Technical Reporting

Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

Technical Reporting


Time Commitment
6 hours
Course Dates
Upcoming 2023
Enrolment Period
To Be Announced
Person writing in notebook while using a laptop.

About this Course

Well-written reports are essential to any scientific, engineering, or business work. High-quality reports communicate effectively with clients and other parties on the project and keep a solid, accurate record of activities on a project over time. This course explores the pieces of a well-written report, with interviews from experts on executive summaries and the importance of carefully considering your audience.

Designed for

  • Professionals who will have typically earned a university degree or college diploma in a science or engineering discipline.
  • Individuals engaged in continuing professional development (e.g., for a professional association/society).

Course Structure and Delivery


This course is designed to be completed in five to six hours. This course consists of asynchronous readings, video lectures, exercises, and assignments. Coursework is assessed as ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’. All materials and engagement activities are delivered fully online through UBCO’s Canvas Catalog.

Credential Awarded

Learners who successfully complete this course will receive:

  • a digital verifiable badge.

This course is part of the Critical Skills for Communication in the Technical Sector program. Learners who successfully complete all eight courses in the program will receive a Letter of Proficiency.



This non-credit learning opportunity has no pre-requisites. The content is designed for adult learners; participants must be 18 years or older. The language of instruction is English.


  • Access to a computer with a recent operating system and web browser
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Headset and webcam (recommended)

Course Materials

All materials required for this course will be provided within UBCO’s Canvas Catalog.

Instructional Team

Christa Bedwin, B.Ed., B.Sc. is a Senior Technical Editor, who has 20 years’ experience coaching scientific and engineering writers, and editing for industry, government, academia, and educational and trade publishers, with specialties in engineering and the environment. She has taught technical writing to professional engineers and scientists in Canada and internationally; has published three textbooks about writing for scientific reporting consultants; and among other projects has contributed chapters to Editors Canada’s two most recent publications, Editing Canadian English and its companion volume, Editorial Niches.

Last updated: 2023-05-30 09:15

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