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Writing Computer User Manuals and System Documentation

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Writing software and hardware documentation and user manuals people can use.

When you write user manuals or system documentation, you are addressing your business’s most valuable asset: its users. The difference between good documentation and bad is the difference between happy customers and those who are frustrated and disinclined to use your product. It’s challenging to explain technical issues that you know inside out to users who are just getting started. This course will guide you through a task-oriented approach to writing manuals and documentation that will keep your users happy, engaged, and successful in using your software.

Course Highlights

  • Learn the task-oriented approach to writing for users
  • Learn the best practices that make clear user-support materials
  • Includes reader analysis, planning, writing, and testing the materials
  • Learn to write online help, tutorials, quick references, and step-by-step instructions
  • Learn to perform usability testing and revise to suit the users

Course Description

The Writing Computer User Manuals and System Documentation course teaches the skills of writing computer software documentation. It teaches a task-oriented approach to developing user support material by teaching you to write from the end user's point of view. Good support materials lead to customer satisfaction and user success.

When You Complete This Course...

  • You will understand how to put yourself in your users’ shoes and give them the support documentation they want and need.
  • You will know how to break down user instructions into a clear, detailed, and step-by-step structure everyone can quickly understand.
  • You will learn how to pair your written documentation with visual aids.

How It Works

Work Online

When you enroll, we give you access to all the online lessons and training materials. Each lesson builds on the lessons that precede it. We offer clear explanations for every part of our training and plenty of real-world examples of how to apply the skills you are learning.

Set Your Own Pace

You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. You don’t have to be online with other students or perform activities at specific times.

Instructor Feedback

Your instructor evaluates all your work, coaches you through learning the skills, and gives you personalized feedback on what you are doing well and what still needs polish. You can contact your instructor at any time if you have questions about your training, business writing, or the English language.


When you finish the course within four months, you receive a graduation certificate.


You may purchase the textbooks from a bookseller such as You will also study online training materials.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Writing User Support Materials

Lesson 2: Understanding Users

Lesson 3: Planning the Project

Lesson 4: Doing the Task Analysis

Lesson 5: Writing Steps and Actions

Lesson 6: Laying Out Pages and Screens

Lesson 7: Using Graphics

Lesson 8: Designing for Task Orientation

Lesson 9: Designing Indexes

Lesson 10: Getting Useful Reviews

Lesson 11: Conducting Usability Testing

Lesson 12: Editing and Proofreading

Lesson 13: Writing Reference Material

Lesson 14: Writing Tutorials

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Dr. Hogan

Writing Coaching by Dr. Robert Hogan

Dr. Hogan has been training writers for 40 years in universities, colleges of business, consulting companies, and professional writing companies.

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Course Features

Course Materials: Online

Certificate upon Completion: Yes

Instructor Feedback: Yes

Letter of Recommendation: Yes

Lesson Count: 14

Practice Activities: 14

Exams: Activities are the exams

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