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Technical Report Writing for Engineers

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

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.

Taught by

Andrew Garrard

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 109 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...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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...
  • Mbata Wisdom 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...
  • Anonymous

    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...
  • 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...
  • Mst. Sharmin Akter

    Mst. Sharmin Akter completed this course.

    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...
  • Anonymous

    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.
  • Anonymous

    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.
  • 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.
  • Usman Yahaya

    Usman Yahaya 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!
  • 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.

    Thank You!
  • 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.
  • 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!

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you very much for all the videos, links, Excel and PDF documents that you have shared throughout the course with the students. Excellent share document report writing checklist!

    The six weeks course has been very interesting, constructive, some parts a bit complicated (technical language) remembering equations, mathematics, arithmetic and others! Everything learned is what I was looking for and needed to understand some technical parts of the technical report of the Engineers. I hope to apply it soon in my work in the Automotive sector.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.

    Thank You!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Today I completed this course. I had learn many things step by step about , technical report writing. so I am proudly recommended this course not only the biginers also the skilled engineers. thank you very much for the university of Sheffield engineering departmant.
  • 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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