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Technical report writing

21 Aug 2024 - 22 Aug 2024
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This course aims to enable participants to write effective technical reports. These reports play an important part in the life of many professional people: they are a link between writer, colleagues and clients worldwide.

Reading and writing reports occupies a considerable proportion of working time, particularly for senior staff. Yet many professionals (including those in engineering and technology) lack confidence in their report-writing skills and feel that their credibility suffers because their reports are not a fair reflection of their expertise.

By attending this course you will learn how to:

  • Write effective technical reports that achieve their aims
  • Relate to their target readers
  • Select the right content for their readers
  • Select the best length and design for the report
  • Present their findings in a clear manner
  • Understand the importance of writing an accurate, concise, and straightforward report
  • Create good summaries
  • Include accurate references
  • Include appropriate well-labelled diagrams
  • Understand the benefits of independent proofreading

Who should attend?

All those aiming to improve their technical writing skill, including Engineers, Scientists, Mathematicians, Statisticians, Data providers, Scientific journalists.

Professional Development


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

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21 Aug 2024  -  22 Aug 2024

9:15am - 12:45pm

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  • IET Courses


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Malcom McFarlane



Day 1 Timings - 09:15-16:00
Day 2 Timings - 09:15-12:45

Introduction and defining your purpose

  • The basics of communication
  • Understanding what your starting point is
  • Identifying the key challenges, you face and the things you find difficult
  • The importance of knowing what you hope to achieve by your report

Gathering information for your audience

  • Understanding who your audience is and what they need to learn
  • Identifying the key elements that are relevant
  • Making the correct choice of material
  • Removing distracting information from your message

Deciding on your format

  • Designing your report
  • Sections and sub-sections
  • Appendices
  • References and bibliographies

Writing your report

  • Writing your report into a story
  • The use of paragraphs
  • Clearer, shorter sentences
  • Grammar

The visualisation of data

  • The importance of your visualising data
  • Which type of graphic suits your purpose
  • Where to position graphics
  • How to reference graphs and tables

Finishing the report

  • Summaries and Abstracts
  • Table of Contents
  • Title page
  • Appearance
  • Proof-reading


IET Member

Please register to attend as an IET Member

£650 + VAT

Non - IET Member

Please register to attend as a non member

£865 + VAT