Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills (2 Days)
Date & Time
Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! This two-day, hands-on course is aimed at those with scientific and technical backgrounds. From structure and grammar to impact – get on-site expert feedback, a chance to work on a current, future, or past piece of your writing, and get exposure to many samples of writing, from atrocious to outstanding.
*This session is being offered in collaboration with Mitacs Training. Mitacs Training provides professional development training to advanced degree graduates, supplementing their education and research experience with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.
NOTE: Participants must commit to attending both days (January 25th and 26th)
To increase participant awareness and application of tools and exercises available to them to better present their research and knowledge in written form.
- Through participating and completing this course, participants will:
- Broaden their perspective on the importance of the writing process
- Learn to analyze their audience and plan the writing process accordingly
- Be able to identify all aspects of technical reports
- Learn effective editing techniques
- Understand how to use graphics to make an impact and support an argument
Key Topic Areas
Overall writing process
- common pitfalls, dealing with procrastination, staying motivated
- the importance of the writing process (inventing, drafting, editing, and revising)
- audience analysis, understanding purpose, tone, and genres
- effectively organizing documents and using standard forms (i.e., theses, journal papers, poster presentation, other reports)
- persuasive and informative writing
- aspects of technical reports (i.e., abstracts, introductions, results, and conclusions)
Editing and visuals
- principles of punctuation
- revising sentences for order (sentence structure, ordering ideas)
- revising sentences for clarity (avoiding general language, vague this subjects, noun strings, and prepositional phrases)
- revising sentences for conciseness (importance of descriptive verbs, avoiding empty sentence openers)
- revising for connection (structuring paragraphs, transitions between sentences)
- effective use of graphics (appropriate types of graphs, proper use of colour and layout, incorporating graphics into text)
Michael Sjoerdsma has taught in the School of Engineering Science at SFU since September 2003. He teaches a number of courses encompassing various aspects of technical communication. Because of his technical training as an engineer, Michael has firsthand knowledge of the requirements needed for effectively communicating technical material. Michael has taught technical writing for the Management Skills and Advanced Technology program. He also provides writing and editing services for graduate students, professors, and private companies. Michael is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and several other professional associations.
Registration opens on Monday, January 18th at 9:00am.
Graduate students from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to participate. Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NO-SHOW FEE: No-shows are costly for our program and, most importantly, leave students on the waiting list. Students who register and do not attend will be charged a $25 no-show fee. To avoid this fee, please cancel at least 2 business days in advance by e-mailing email@example.com. If we are able to fill your spot from the waiting list, you will not be charged.