REGU08012 2020 Technical Report Writing

General Details

Full Title
Technical Report Writing
Transcript Title
Technical Report Writing
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Subject Area
REGU - Regulatory Affairs
LIFE - Life Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mary Butler, Ailish Breen, Yvonne Lang
Programme Membership
SG_SMEDO_E08 202100 Certificate in Science in Medical Device Regulatory Affairs and Operations

This module will enable students to acquire the research and study skills necessary for successful completion of the Higher Diploma in MedTech Regulatory Affairs and Quality. The module will help students construct technical reports and will develop skills in clear use of language and grammar to ensure compliance. The module will help students develop skills in literature searching, referencing and critiquing peer reviewed literature including data analysis. The module will help students connect the importance of good report writing skills to the workplace and wider society.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate good writing style in a technical document with correct referencing style


Conduct and synthesize an academic literature search relevant to a proposed topic


Present the research findings in a critically reflective manner which acknowledges the limitations of the research methods and knowledge produced


Critically evaluate a technical document in area such as compliance and clearly demonstrate an awareness of relevance to industry/workplace and societal impact


Compare methods for data analysis and the presentation of results and compare different methods when presenting different results

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The content will be delivered via online lectures.  Moodle notes and other reading will be provided in advance.  Other online resources such as videos, databases, referencing software will be used and accessed as appropriate.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment approach for this module will be 100% Continuous Assessment with a range of assessment methods employed including some of the following: short-form assessment exams incl. MCQ's, project assignments, group reports and essays and oral presentations.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assignments will be given.

Indicative Syllabus

The following is a summary of the main topics included in this particular module: 1. good writing style for technical reports; abbreviations, grammar, word usage etc. 2. literature searching using suitable databases and effective searching tools, avoiding plagiarism and referencing. 3. how to construct a report using the IMRAD method, how to construct an introduction and discussion that gives a clear objective and hypothesis. 4. how to critique a report, perform data review and assess if conclusions match the objectives / results and evaluate where this document fits in the 'big picture'. 5. Compare methods of data presentation such as histograms, scatter plots, time series plots, how these are constructed and benefits and disadvantages of each.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQ/LAQ Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 30 % Week 4 1
2 Technical Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % Week 8 2,3
3 Technical Report and Oral Presentation Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 40 % Week 12 4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Online Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014 Technical Report Writing Today Cengage Learning

Recommended Reading
2010 Chambers Good Writing Guide: Practical Advice for Better Writing Chambers Harrap Publishers

Recommended Reading
2002-06-21 The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication (MIT Press) The MIT Press

This guide covers the basics of scientific and engineering communication, including defining an audience, working with collaborators, searching the literature, organizing and drafting documents, developing graphics, and documenting sources. The documents covered include memos, letters, proposals, progress reports, other types of reports, journal articles, oral presentations, instructions, and CVs and resumes. Throughout, the authors provide realistic examples from actual documents and situations. The materials, drawn from the authors' experience teaching scientific and technical communication, bridge the gap between the university novice and the seasoned professional. In the five years since the first edition was published, communication practices have been transformed by computer technology. Today, most correspondence is transmitted electronically, proposals are submitted online, reports are distributed to clients through intranets, journal articles are written for electronic transmission, and conference presentations are posted on the Web. Every chapter of the book reflects these changes. The second edition also includes a compact Handbook of Style and Usage that provides guidelines for sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation, and usage and presents many examples of strategies for improved style.

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