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Manuals: Instructions and Overviews

Study instructions and overviews in this expert-led online course. In just four weeks, you'll learn how to use professional technical writing conventions of clean and clear design, style, and layout of written materials.

Write an Owner's Manual

In this class you'll work on an owner's manual as part of your technical writing portfolio. This means you'll focus on important areas for technical writers to develop such as instructions and procedures, technical descriptions, process overviews and more.

Throughout the process you'll receive feedback on your writing from OSU writing instructors to help you refine your document and advance your technical writing skills. At the end of the course you'll have a lengthy technical writing document to include as part of your portfolio.

What You'll Learn

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Create an effective owner’s manual for end users.
  • Create an effective layout that aids end-user experience.
  • Gather and apply researched information that is appropriate to your field, as demonstrated by reading and analyzing documents, and citing sources correctly.

Technical Writing Certificate

This course is part of our Technical Writing Certificate, which includes:

  1. Free Introduction to Technical Writing (self-paced)
  2. Manuals: Instructions and Overviews
  3. Technical Editing and Report Writing
  4. Single-Sourcing and Methodology
  5. Usability and User-Centered Design
  6. Portfolio Creation

Please note that the Free Intro to Tech Writing class is self-paced and not required to receive a certificate. If you are new to technical writing, it is recommended that you complete this course and also take the other courses in the order outlined here.

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Jan. 3 - 30, 2022
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4 weeks
location
Online
price (2)
$425 (+$60 registration fee)

Past Students' Work

Take a look at some recent projects our students have created.