This course will help you reason more clearly and write more effective impact assessments. Better arguments make key decisions more transparent and help reduce risks to projects. Environmental impact assessment—like all technical writing—constantly uses reasoning to reach conclusions. That process is called ‘argument’, which means to assemble a series of reasons, leading to conclusions, for a specific audience.
This course shares two sets of tools collectively called Organized Reasoning. The first provides principles for creating clearer arguments that apply to phases of the IA process. The second shows how to better present arguments in written documents.
The course shows how IA documents contain common errors in their arguments and weaknesses in their writing. Participants will assemble evidence and reasoning for several different kinds of argument found in IAs. We practice steps, and demonstrate computer-based tools, that show how to bring improved arguments to technical reports. Participants learn a revised approach to planning, preparing and writing documents that they can use immediately on the job. More details at www.glennbrown.ca.
The course takes two days. There will be a half-day online follow-up session three months later. You’ll receive handouts documenting the main ideas.”
Prerequisites: Some previous participation in preparing and writing IA documents
Duration: 2 days (22-23 April)
Price: US $480
Glenn Brown, Adjunct Professor, Royal Roads University, School of Environment and Sustainability (Canada)