Get an introduction to technical report writing. Find out how to communicate your ideas through well-written engineering reports.
Learn to communicate effectively through technical report writing
Technical reports are a vital tool for engineers to communicate their ideas. This online course introduces technical report writing and teaches the techniques you need to construct well-written engineering reports.
Each week, we’ll look at a key section of a technical report and the skills needed to write it. You’ll cover areas such as referencing and citations; presenting equations; diagrams and data; and using language and tenses correctly.
We’ll also talk to practising engineers, as well as students and educators who write and mark technical reports, who’ll give their hands-on advice.
What topics will you cover?
- Why technical reports are important for communicating ideas and concepts.
- The anatomy of a technical report.
- How to write aims and objectives.
- Citing and referencing.
- Presenting equations and nomenclature.
- Figures, diagrams and labelling.
- Presenting data.
- Units, precision and errors.
- Use of language and tense.
- How and why to write discussion sessions.
- Writing an abstract.
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
- 10 August 2020
- 21 September 2020
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Explain what a good technical engineering report is and what they are used for.
- Evaluate what a good report looks like.
- Use a technical report to communicate information.
- Apply knowledge of what goes into the key sections of a report to produce your own report.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for both student and professional engineers. It will teach you the technical report writing skills you need to tackle everything from a two-page document to a PhD thesis. As such, it will be applicable for the entirety of your engineering degree or career.
Who will you learn with?
I'm a Senior University Teacher and Director of Academic Operations in the University of Sheffield's £81 million teaching facility, the Diamond. I'm an engineer that teaches fluids, thermal and CFD.
Who developed the course?
The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.
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