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TW-SP Practical Specification and Technical Writing for Engineers and Technical People

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Technical writing is unique because of its specialized content. It conveys technical content through specific, clear and concise writing.
This course on technical writing helps the learner to assess the needs of the users and create documents that explain technical information. It also helps to learn the mechanics of good technical writing.
In addition to the above, the students also learn how to build effective sentences and sections that explain information clearly and create informative content that readers will understand and use.

 

WHO SHOULD COMPLETE THIS COURSE

  • Engineers
  • Scientists
  • IT/Computer personnel and people in R&D
  • Product owners
  • Project /Functional Managers
  • Product analysts
  • Organizations and Corporations
  • Anyone who wishes to enhance existing Technical writing skills.

COURSE OUTLINE
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING

  • Technical writing- Definition, meaning and where used.
  • Attributes of Technical writing
  • Categories of Readers
  • Expression versus Impression                                                    

THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

  • Preparing to write a document
  • Establish objective
  • Identify Readers
  • Perform Research                                                                   

ORGANIZING THE WRITING

  • Methods of development
  • Outline of Technical documents
  • Outlining formats
  • Revising the document -Editing, Revision, Proof- reading                                

USE OF LANGUAGE AND WORDS

  • Grammar
  • Punctuation and Parts of speech
  • TWR and Author’s point of view                                                  `

CLARIFICATION OF WRITING PROCESS    

  • Types of sentences  (Simple ,Complex and Compound)
  • Voice - Active Vs Passive                                         

SOME ADDITIONAL GRAMMAR ISSUES

  • Subject-Verb agreement,
  • Use of British and American English
  • Punctuation                                                                     
  • Vocabulary
  • Jargon and Cliches
  • Fog Index                                                               

ELEMENTS OF TECHNICAL WRITING

  • Basic elements of Technical writing-Description and examples
  • Organizing process description/Instruction set
  • Final check                                                                                       

FORMATS OF TECHNICAL WRITING

  • Purpose of reports
  • Structure of formal report
  • Terms of Reference
  • What a report should contain                                         

INTRODUCTION TO REPORT WRITING                    

  • Main body of the report
  • What to include
  • Conclusion and recommendations
  • Executive Summary
  • Other sections
  • Technical report writing Vs Report writing                     

MEMO REPORTS AND OTHER TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS

  • Memo Reports-Types and Functions
  • Basic Structure
  • Other technical documents
  • Technical Manual-Purpose and categories of readers
  • Technical proposal-Definition and Structure
  • Journal article                                                                

WRITING OF SPECIFICATION

  • Purpose of Specifications
  • Phases of Specification
  • Equipment Specification
  • Client/Purchaser Specification                                      

CONTENTS OF SPECIFICATION

  • Scope
  • Standards, codes and regulations
  • Definition and Terminology                                            

CONTENTS OF SPECIFICATION - II

  • Materials of Construction
  • Design Basis
  • Mechanical/Fabrication
  • Guarantees
  • Testing and Inspection
  • Documentation
  • Shipping                                                                            

PRESENTATION ASPECTS

  • Preference of Desk top publishing to other methods
  • Appearance of presentation-Book binders
  • Document Designing
  • Use of graphs, Tables and Illustrations                              

ORAL PRESENTATION OF TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS

  • Personal factors
  • Structure of presentation-Details
  • Use of various tools for oral presentation
  • Importance of timing
  • Conclusion                                                                                 

 

Investment

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Unlimited Access for 2 Years: US$ 249

Instructor

Eugene Coetzee

Pr. Eng, BSc (Elec Eng)

Used AV Sept 14 SA  

 

Eugene is an electronic engineer with 20 years experience in software development specialising in industrial networks for control systems and corporate IT applications. He started his career at the engineering division of Sasol, Sastech Secunda, where he did control system design, PLC software design and SCADA configuration on the Honeywell, Hartmann & Braun and Siemens DCS/PLC systems.

 

He moved on to develop serial network drivers for the Wonderware SCADA system on Windows NT as an independent contractor. Subsequently, Eugene worked as a senior electronic engineer in the electronic development lab of the NWU (North-West University) where he designed and developed building management systems on RS485 and Ethernet networks and developed networking software for TCP/IP based access control equipment.

 

Eugene is an experienced course presenter, and has provided training for large international clients across several industries, including a recent training initiative for one of the largest metal and mining companies in Africa. He is currently a consultant engineer on various large projects which includes fire detection systems, emergency evacuation systems, access control systems, CCTV systems and integrated Ethernet/IP based building management. He also lectures part-time at North West University’s Electronic Engineering School presenting courses in industrial network communications, database design and C++ programming.

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