#SC-02-06 Technical Report Writing for Engineers

  • Categories Science
  • Duration 14h
  • Total Enrolled 4
  • Last Update October 19, 2020

About Course

The University of Sheffield


Learn to communicate effectively through technical report writing

Technical reports are a vital tool for engineers to communicate their ideas. This online course introduces technical report writing and teaches the techniques you need to construct well-written engineering reports.

We’ll look at a key section of a technical report and the skills needed to write it. You’ll cover areas such as referencing and citations; presenting equations; diagrams and data; and using language and tenses correctly.

We’ll also talk to practising engineers, as well as students and educators who write and mark technical reports, who’ll give their hands-on advice.

What topics will you cover?

  • Why technical reports are important for communicating ideas and concepts
  • The anatomy of a technical report
  • How to write aims and objectives
  • Citing and referencing
  • Presenting equations and nomenclature
  • Figures, diagrams and labelling
  • Presenting data
  • Units, precision and errors
  • Use of language and tense
  • How and why to write discussion sessions
  • Writing an abstract

Who will you learn with?

Andrew Garrard

I’m a Senior University Teacher and Director of Academic Operations in the University of Sheffield’s £81 million teaching facility, the Diamond. I’m an engineer that teaches fluids, thermo and CFD.



Who developed the course?

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.



What Will I Learn?

  • Explain what a good technical engineering report is and what they are used for.
  • Evaluate what a good report looks like.
  • Use a technical report to communicate information.
  • Apply knowledge of what goes into the key sections of a report to produce your own report.

Topics for this course

9 Lessons14h

Welcome to the course?

Technical report writing is a critically important skill for engineers. On this course, we’ll expose the common mistakes that people make when writing reports and share our best practice tips for overcoming them.
Technical report writing: why does it matter?00:04:03
Getting to know each other

Communicating clearly?

Almost all modern day engineering is a collaborative process. Communication is critical for getting work done and ensuring mistakes are not made.

What is a technical report??

A technical report is one of the principal methods of communication used by practising engineers. Over time, standard sections and conventions have become established for report writing to aid comprehension of the material.

Summing up and looking ahead?

We take a look at what's coming up over the next six weeks. We'll introduce you to the structure of the course and explain how you can get the most out of it.

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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Yes, this course has improved my academic report writing. It makes it easier for me to write my own academic report. Too good.

The course is an excellent dissection of technical reports. Good point. Teach us how to write technical report goals. Well said.

In this course we learn various techniques, such as citations and citations fields, from cases of different academic presentations; The equation; Charts and data; Use language and tenses correctly. A very useful course.

Technical reports are an important tool for engineers to communicate ideas. This course introduces you to the writing of technical reports and teaches you the skills you need to build good engineering reports. The course was well presented. It's worth learning.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is designed for both student and professional engineers. It will teach you the technical report writing skills you need to tackle everything from a two-page document to a PhD thesis. As such, it will be applicable for the entirety of your engineering degree or career.