University of Colorado Boulder
Technical Managerial Written Skills
University of Colorado Boulder

Technical Managerial Written Skills

This course is part of Technical Communication Specialization

Taught in English

Daniel Moorer

Instructor: Daniel Moorer

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Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Beginner level

Recommended experience

18 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
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Progress towards a degree

What you'll learn

  • Write for the educated layperson.

  • Apply brevity and focus when writing.

  • Address your reader's "hot buttons" (issues in which they are most interested) so as to become a more influential writer.

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Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Beginner level

Recommended experience

18 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace
Progress towards a degree

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There are 4 modules in this course

The best trait when working to achieve effective and professional writing is humility. Although all of us consider ourselves above-average writers, the fact is that there are only a few who rise above the rest with "perfect" documents that achieve "flow", and exercise exceptional word choice, correct paragraph sentence and paragraph structure, and perfect grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and hyphenation. These, then are the attributes and standards we hope to achieve starting with this first module. Our goal is that each of us rise above our current level of writing expertise.

What's included

4 videos7 readings1 peer review8 discussion prompts

The most fundamental business writing exercise is exemplified by the "Letter To the External Stakeholder". In addition, there are the larger questions that are addressed here. These include the viability of letter writing as a business practice; the fundamentals including formatting, grammar, punctuation, paragraph formation; the importance of word choice; and the very important practice of proofreading. All of this is an important first step for improving one's writing skills.

What's included

4 videos4 readings1 quiz1 peer review8 discussion prompts

A common element of writing in business and industry is the Research Proposal. The "proposal" is a common tool in business and industry used to compete for future business. Proposals are not just statements of what you or your business are capable of doing; there will be many bidders who will make the same statement. Instead, your proposal must CONVINCE the customer that you are the best choice of vendor for their upcoming work. In the effort to convince them, you must write to the customer's primary concerns, create a clear mental picture for the reader of your proposal, be brief and concise, and be perfect in format and all of the other writing fundamentals. Therefore, I offer this module as support for this most-common form of business writing.

What's included

4 videos4 readings1 quiz1 peer review7 discussion prompts

The most useful written tool for the aspiring manager-leader is the Executive Summary. Although it is usually found as the first element of a proposal, it can also be used to summarize facts and recommendations for your supervisor. So, in this module, we'll learn about the value of the one-page executive summary and how to apply the skills we learned in weeks 2 and 3 to make our executive summary even better.

What's included

4 videos4 readings1 quiz3 peer reviews8 discussion prompts

Instructor

Daniel Moorer
University of Colorado Boulder
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