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Engineering Communication: From Principles to Practice, 2e, is a writing and communications text designed to guide engineering students through the process of writing polished and professional documents. The text is organized around 18 principles of clear communication derived from linguistic theory that can be applied practically to everyday writing and speaking challenges. The principles are supported by numerous tips found in marginal boxes, exercises in new "Try This" boxes, and writing samples that clearly demonstrate how each principle can be applied to everyday communication challenges. This resource also includes a series of appendices covering the fundamentals of grammar, plus a new primer on ethics for engineers.
Robert Irish is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He began the engineering communication program at the University of Toronto in 1995 and served as its first director until 2008. He also runs a series of courses on writing in engineering for professional engineers.
Peter Weiss is a senior lecturer at the University of Toronto and is the current director of the engineering communication program, which he has been involved with since 2000.
Table of Contents
Preface Principles of Engineering Communication To the Instructor To the Student Introduction Part I Getting Started: Pre-drafting and Drafting 1. : Purpose, Genre, and Audience Principle 1: Finding Purpose Principle 2: Improvising Genre Principle 3: Constructing Audience 2. : Strategies for Invention Principle 4: Developing Credible Argument Principle 5: Using Rhetorical Patterns Part II Modes of Control: Tools for Revision 3. : Guiding the Reader through the Document Principle 6: Building Effective Introductions Principle 7: Framing Knowledge Principle 8: Imposing Visible Structure Principle 9: Making Transitions 4. : Creating Clarity and Cohesion Principle 10: Designing Paragraphs Principle 11: Moving from Known to New Principle 12: Modifying Matters Part III Elements of Refined Design 5. : Generating Flow Principle 13: Elevating Verbs Principle 14: Positioning the Verb Principle 15: Finding the Real Subject Principle 16: Capitalizing on the Power Position 6. : Engineering Elegance Principle 17: Determining Sentence Length Principle 18: Mastering Sentence Rhythm Part IV Applications 7. : Applying the Principles to Written Communication 8. : Applying the Principles to Visual Communication 9. : Applying the Principles to Oral Communication Conclusion: From Principles to Practice Appendices Appendix A: Core Sentence Components: Clauses Appendix B: Sentence Types Appendix C: Action Elements: Verbs and Verbals Appendix D: Optional Sentence Elements: Modifiers Appendix E: Joiners Appendix F: Punctuation Appendix G: A Brief Primer on Ethics for the Engineer (NEW) Appendix H: Fallacies References Index