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Online Course

Technical Report Writing for Engineers

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate $54 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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Overview

Learn to communicate effectively through technical report writing

Technical reports are a vital tool for engineers to communicate their ideas. This online course introduces technical report writing and teaches the techniques you need to construct well-written engineering reports.

Each week, we’ll look at a key section of a technical report and the skills needed to write it. You’ll cover areas such as referencing and citations; presenting equations; diagrams and data; and using language and tenses correctly.

We’ll also talk to practising engineers, as well as students and educators who write and mark technical reports, who’ll give their hands-on advice.

This course is designed for both student and professional engineers. It will teach you the technical report writing skills you need to tackle everything from a two-page document to a PhD thesis. As such, it will be applicable for the entirety of your engineering degree or career.

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Andrew Garrard

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Technical Report Writing for Engineers Based on 89 reviews

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Feedback: I found your course was geared towards undergrad students to teach them the fundamentals of lab reports. I think it covered the basics for the preparation of reports and it was well presented. I liked the online format. It was easy to access and allowed for non-students to work at a pace...
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As I have already written a report for my undergraduate Final Year Project, I thought the report as ideal & free from mistakes, now after learning this course, it is realized that there were many deficiencies & mistakes in my report, so much important stuffs were ignored that are required for writing...
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Anonymous completed this course.
The course took a very well structured look at how university and research-level reports should be structured, written, and presented. While the exact structure given is not automatically applicable to engineering reports written in industry or professional practice, the bulk of the information was very applicable to any engineer at any stage of his or her career.

There were a couple of parts which gave quite bad advice relating to document control during the compilation process, for example having multiple versions. While it is appropriate to keep snapshots of the report for backup reasons (separate to the master working copy) to allow recovery of earlier content if a problem occurs, there must always be just one master copy of the report that the team works in, with the same filename until the report is finalised.
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Thank you for giving this opportunity because it’s really helpful for me. I am a student of Engineering background. So, technical report writing is the best course for my educational purpose. In this course experts of different technical fields also share their opinions with the students. It’s really cool way of learning. Experts peoples guidelines always acceptable by the audiences who are really want to learn. And i am one of them. After reading a whole topics their a way of review. How much students learn from this topics. It’s a multiple choices questions paper to test how much students learn from this whole topics without cut marks. It’s really helpful to boost the confidence level of students. I really enjoy this course very much.
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Anonymous completed this course.
I have successfully finished this course and wow what a journey it has been. At first I was a bit hesitant that this course might be very technical, however, it was the entire opposite. It taught me the basics mandatory for a good technical report, starting with the significance of a 'good' technical report.

I think the beginning week was the crucial one since it highlighted the aftermath of poor communication via bad technical report. The lessons, quizzes are really easily understandable which makes it even more interesting.

Moreover, the videos of professional Engineers and industrialists motivated me to a great extent on learning all the things necessary for a good report. Like they say, experience speaks for itself.
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Anonymous completed this course.
This was a very interesting and informative course. I often have to compile reports on many different subjects and at times the reports are skimmed over because of moving onto the next subject. A comment by one of the tutors wished this had been taught in schools prior to engaging in university studies? that would have been a subject worth taking in school and like the tutor, forced religious studies was certainly not my strong point and had absolutely no bearing in trying to tackle Young's Modulus.... In an age where there is a lack of home grown Engineers and Construction Professionals in the UK.. this needs to be added to some schools curriculum.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I found the course very enlightening. A very easy-to-follow course with what to do and most importantly, what not to do. Emphasis was placed on being concise in language and especially factual in content even when making a conjecture. I also found the videos by the engineers in the industry very useful. The comment section was like staying in for optional tuition from peers and teaching assistants, as such, created a milieu to share and compare. This is my first online course and it has been a great defining experience.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course applies to the _theory_ of writing a report. Other “report writing courses” tend to concentrate on spelling a grammar traps. This course works through the natural logical structure of a report.

The difficulty level of the course is pitched well, for an audience of widely differing experience. I could have benefited from this course around about A-Levels! I have benefited from this course now as a revision, and a revelation, of what I have forgotten, and how I should be doing it!

