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Technical Report Writing for Engineers

Get an introduction to technical report writing. Find out how to communicate your ideas through well-written engineering reports.

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Technical Report Writing for Engineers

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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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Technical engineering reports are vital tools for engineers to communicate. But often inconsistencies and inaccuracies bring confusion or delay to projects. Engineering students, recent graduates, new employees, and even established engineers need to convey sensitive and complex information in a clear and accurate manner when they enter the workplace, and the technical engineering report is usually the best way to do it.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 seconds This free online course from The University of Sheffield will look at how this important type of document is constructed by breaking it down into its component parts. We’ll examine the qualities of a successful report and teach you the techniques required to communicate your opinions and ideas with other engineers. We’ll explore how engineering reports should be written and structured. We’ll offer a step-by-step guide to each section with what to include and exclude, mistakes to avoid, and the correct use of language. After all, a successful project - and career - starts with a successful report.

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

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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 the Head of Department in the University of Sheffield's £81 million teaching facility, the Diamond. I'm an engineer that teaches fluids, thermo and CFD. Follow me on twitter @fluidsandthermo

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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