Professional Certificate of Competency in Specification and Technical Writing

 

Course at a Glance


Course Name - Professional Certificate of Competency in Specification and Technical Writing

Course Code - CTW

Qualification - Professional Development

Duration - 3 Months

CEU/CPD* - on enquiry

*CEU/CPD hours vary according to your professional body.

 

BY THE END OF THIS 3-MONTH INTERACTIVE LIVE ONLINE COURSE YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

 

  • Systematically design and write accurate and comprehensive technical specifications
  • Write realistic specifications, thereby improving project management and performance
  • Write clear and concise formal reports, equipment manuals and other technical documentation
  • Develop effective communication with technical as well as non-technical staff at all levels (from top management within the organisation to the end user in the home environment)
  • Brainstorm and identify technical problems and solutions
  • Collect, organise, analyse and evaluate information
  • Transfer technical information into powerful graphs, flowcharts and tables
  • Translate technical documents into captivating oral presentations

 

The next intake starts on the week of September 18, 2017.

Contact us for more information and to apply.

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Details

Overview

Researching and preparing technical documents, especially technical specifications, calls for much effort and time. This program is designed to give you step by step guidance to writing these documents in a professional manner, working within a cost and time framework.

The program will demonstrate techniques to establishing more effective communication between technical and non-technical staff and foster skills relating to problem identification and solutions, plus enhancing skills in information seeking, research and organising collected data in a non-conflicting, unambiguous manner.


Course Outline

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING

What is technical writing? What makes it unique?
Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity (ABCs of technical writing)
Categories of readers
Effective communication
Expressing Vs Impressing


MODULE 2: THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

Preparing to write
Organizing the writing
Editing and revision


MODULE 3: USE OF LANGUAGE AND WORDS

Readability
Clarifying the writing
Choice of vocabulary
Simplifying the writing


MODULE 4: THE ELEMENTS OF TECHNICAL WRITING

Technical definitions
Technical descriptions
Technical descriptions


MODULE 5: WRITING OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF TECHNICAL REPORTS

Formal report
Structure of report
Content
Conclusions
Appendices
Illustrations
References
Bibliography


MODULE 6: WRITING OF OTHER TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS

Technical memo and background reports
Technical proposal
User manuals and maintenance manuals
Journal articles


MODULE 7: OVERVIEW OF DESIGN (TECHNICAL) SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications and design
Design process
Understanding the problem and the development of engineering specifications


MODULE 8: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION-PREREQUISITES TO WRITING

Planning to write the specification
Preparing the specification
Scope
Specification database
Basic specification information
Supporting information
Organizing input from different specialists and sources
Structure of technical specifications


MODULE 9: WRITING OF TECHNICAL SPECIFCATIONS - 1

Different types of technical specifications
Various uses of technical specifications
Creating a specification template
Writing the specification


MODULE 10: WRITING OF TECHNICAL SPECIFCATIONS - 2

Vetting the specification
Reviewing specifications
Errors in specifications
Specification approval and authorization
Hazardous materials
Conflicting requirements
Quantities
Professionalism
Do’s and don’ts of specification writing
Specification checklist


MODULE 11: PRESENTATION ASPECTS

Appearance of the document
Text and design
Visual aids
Most common formats of graphics
Illustrations
Highlighting techniques
Tips for using illustrations/graphics
Transferring information from notes to graphics/graphics to notes


MODULE 12: ORAL DELIVERY OF TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS

What is communication?
Motivation and attention
Preparing your presentation
Make a positive impact
Using presentation aids effectively
Maximizing delivery impact
Handling difficult situations


 

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of eLearning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Course Coordinator for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 


Benefits of eLearning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students

 

How Does it Work?

EIT eLearning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Course Coordinator.


Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.

 

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In Company Online Training Solutions

Special class groups can be arranged on request to match your own schedule. If you have a large number of staff who should complete one of our programs, read more about our In Company Online Training HERE and contact us to assist you further.

 

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Fee Information

Course Fees

What are the fees for my country?

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides distance education to students located all around the world – it is one of the very few truly global training institutes. Course fees are paid in a currency that is determined by the student’s location. We aim to give you a rapid response regarding course fees that are relevant to your individual circumstances.

We understand that cost is a major consideration before a student begins to study. For a rapid reply to your query regarding courses fees and payment options, please contact a Course Advisor in your region via the below button and we will respond within two (2) business days.

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EIT Certificate Course Payment Information

Please contact us with your location for certificate fees in the relevant currency. Full payment is required between two (2) and four (4) weeks before the course starts.

Certificate fees include:

  • All live webinars with a professional instructor
  • Four (4) technical manuals (as searchable eBooks)
  • Course materials
  • Software
  • Postage
  • Assignments, and
  • Ongoing support from a dedicated Course Coordinator

All you need to participate is an Internet connection, a computer, speakers and, if possible, a microphone.

 

Fee concessions may apply for multiple bookings on our certificate courses.

For a rapid reply to your query regarding courses fees and payment options, please contact us and we will respond within two (2) business days.

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Related Courses

Other Courses Available from EIT's School of Engineering Management

  1. Diploma of Leadership and Management
  2. Professional Certificate of Competency in Project Management for Engineers and Technicians
  3. Professional Certificate of Competency in Financial Fundamentals and Project Investment Decision Making
     

Many engineering professionals tend to take on a role which encompasses management (and leadership) tasks at some stage of their career despite enjoying the technical aspects of their career.

Effective management, however, requires formal training and a willingness to learn new skills. All the technical know-how in the world will not deliver a project successfully, i.e. with the required level of quality, within cost constraints and on time. Unfortunately very few engineering professionals have any degree of formal management training, which results in a great deal of personal stress as well as cost blow-outs and other woes.

The lack of training often applies to the 'people skills' required for effective leadership as well. Critical project related activities such as work breakdown, scheduling, cost control and risk management, are important to understand. The 'soft' (but equally important) aspects such as team leadership and contract law are also critical.

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) School of Engineering Management thus focuses on project management with a interest in time, cost and risk management.

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