Courses

Each of the courses I teach has a micro-site that includes the teaching material, exercises, exercise solutions where available, and other related resources. These courses are offered through a number venues both privately and through education institutions.

  • Effective Writing for Business and Technology

    Technical and business professionals spend a lot of time reading and writing, and yet few have much formal training in this area. A survey from 1986-1998 found that engineers spent an average of 280 hours a year reading and 221 hours a year writing. That’s about 25% of their time. These averages are even higher ... Learn more
  • Indexing Technical Documents

    A well-crafted index is the best retrieval tool we can provide to our readers. Our index must meet the needs of all of readers of our publication: those who are experienced with the product or technology, those who are familiar with similar products and technologies, and those who have no experience with the product or technology. Most ... Learn more
  • Portfolios for technical writers

    Portfolios can be excellent tools for technical writers seeking employment. Examine various types and discuss the process of developing a portfolio, including deciding which technical writing documents to include/exclude, organizing work samples and assessing there value from an employer’s point of view. Discuss how a portfolio supports other job search tools. Porfolios for technical writers micro-site Learn more
  • Preparing Software Specifications

    Functional requirements and design specifications are vital to software development projects.  Explore the role these and other technical documents play in developing a software product, and discover the how to describe a software product properly using Use Cases and other specification documents.  Prepare representative documents using MS Word. Preparing Software Specifications micro-site Learn more
  • Rewriting for our reader’s sake

    This course focuses on some key aspects of the third stage of writing; rewriting. The goal of this course is to help your writing become clearer, more concise, and more readable by polishing up your rewriting and editing skills. During this course we will examine spelling, grammar and punctuation challenges frequently encountered in technical and ... Learn more
  • Writing Engineering Specifications

    Writing Engineering Specifications is a short course that applies the principles and practices of technical writing to preparing Engineering Specifications. The practical, hands-on, approach of this course is designed to assist technical and engineering specialists prepare effective engineering specifications. By the conclusion of this course you will have: reviewed the structure and use of MasterFormat 2004 examined some ... Learn more
  • Writing Policies and Procedures

    Contrary to popular belief, policies and procedures are worth the paper they are written on. A good set of policies and procedures forms the foundation from which an organization operates, they help people determine what’s appropriate behaviour, they help the organization improve its quality and effectiveness, and they help ensure consistency. Writing Policies and Procedures Micro-site Learn more
  • Writing Summaries and Abstracts

    Writing Summaries and Abstracts is a short course that examines the similarities and differences between summaries and abstracts and outlines strategies for developing each effectively. Writing Summaries and Abstracts micro-site Learn more
Last updated: February 18, 2015
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