Basic Technical Writing

Basic Technical Writing

Students will learn how to write using the three most commonly needed skills in any type of technical document: writing clearly, concisely, and cohesively. The aim of the class is for writers to write technical documents that can be easily read and understood by the reader, which means that the writer must know their audience. Participants will also learn how to effectively outline the materials they are writing using good grammar, punctuation, voice, and tense. They will also be able to score their own writing using various tools to assess the effectiveness of their writing and practice rewriting skills with poorly written examples.


  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Regulatory Personnel
  • Laboratory Associates
  • Management
  • Other positions that require good, written communication skills.

Topics Include

  • Technical Writing Overview and Definitions
  • FDA Regulatory Impact
  • 3 Rules: Clear, concise, and cohesive
  • Audience
  • Outlines
  • Misused words
  • Readability scores and tools
  • Voice and Tense

Learning Objectives

  • Organize, write, and edit technical documents, including professional reports and emails.
  • Choose an effective format.
  • Identify the appropriate audience and voice.
  • Master the 3 principles of clarity, conciseness, and cohesion.
  • Improve editorial skills.
Basic Technical Writing

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Level: Beginner

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Delivered in-person in a classroom or lab setting.
A combination of online and in-person components.
Live Instructor Led
Delivered online with a live instructor at a scheduled date and time.
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