This workshop helps you with typical technical writing problems:getting your thoughts onto paper, explaining complex information in laypersons’ terms and writing simple and effective processes and instructions.

You will learn how to structure your test and lab reports using the tried and tested IMRaD formula. You will also take part in a fun experiment using household materials which will form a project running through the workshop.

This workshop is for you if…

You need to make your technical reports more readable and easier to understand.


After taking this workshop you should be able to:

  • translate complex ideas into clear, logical and technically accurate documents
  • produce technical information for non-specialist audiences
  • help your readers to take action or make decisions more effectively

Workshop Outline

Understanding your Readers

  • Building information about your readers
  • Focusing on your readers’ needs
  • Using a reader analysis chart
  • Generating your content

 Processes and Instructions

  • Best practice for writing instructions
  • Project – writing instructions
  • Describing a piece of equipment
  • Project – describing a process

Test and Lab Reports

  • Project – conducting a test
  • The purpose of your reports
  • Titles and abstracts
  • Exploring the IMRaD structure
  • Project – writing a test report


  • Clarity and conciseness
  • Using articles effectively
  • Dealing with technical language
  • Giving definitions
  • An editing process
  • Project – editing your reports

Course information

Public Training Dates 2020  
March 30-31 June 1-2 August 24-25
October 1-2 November 19-20  

Length: 2 days

Venue: Professional Development Centre, Toa Payoh

Cost: S$954.44 (including GST)