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These writing modules are based on the unique Pyramid writing method, which will make any professional write more clearly and effectively. The first three modules introduce a structured approach to writing and provide instruction on writing and using e-mail effectively. When you have completed the foundation modules you will have a solid understanding of how to organize a document, and will be able to move on to the additional modules focused on particular needs. e-learning modules on writing techniques that you can do at your own pace, at a time and a place that suits you. Each module incorporates self-evaluation tools, so you're not tied to an instructor's time schedule, and an optional exam and course completion certificate. If you wish, you can have a writing consultant evaluate examples of your work. What will I learn? Use the Pyramid method of writing to organise a writing task Identify the primary information and direct readers attention to it Arrange facts for maximum impact Sharpen your personal writing style to create a strong effective presence Topics covered Module 1: Get to the Point! Focusing your message Writing to persuade Writing to inform Getting started Identifying the key points Understanding your audience Module 2: Organize the Details Using the Pyramid Method to organize information Asking yourself questions about your information Deciding what to include or leave out of your document Writing a summary Closing confidently Module 3: Effective E-mail Techniques Applying the Pyramid Method learned in Courses 1 and 2 to short and long e-mail messages Writing concise, yet complete e-mail messages Proofreading messages on screen and on paper Formatting messages for various systems Focusing your e-mail to specific readers Dealing with forwarded message trains Module 4: Sharpen Your Language Skill Using the active voice Removing wordy expressions Injecting a personal tone Ensuring sentence parts are parallel Improving punctuation Forming abbreviations and inserting numbers in narrative Module 5: Business Letters and Memos Applying the Pyramid Method learned in Courses 1 and 2 to informative and persuasive letters and memos Making an effective start Conveying information clearly and precisely Confirming an agreement or an arrangement Writing confident complaints and claims Responding to complaints and requests Writing convincing requests for approval Creating a quality appearance Module 6: Short Reports Incident reports Field assignment and travel reports Inspections Progress and status reports Project completion reports Problem/recommendation reports Module 7: Formal Reports Investigations Evaluations Analytical and feasibility studies Comparative analyses and justifications Writing executive summaries Module 8: Business and Technical Proposals Executive summaries to accompany a proposal Comparisons of ideas, products, or solutions Using language to convey a confident, knowledgeable image Designing proposals for reader comprehension Exercises and examples will help reinforce the instruction Exercises and examples will help reinforce the instruction. In modules 5 and 6 you will have the opportunity to send two assignments to an instructor for feedback. Pause points throughout the courses allow you to stop the course and return to the same point. The courses include a 140-page textbook Get to the Point! Course duration Course --- Approximate time to complete Module 1: Get to the Point! - 1 - 1 1/2 hours Module 2: Organize the Details - 1 1/2 - 2 hours Module 3: Effective E-mail Techniques - 1 - 2 hours Module 4: Sharpen Your Language Skills - 4 - 5 hours, but you don't have to do it all at once. It is divided into seven parts, which you can return to even after you have started another Course. This allows you to break up the grammar lessons. Module 5: Business letters and memos - 3 1/2 - 5 hours Module 6: Short Reports - 2 1/2 - 5 hours Module 7: Formal Reports - 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours Module 8: Business and Techn

These writing modules are based on the unique Pyramid writing method, which will make any professional write more clearly and effectively. The first three modules introduce a structured approach to writing and provide instruction on writing and using e-mail effectively. When you have completed the foundation modules you will have a solid understanding of how to organize a document, and will be...

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