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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

You may also be interested in our Technical Writing Certificate, which includes the following courses:

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

Please note that the Free Intro to Technical 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.

Winter 2024
January 8 - February 4, 2024
February 12 - March 10, 2024
Spring 2024
May 6 - June 2, 2024
4 weeks | Asynchronous
price (2)
$499 (+$60 registration fee)
Additional Information:
3.2 CEUs | 32 Hours

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Past Students' Work

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