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Technical Report Writing for Engineers by the University of Sheffield is a well structured course that takes you through all the bits and pieces involved in writing a technical report. There are aspects of report writing that one might miss, or not give much importance to, although the research presented is highly important. Slight changes and tweaks in the report can highly improve the impact of such a research. This course equips students with the skills required to do so.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course gives excellent tips, concise about a knowledge as basic as necessary, such as knowing how to make a technical engineering report. It gives a general structure of the same, many tips and tools to take into consideration when making a good report. I enjoy the course. thank you!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has more focused on the structure of the report , which is useful a lot, especially your way of explaining what should not be included in a particular section.

I am expecting more courses that focus on the content itself in Technical Writing.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Thank you for this learning privilege. This course helps us a lot especially writing a technical report properly. This course teaches us how to write effectively so that our message as engineers to other readers is well-understood and clearly learned.
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Mbata W
by Mbata completed this course.
The course is very resourceful, learners friendly. So many guidelines and expert advice. Had great materials following instructions given making study much easier. Every bit of technical report writing was well address with supplementary information that are needed to enable professional writing.well guided quick test( great fun) with well explained answers from an experienced tutor. Well illustrative section, that had good audio and video quality. Emphasis on key idea like possible errors in report writing bring the students mind to those often neglected concept. Comment section to get feed back from the students. It contains comment from other students aiding in comment writing. A Discussion section that highlight a key concept of the lecture taken which helps in better understanding of the concept. Assessment is also given to further test the students understanding with answer by the eductors.it is really a nice learning experience.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
As addressing the accurate report is part of the Engineers responsibility this course included the most important Technics which should be implemented during writing a report process and using those Technics could help clarity of the report and provide specific information to the reader.

It also helps to be able to develop and follow the correct procedure of how to write a proper technical report for Engineers and to interpret the proper way of experimenting the experiment.

The description of the course providing the correct way of reporting a report, mathematical equation, Tables, etc.. all the Technics of provided in this course allow to identify the common mistake made in daily bases when writing a report or in experiment activities. This course allow to spot and eliminate those technical problems.



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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This is my first course about writing a technical report for engineers. So, I have taken every bit of information I found in the course and hope to use it for the near future. It was great, outstanding and exceptional course which opened my eyes to what a good technical report is and why does it matter. Let me simplify it for you. At the end of this course you will be able to produce a good report and you will have a checklist to make sure what you have produced is perfect. You will also gain other important knowledge throughout the course such as referencing, access to a database from The University of Sheffield to search a background for your topic and much more.
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Usman Y
Usman completed this course.
I have being writing technical reports not knowing I have done a lot of mistake in the reports, with the help of this class I learned about my mistakes and also how I would improve on my report writing. The class was very motivating as I'm telling you now, I garnered a lot of things and I have a skills for writing effective technical report. I urge those that did not participate in the class that they should register and attained through in the class whether you know how to write the report or not, I believe you must see your mistakes. Lastly, I thank all my instructors who guide me through. I thank Sheffield University!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is extremely user-friendly with regards to the short videos made of professionals sharing their experience and the graphical animations used. Also, the quizzes and activities introduced along the course ease the digestion of information given previously. I would like to thank Doctor Andrew Garrard and his colleagues for the efforts put in making such an effective course. I was attracted to it from the first chapter and was sad to have completed the course. I have learned a lot of valuable information and will definitely take it and apply it in writing my reports in the future.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was laid out in a logical manner with easy to understand and follow steps. The content was engaging and presented in a variety of ways from articles to videos to online discussions which helped to keep it engaging. The interviews with engineers working in the field helped to show the real world application of good report writing and the content was provided in a way that can be transferred to any technical or STEM related field.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course has been very smooth and lot more informative, interactive through built-in quiz. I have been writing technical reports after making a scientic equipment where in I have generally followed a typical structure explained here. But hereafter my report will be meaningful, professional by following the checklist provided. Thanks to the creators, educators and consultants of this course for providing such a rare sought-after course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
As a fresh graduate aerospace engineer at the begging of the course, I thought that Ill does not learn anything new but as I'm going on the course I keep seeing new things and concepts that I didn't know the hidden concept, techniques, and methods. Thanks a lot for everyone who participated to develop this course and giving it to the community for free to help and improve the ones who try to doing their best to improve themself.
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