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Technical Writing (SSK59)


    This course is designed to enable geoscientists and engineers to develop skills to write technical reports in a clear and concise way. Clearly written reports communicate information to the reader in a well-structured and easily readable form, that avoids confusion. Reports need to be designed for their intended purpose. Participants will learn how to write and present in a clear, concise, unambiguous style that will demonstrate their professionalism.

    Course Level: Foundation / Skill
    Duration: 3 days
    Instructor: Jonathan Redfern

    Designed for you, if you are...

    This course is designed for professionals working in the energy industry who wish to improve their reporting skills and communicate more effectively, e.g. geologists, geophysicists or engineers.

    How we build your confidence

    Through use of case studies and worked examples you will learn how to plan, write and edit technical reports to specific requirements. Emphasis is placed on the importance of writing with a clear style, in simple technical English.
    The course is taught using exercises and examples to provide hands-on experience.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will be able to confidently:
    • Plan a report
    • Structure a report so it meets your objectives and the reader can access the information easily
    • Write executive summaries
    • Improve your report with good use of figures and tables
    • Write clear Conclusions and Recommendations
    • Use Usability Testing to improve your writing
    • Edit your reports to make them clearer and easier to read
    • Use more effective and unambiguous words
    • Learn how to write different types of technical documents, letters and reports
      - laboratory reports
      - research reports
      - design and feasibility reports
      - progress reports
      - consulting reports


    • Planning
    • Defining your objectives
    • Structuring reports
    • Writing Executive Summaries
    • Avoiding confusion
    • Simple clear language
    • Writing using effective sentences
    • Paragraphs and sub-headings
    • Editing to improve readability
    • Usability testing
    • Checking your work – importance of grammar, spelling and punctuation
    • Tips to get the reader’s attention
    • Use of figures and tables
    • Making clear presentation materials
    • Through completing worked examples and exercises, you will develop confidence in your writing and presentation skills



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