Communication

Technical writing & editing (2 ECTS)

INFORMATION

Course code

TWE

Dates 2016

24, 25, 26, 27, 28 October 2016

9, 10, 11, 12, 13 January 2017

13, 14, 15, 16, 17 March 2017 

8, 9, 10, 11, 12 May 2017

26, 27, 28, 29, 30 June 2017

Time and Place

9.00 - 12.30 or 13.00 - 16.30
All course sessions in building Logica.

Course fee

This training will be paid from central funds. However, you do need permission from your head of department.

Group size

Maximum of 12 participants

Trainer

Paul Bakker, Peterborough Technical Communication (UK) who has taught such courses for many years at both Eindhoven and Twente.
Katrina Bakker, postdoctoral research assistant working in the Materials Chemistry Group, Department of Chemistry, The University of York (UK). She has taught several TWE courses at the UT and at York. 

Course materials

Course materials will be provided during the training. Copies of the book Good Style will be available for participants to borrow. 

FOR WHOM?

PhD-candidates and other academics who are at the point at which they have to write papers, reports or proposals.

RESULT

You learn how to write high-quality scientific papers and reports, with an emphasis not just on language, but also on how best to structure your documents. This course is particularly beneficial for the target group identified above, but may also be helpful to those who already have experience of writing papers and reports, but would like to improve their skills.

CONTENT

  • Structure
  • Summaries & Abstracts
  • Defining audience 
  • Motivating readers
  • Style, form & meaning
  • Developing arguments
  • Page layout & typography
  • Presentation of text, data & graphics
  • Writing & editing processes
  • Measuring & improving readability
  • Revising and editing work
  • Using computer tools
  • Twenty rules for effective writing
  • Grammar - a survival guide
  • Punctuation tactics
  • Sixty pitfalls to avoid

Within one month after the course, you are expected to e-mail the trainer a draft paper or report for detailed evaluation and comment so as to obtain the maximum benefit from the course. Therefore, you should arrange to participate in the course roughly in parallel with writing an important paper, report or proposal. You will receive detailed written feedback on your work and the opportunity to discuss the comments with your trainer via Skype during a mutually convenient timeslot.

DURATION AND TIME INVESTMENT

One week of five half-day morning or afternoon sessions plus some optional follow-up evening tutorials. Teaching is through a mixture of short lectures and group exercises, and there will be some homework between the sessions.
The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to two ECTS credits and you will receive a signed course certificate.
Once you have committed to a particular week, changing to a later course will only be agreed in special circumstances.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Your current level of English should be approximately CEF C1 to derive the full benefit of this course. If your level is not C1, you are strongly advised to first take a suitable language course at the TCP Language Centre.

Further information
Marjolein Rietman
Career Development Centre HR

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  • January 2017
    • Mon 9 January2 option(s)
  • March 2017
    • Mon 13 March2 option(s)
  • May 2017
    • Mon 8 May2 option(s)
  • June 2017
    • Mon 26 June2 option(s)

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