REGU09003 2019 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
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mary Butler, Ailish Breen
Programme Membership
SG_SMEDI_M09 201900 Master of Science in Science in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs SG_SMEDI_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Science in Medical TechnologyRegulatory Affairs SG_SMEDI_E09 201900 Certificate in Science in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs

Technical Report Writing teaches the participant not only the critical techniques a scientist needs to know when conducting research but also how to write about his or her work. Not only is this relevant for a dissertation and assignments but also for generating formal reports such as clinical evaluation reports. Professionals in industry require the skills to share their work with others, to communicate their learning, their discoveries and their failures, thus improving research and thus benefiting the industry as a whole and more importantly, the patient.

Learning Outcomes

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


Diagnose poor technical writing and modify text to demonstrate use of technical writing tools for industry and academic writing


Conduct and synthesise an academic literature search relevant to a proposed dissertation or topic  and demonstrate competence in the use of Harvard referencing  using software where appropriate.


Present the research findings in a critically reflective manner which evaluates the research methodologies used, knowledge produced and critically reviews the ethical issues pertaining to the research


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


Present a comprehensive dissertation proposal 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The educational elements will be provided by the Institute of Technology Sligo, NUI Galway and NIBRT staff. Additional lecturing, as required, may be provided by outside specialists and practitioners. Online/blended programmes are designed for students who want to study part-time at a pace that matches their work-life balance. Through a combination of blended delivery formats including online (synchronous and asynchronous) as well as other technologies we strive to reach the forefront of emerging breakthroughs in the delivery and assessment of online students.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed on the basis of 100% continuous assessment. Some or all of the following assessment modes may apply: examinations, practical work, projects, essays, vivas, seminars, and assignments. These assessments may be organised at different centres throughout the country and a selection of assignments may be assessed.

Sample Technologies in use during assessments
• Moodle
• Adobe connect
• Turnitin
• Panopto
• Microsoft office
• Multimedia including DVDs, webinars, youtube video clips, online videos

Repeat Assessments

The programme allows students to progress to a next stage if they have failed to attain the pass mark for a particular module. A student may be allowed to carry up to 10 credits into a new stage. This policy is at the discretion of the examination board.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will introduce participants to methodology and techniques required for successful completion of their module assignments and research project. 1. This module will enable participants to understand the core concepts of good technical writing, how to write concisely and precisely for technical documents, correct syntax, grammar, how to write numbers and abbreviations etc.; how to construct a scientific document using the IMRAD method and how to draft introduction and discussions.

2. The module will direct students to effectively search scientific databases, critically appraise research and clinical publications and ethical issues / case studies and present their findings in an appropriate format using Harvard referencing style; to use referencing software. 

3. The module will enable students to utilise project planning techniques,  to identify an appropriate research question and formulate a valid hypothesis and scope,  to design their own research project and manage it in a time-dependent manner and manage their dissertation independently. The promotion of independent learning is an integral part of this syllabus. A student shall appraise and defend the structure of a well argued research proposal as part of this module. 

4. The module will develop critical thinking skills in appraisal of clinical and other research data via case studies and encourage synthesise of student's own analysis of research data.

This module will enable students to acquire the research and study skills necessary for successful completion of the MSc in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment written assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 4 1,2
2 Case Studies Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % Week 9 3,4
3 Dissertation proposal and viva Continuous Assessment Assignment 50 % Week 13 5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2001-09-05 Technical Report Writing Today Eighth Edition Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN 0618140166 ISBN-13 9780618140169

This introductory text provides thorough coverage of the basic skills and common forms of technical writing. A wide range of examples and model documents helps students develop the skills necessary to produce clear and effective reports. Project Worksheets help students organise their thoughts and prepare for assignments, and 'Focus' boxes highlight key information and recent developments in technical communication. This important revision now includes - a new chapter on 'Developing Web sites' - additional 'Focus' boxes on Electronic CV's and Documenting Electronic items - new evaluation sheets which helps students assess their work - numerous new examples and exercises to assist with applying the principles of writing An accompanying web site makes this an essential text for the technical writing instructor and student.

Recommended Reading
2004-06-01 Chambers Good Writing Guide Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN 0550100873 ISBN-13 9780550100870

Chambers Good Writing Guide gives advice on not only how to write English correctly, but also how to write it well. The book explains everything a person needs to know about the English language and its intricacies and idiosyncrasies. It also provides clear practical guidelines for anyone writing an office memo, a CV or a university dissertation. Vocabulary lists are included to help users expand their word power and there is comprehensive coverage of spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This wide-ranging approach makes the book ideal whether writing at work, at college, or for pleasure.

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