PD11: Processes for Technical Report Writing

PD11: Processes for Technical Report Writing gives students the tools they need to write compelling, thorough technical reports. Great reports aren’t just thrown together with abandon: they take focused research, careful consideration of the intended audience, and a thorough review process to reach their potential. Students who take PD11 begin developing the analytical, critical thinking, and report writing skills necessary for clear, compelling reports.

What do PD11 students do?

  • Improve their report writing skills through research and analysis
  • Identify workplace problems worth solving
  • Write and refine a technical report using personalized peer feedback

Student testimonials

  • "The course undoubtedly helped me develop skills to improve my ability to write a technical work report. The Waterloo Writing Works modules were also useful in sharpening my writing skills. The course was very well laid out and organized, with plenty of resources available for use."
  • "The course gave clear strategies for brainstorming an issue and picking a good problem, as well as tips on improving grammar with examples."

Course instructor

Jay Dolmage

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Dr. Dolmage is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, and the associate chair of the Undergraduate Communication Outcome Initiative (UCOI). He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and then completed an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Windsor, and fell in love with teaching writing.

He has always been involved in disability rights issues and advocacy, and during work towards his PhD at Miami University of Ohio, he discovered that he could bring his interest in disability into the study and teaching of rhetoric and writing. His recent book Disability Rhetoric focuses on the rhetorical history of disability. He is also the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

Contact information

You can reach the PD11 course team at pd11@uwaterloo.ca.