Technical Report Writing


One day

Suitable for

Anyone required to produce technical or semi-technical reports that need to be logical, structured and clearly understandable to both the specialist and the non-specialist.For those new to report writing or those who want a refresher or to establish a professional approach to business writing.


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Write technical reports that are clear, concise and effective
  • Use a systematic approach to structure and layout
  • Apply practical techniques to organise information
  • Be confident in the use of plain English and good punctuation
  • Use references, appendices, figures and graphics effectively


Introduction & Workshop Objectives

  • What we are going to cover today.

Key Points

  • Barriers to communication through the written word
  • The importance of readability
  • Personal style
  • Getting the brief right
  • Understanding readers
  • The advantages of a systematic approach

Planning and Preparation

  • Establishing the scope and purpose
  • Constraints of time and money
  • Confidentiality
  • The collection, selection and arrangement of information

Structure and Sequence

  • Sequencing and layout
  • Tables, figures and appendices
  • Dealing with abstracts and summaries
  • The body of the report
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Using references and bibliography

Language use andPersonal Style

  • A refresher on punctuation
  • Using plain English
  • Paragraph and sentence structure
  • Clarity and brevity
  • Identifying your ‘voice’ and personalclichés

Standards andConventions

  • ‘House style’ and best practice
  • The use of diagrams and tabulations
  • Headings and labels.

Technical ReportWriting in Practice

  • Developing a professional approach
  • Building the technical report
  • Reviewing and providing feedback

Checking forQuality

  • Proofreading
  • Layout analysis
  • Revising and editing

The Way Forward

  • Taking ideas back to the workplace and putting them into action

Duration (in days)


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