numbering
      • MS Word 2010 File Name Extensions
      • Copyright language
      • SUMMARY - How to Create a Template (PDF)
      • Assignment STEP 4 (of 6)
    8. SECTION 8:
      • Indexing
      • Create an Index with MS Word 2010
      • Index Indentation Levels
    9. SECTION 9:
      • Variables
      • Variables - Dependent and Independent
    10. SECTION 10:
      • Graphs
      • Graph Types
    11. SECTION 11:
      • Tables
      • Table Principles
      • Reformat Text as a Table
      • Tabular Data
      • Edit Tables
      • Edit Tables - Bracketing
      • Edit Tables - Parallelism
      • Edit Tables - Descri

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    Recommended Background

    The students are required to have Windows PC machines and Office 2007 or 2010 (Word and Excel). Everything else is included in the course. The students do not need to buy any other books, videos, etc. to follow the course.

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    Course Format

     Lifetime access to 64 VIDEO lectures and 22 quizzes 8+ hours of high quality content A community of 100+ students learning together! This course is for beginner technical writers, engineers and developers who would like to communicate more effectively with their co-workers and clients, and for those career changers who would like to become technical writers.

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    Suggested Reading

     No external books or reading materials are required for this complete and self-contained course.  


Course Fee:
USD 299

Course Type:

Self-Study

Course Status:

Active

Workload:

2 - 6 hours / week

This course is listed under Development & Implementations Community

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