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Online Technical Writing Course Offered by UC Riverside 

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By going back to school, a technical writing team can improve its productivity and effectiveness. With a technical writing course, workers can begin to improve their skills or gain new skills to add to their current job responsibilities. Completing such a course online is convenient, especially for technical writing teams that are dispersed geographically.

Beginning April 4, 2011, an online technical writing seminar will be offered by University of California, Riverside.

The course will cover the basics of writing policy and procedure manuals, user guides, and proposals – the most common needs from technical writing teams.

For those interested in becoming medical technical writers or who simply want to add technical writing certification to their resume, this is an opportunity to seek out the training necessary in an online setting.

The course being offered is a requirement for UCR’s Certficate in Technical Writing, so for those with little formal training it can be a great stepping stone to getting certified.

More convenient for busy adults, the UCR online technical writing course is just what a person needs when they’re between jobs or want to advance in their current position.

Documentation managers may want to suggest this course as a supplemental learning resource, and some companies may pay for the training if their budget allows and HR approves.

The course website ( ) lists the following course details:

  • The development of writing skills and proper use of English
  • User guide standards
  • Policy and procedure manuals
  • Basic formatting and structure
  • Evaluating user requirements
  • Document development techniques

Using “Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Content,” as the textbook, students will meet 10 times between April 4, 2011 and June 10, 2011 and will be taught by Sharon Burton.

The fee for this course is $495 and registered students will receive 3 credits toward their certificate in Technical Writing.

Pre-registration should be completed by April 1, 2011.

The more training a technical writing team has, the better team members can function both as individuals and as part of the team.

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