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Advanced Technical Writing


This Advanced Technical Writing course online will give you the expertise and confidence to market yourself as a technical writer or simply to tackle more advanced assignments at work. Building on the skills you have acquired in the previous technical writing courses, this online course emphasizes audience analysis, document organization and design, supplements, visuals, and research techniques. The course consists of one proposal that will incorporate all stage of technical writing: planning, writing, designing, and revising.

Required Textbook - Pfeiffer, Keller, and Helba, Proposal Writing: The Art of Friendly and Winning Persuasion, 1st ed.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. analyze readers and/or situations to prepare for writing a proposal
  2. define the purpose of a proposal
  3. gather, record, and interpret data
  4. use content, design, and style guidelines to produce a more readable, concise document
  5. write and edit technical documentation
  6. write a winning proposal

Students will demonstrate their understanding of advanced technical writing by creating a proposal. The proposal will include research, supplemental materials, and graphics. The student will submit the proposal in stages for assessment and feedback. Students demonstrate mastery of advanced technical writing by achieving at least 80% on the final proposal.


Your assignments will be assessed as follows:

  • A (100 to 90)
  • B (89 to 80)
  • C (79 to 70)
  • D (69 to 60)
  • F (59 and below)

course quick facts
course code DED235-A
cost $299.00
estimated time to
complete course
30 Hours
course materials
6 Weeks

Dr.Gary W. Griffin brings 20 years of technical writing experience in academic, government and business environments to his online courses. His expertise ranges from research proposals and peer-reviewed journal articles to technical design documents used to support the design and implementation of complex Information Technology systems in business intelligence and data warehousing. His experience covers both public and private organizations, and has years of experience as a researcher, writer, public speaker, entrepreneur, and business owner.


"This is the first online course I have taken. One its benefits has been Diane`s accessibility and encouragement. She has answered all the questions I`ve asked her in a timely, pleasant and thorough manner." - Barbara Tomasello

"I learned what a proposal is, how to plan one and write a winning proposal. I also learned about designing Request for Proposals. Diane has a friendly, gentle teaching style which I really enjoyed. She answered every question I gave to her well." - Cameron Marschall