Critical Skills for Communication in the Technical Sector

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

Critical Skills for Communication in the Technical Sector

Overview

Cost
$1,350.00
Time Commitment
48 Hours
Program duration
October 16, 2023 - March 8, 2024
Delivery
Online
Enrolment Period
Upcoming

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About this Program

The ability to communicate information accurately, succinctly, and unambiguously is an essential skill required by employers in a breadth of technical industries. This non-credit UBC micro-credential in technical communication consists of nine courses covering skills essential for employment and career advancement in the science and engineering sectors.

Outcomes

Individuals who earn the Letter of Proficiency in Critical Skills for Communication in the Technical Sector:

  • Have been introduced to tools, strategies, techniques and best practices to:
    • Improve grammar, writing clarity and consistency
    • Engage, and adapt their writing to, their audience
    • Write effective e-mails and technical memos
    • Efficiently review documents
    • Develop effective training materials
    • Enhance team and client communications
    • Create engaging presentations
    • Strengthen proposal writing
  • Should be familiar with, and able to apply, these tools, strategies, techniques and best practices when writing and reviewing technical reports, training materials and proposals, and developing and delivering presentations.
  • Can use reflection on their own writing knowledge to demonstrate understanding of how this course supports and expands their skills and competencies.

They should be familiar with and able to apply these tools, strategies, techniques and best practices when writing and reviewing technical reports, training materials and proposals and developing and delivering presentations.

Who This Program is For

  • Professionals with a university degree or college diploma in a science or engineering discipline.
  • Individuals seeking professional development (e.g., for a professional association or society).

Program Costs

Standard Fee: $1,350.00

Program Courses and Dates

Course Dates:
October 16, 2023 – March 8, 2024

How This Program is Delivered

Delivery Mode:
Online, guided, and self-paced, to be completed by March 8, 2024.

Structure:
The Critical Skills for Communication in the Technical Sector micro-credential consists of 48 hours of online, asynchronous learning activities including video lectures, readings, exercises, quizzes, and a capstone project, delivered through the following nine modules:

  • Module 1: Technical Reporting
  • Module 2: Technical Writing Basics & Styles
  • Module 3: Grammar & Clarity in Technical Writing
  • Module 4: Reviewing Technical Documents
  • Module 5: Team & Client Communications
  • Module 6: Technical Training Documents
  • Module 7: Engaging Technical Presentations
  • Module 8: Winning Technical Proposals
  • Module 9: Capstone Project

You need to proceed through each module in order. When you have completed all the requirements of a module, you can then proceed to the next. You will not be able to access Module 1 until you have completed this orientation. You will not be able to access the Capstone Project (Module 9) until you have successfully completed Modules 1 – 8.

Technology Requirements:

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

Program Instructors

Christa Bedwin, B.Ed., B.Sc.

A Senior Technical Editor with 20 years of experience coaching scientific and engineering writers, and editing for industry, government, academia, and educational and trade publishers. Specializing in engineering and the environment, Christa has taught technical writing to professional engineers and scientists in Canada and internationally. She has published three textbooks about writing for scientific reporting consultants and has contributed chapters to Editors Canada’s publications Editing Canadian English and its companion volume, Editorial Niches.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, learners are awarded a UBC Okanagan Letter of Proficiency (a non-credit credential).

The credential is provided in paper format. Learners will also receive a verifiable digital badge (which has descriptive metadata about the learning achievement) for sharing through digital channels.


Last updated: 2024-06-12 11:26

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