University of British Columbia Okanagan
Earth, Environment, and Geographic Sciences Department

Critical Skills for Technical Communication Badges & Microcredential

Sample participant comments:

  • "I must say I am enjoying your course. It is interesting that what I read, is what I practiced. But it did not come at once, I fine-tuned it over many years, whereas I could have taken a course like yours and saved all the trouble."
    - Ahmet Ulker, 40 years' experience in engineering consulting

  • "It's like you have gathered all the best language gems and are sharing them all at once."
    - Heather Larratt, 40 years' experience in environmental consulting

  • This course has been my first exposure to the world of technical writing. It’s a bit like being taught music theory as a self-taught musician. I could already write and edit, but I didn’t understand the reasoning behind my decisions and relied more on a gut feeling. It’s nice to learn to spot the errors in my approach, and find out what I was doing right.
    - Logan Pay, undergraduate, environmental chemistry

  1. Free upcoming webinars and past webinar recordings available here:
    UBC EEGS Department Page:
    https://eegs.ok.ubc.ca/non-degree-programs/
    Youtube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpCHOMo9rpQdlWD3OBwocsQ


  1. Career & Professional Development Technical Writing Courses come with badges that you can share on your LinkedIn profile to demonstrate to others that you are advancing your skill set.

    Courses for the first term in 2021 include the following list. Visit the Department web page
    https://eegs.ok.ubc.ca/non-degree-programs/ or contact Christa at ChristaBedwin at gmail.com to learn more.


Module Descriptions

Module 1. Technical Reporting

Well-written reports are essential to any scientific, engineering, or business work. High quality reports communicate effectively with clients and other parties on the project, and keep a solid accurate record of activities on a project over time. This module explores the pieces of a well- written report, with interviews from experts on executive summaries, and the importance of carefully considering your audience.


Module 2. Technical Writing Basics & Styles

The minutiae of scientific writing styles are important to have right to communicate well, but they also help to stay on the right side of any legal issues when things go wrong. Consistency, correctness, and accuracy are important in spelling, data presentation, community portrayal, and more. Learn the tools and refinements to turn out polished and professional papers.


Module 3. Grammar & Clarity in Technical Writing

Correct grammar and language are essential for any professional who wishes to advance in their field. This module covers common errors, correct English grammar, and ways to make your written words clearer, faster, and more pleasing to read. Plain language and readability are covered.


Module 4. Reviewing Technical Documents

Peer review can improve the quality of technical documents, but the process of working well with colleagues and their writing can be a learning curve. This module offers a step-by-step method to maximize efficiency, collaborate effectively, and catch as many errors as possible to be a team that turns out top-quality papers and communications.


Module 5. Team & Client Communications

Sometimes teams of good people end up stuck in ineffective patterns, though each person individually might have good skills and attributes. This module covers practices to help avoid these ruts, and to make the most of your team and client relationships through effective communications.


Module 6. Technical Training Documents

Good training can save time and money and ensure that workers and workplaces are kept safe. Poor training documents waste time, cause mistakes, and can even be deadly. Learn strategies to ensure that essential information is actually received by the trainees so that crucial knowledge is top-of-mind when it needs to be.


Module 7. Engaging Technical Presentations

Oral presentation of the results of your research or findings on a contract can be an essential way to relay information. Many people do not present information well, which can limit the reach of their ideas and the formation of professional connections. Learn tips and techniques to engage your audiences and keep them with you from beginning to end, and asking for more.


Module 8. Winning Technical Proposals

Winning someone to your way of thinking depends of course upon your technical excellence and your reputation, but using the right persuasive words and learning the elements of winning style can give you an advantage over your competitors.