04-801-U3   Technical Writing and Communication Skills

Location: Africa

Units: 6

Semester Offered: Spring

Course description

This course aims to improve students’ ability to produce clear and accurate technical texts such as lab reports, scientific papers, process flows, knowledge-based articles, as well as giving technical presentations.

Note that this course is intended to only be offered & taken PASS/NO PASS.

Learning objectives

  • Students will gain an introduction to technical writing and be able to plan and create technical communication.
  • They will become aware of genre requirements such as: arrangement, emphasis, clarity, conciseness, tone and ethos.
  • They will become aware of the process of technical writing, i.e.: audience profiling; user task analysis; information architecture; content development; technical and editorial reviews; formatting and publishing (publish the document).
  • They will be able to produce good quality technical reports that meet the requirements of their brief.
  • They will also be able to deliver more impactful presentations.


Students will be able to produce a range of technical documents to a high professional standard, showing an awareness of audience, purpose and context.

They will be able to apply these concepts to both written and oral communication.

Content details

  • Critical thinking
  • Academic writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Seminar discussion skills


For CMU Africa students only. Not suitable for students studying 04-606 in the same semester.


Glen Thompson