Writing Technical Explanations for Non‑technical Readers

  • Teaching trainees how to write technical explanations for non-technical readers
  • Teaching the best practices that result in clear, easy-to-understand technical writing
  • Taught by a business college PhD professor
  • Self-pacing
  • Technical writing course materials all online
  • Many technical writing exercises
  • Activities to practice technical writing for non-technical readers
  • Easy-to-understand lessons
  • A wide variety of examples of technical writing for non-technical readers
  • Five diagnostic technical report writing examinations with evaluation, comments, and coaching by the instructor
  • Technical report writing course materials remain online after graduation for later reference
  • Tuition: $295


The Writing Technical Explanations for Non-technical Readers course teaches the skills required to write technical explanations for readers who are not specialists in the subject and do not know the jargon. The course also will teach you how to structure and write the report so it is well organized and easy to follow and understand.

The online lessons contain clear explanations and many examples. You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. The instructor evaluates the activities and examinations, comments on skills learned and skills that still need polish, coaches you through learning the skills, and certifies your competence. You receive a graduation certificate at the end of the course.

Course Time

You will go through this technical-writing course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period.

Writing Technical Explanations for Non-technical Readers Course Content

Lesson 1: How to communicate technical writing information clearly to non-technical readers.

Lesson 2: Provide technical writing that suits the reader’s knowledge of the subject, educational background, technical expertise, need for concrete explanations, and need for depth of knowledge.

Lesson 3: Include everything every intended reader needs to achieve your objectives.

Lesson 4: Organize the technical writing to give readers the information they need at the specific points where they need it for maximum understanding.

Lesson 5: When readers have differing needs or abilities, write different versions of the document or sections within the document to match the readers’ needs and abilities.

Lesson 6: Format the technical writing in clearly defined information blocks that the reader can read, understand, and remember, one block at a time.

Lesson 7: For each technical writing block, write an explicit opening statement the reader can use to begin putting the block’s details into a framework.

Lesson 8: Present technical writing in a clear visual blueprint so readers can see the organization as they read.

Lesson 9: Use tables to organize technical writing so readers can place the details into a clear framework.

Lesson 10: Use key terms consistently to guide readers through the technical writing.

Lesson 11: Fully explain the concept behind every new key term as the reader encounters it.

Lesson 12: Write clear, focused, organized paragraphs that help readers identify, understand, and remember concepts.

Lesson 13: Write sentences that are complete, simple, clear, and straightforward.

Lesson 14: Use only simple punctuation in your technical writing.

Lesson 15: Use words every intended reader will understand.

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Writing Coaching by Dr. Robert Hogan

Business Writing InstructorDr. Robert Hogan teaches the coaching, tutoring, and individualized business writing courses. Dr. Hogan has been training writers for 40 years in universities, colleges of business, consulting companies, and professional writing companies. He has been a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County College, and Illinois State University College of Business. He was manager of communications in a telephone billing company and owner of a company writing documents on contract for government agencies and corporations.

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