Technical Writing BWR301 Course Online

Technical Writing Course Online. Sale!
Full Fee $595.00incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

  • Learn to write technical manuals, scientific documents, texts and articles or anything else of a scientific or technical nature.
  • Develop skills to write technical information for a variety of different purposes.
  • Professional development course for anyone working in a technical field, from consultants and teachers to scientists and engineers

Course Aims:

  • Identify a broad range of situations where technical writing is used and where you might gainfully apply those skills;
  • Present technical documentation for a variety of situations;
  • Determine how to write appropriately for a defined audience;
  • Develop formats for different documents that follow a logical appropriate structure;
  • Explain how to effectively collaborate with one or more people in the production of a technical writing assignment;
  • Write items of technical writing that are appropriate for publication in different types of periodicals including: popular magazines, industry magazines, scientific journals, newspapers and e-zines;
  • Write easy to follow, technically accurate instructions for a variety of processes, using a variety of equipment;
  • Write a formal proposal for a project;
  • Write in an effective and appropriate style of report, during, or on conclusion of a project

Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 9 lessons in this course:


Scope and Nature of Technical Writing

  • Nature and Scope
  • Quality of Information
  • Nature of Language
  • Structure
  • Characteristics of Technical Writing

Presentation of Technical Writing

  • Presentation
  • Basic Parts of a Document (Written text, Images, White space)
  • Headings
  • Types of Images (Tables, Charts, Graphs, Photos, Drawings)
  • Captions and Labels
  • Main Elements (Front Matter, Body, end matter)
  • Creating an Index
  • Elements of Different types of Technical Documents (References, Texts, Journals, Reports, etc)
  • Referencing

Matching Style and Content to the Audience

  • Writing for an Audience
  • Writing Well
  • Writing Guidelines (Jargon, Gender neutral writing, Using simple sentences, passive or active language, first, second or third person, etc)
  • Spelling, Grammar
  • Editing, Proof reading

Planning: Developing a Logical Structure or Format

  • Creating a Technical Document
  • Research the Document; gather information
  • Plan; decide on the format
  • Write; create an outline and then write the first draft
  • Verify; check the accuracy of what you have written
  • Revise; amend the document before
  • Writing a First Draft

Collaborative Writing

  • Working in a team
  • Tasks and Roles
  • Technical Brief
  • Strategies for Collaboration
  • Style Guide
  • Using Templates
  • Using Email Effectively

Writing Technical Articles for Periodicals

  • Writing for Periodicals
  • Publisher Specs
  • Writing Descriptions and Specifications
  • Journal Abstracts

Writing Manuals and Procedures

  • Writing manuals
  • Writing Instructions and Procedures
  • Guidelines
  • Troubleshooting

Writing Project Proposals

  • What is a Proposal?
  • Proposal Categories (Solicited and Unsolicited)
  • Model for Writing Proposals
  • Grant Proposals
  • The Stop Format

Writing Project Reports

  • Types of Reports
  • Progress Reports
  • Completion Reports
  • Review Reports
  • Regulatory Reports
  • Feasibility Reports
  • Scientific Reports
  • Elements of a Formal Report
  • Executive Summaries

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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“… it seemed to have a logical flow. I appreciated the flexibilty in completing the course at my pace. I also enjoyed being able to complete the assignments in any order. I was able to use assignments for work and volunteer activities which was very beneficial.” – D. Lynas.

Course Tutor

Robert N. Stephenson

Robert N. Stephenson is a published author of 5 books and the publisher of 25 books for other authors through his publishing imprint. Over his career thus far he has had over 100 short stories published in 10 countries and a number of languages. For fourteen years he also worked as a literary agent for his own agency where he represented such authors as Tony Shillitoe and Christy Jordan. As a tutor he has worked with over 1500 students in the last 10 years and a number of which have gone on to develop careeers in writing.

Besides wining awards for his own writing he is also the runner up in the 2008 Pride of Australia Medal for his contributions to the development of writing in others. Robert ran Altair Magazine for seven issues before it stopped production b ut during this time he discovered several new writers who have gone on to do great things both in Australia and in the USA. As he says, writing is a journey and a conversation with a reader, may we learn to create together.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.