Technical Report Writing Today

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-12-07
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Technical Report Writing Today provides thorough coverage of technical writing basics, techniques, and applications. Through a practical focus with varied examples and exercises, students internalize the skills necessary to produce clear and effective documents and reports. Project worksheets help students organize their thoughts and prepare for assignments, and Focus boxes highlight key information and recent developments in technical communication. Extensive individual and collaborative exercises expose students to different kinds of technical writing problems and solutions. Annotated student examples--more than 100 in all--illustrate different writing styles and approaches to problems. Numerous short and long examples throughout the text demonstrate solutions for handling writing assignments in current career situations. The four-color artwork in the chapter on creating visuals keeps pace with contemporary workplace capabilities. The Ninth Edition offers the latest information on using electronic resumes and documenting electronic sources and Ethics and Globalization sidebars that highlight these two important topics in the technical communication field.

Table of Contents

Technical Communication Basics
Definition of Technical Communication
A General Definition of Technical Communication
Major Traits of Technical Communication
Globalization and Cultural Awareness
Profiling Audiences
An Example of Technical Writing
Who Is the Audience?
What Is the Audience's Task?
What Is the Audience's Knowledge Level?
What Factors Influence the Situation?
Creating Audience Profiles
The Technical Communication Process
An Overview of the Process Planning
Your Document Drafting and Finishing
Your Document Editing
Technical Communication
Style Write Clear Sentences for Your Reader
Write Clear Paragraphs for Your Reader
Globalization and Style Choose a Tone for the Reader
Ethics and Style
The Purpose of Research Questioning
The Basic Skill of Researching
Collecting Information from People
Collecting Published Information
Designing Pages Using
Visual Features to Reveal Content Using
Text Features to Convey Meaning
Developing a Style Sheet and Template
Using Visual Aids
The Uses of Visual
Aids Creating and Discussing
Visual Aids Using
Tables Using
Line Graphs Using
Bar Graphs Using
Pie Charts Ethics and Visual Effects
Globalization and Visual
Aids Using
Charts Using Illustrations
Summarizing Summarizing
Creating Formal Definitions
Creating Informal Definitions
Developing Extended Definitions
Planning Your Definition
Planning the Mechanism Description
Writing the Mechanism Description
Planning the Process Description
Writing the Process Description
Planning the Description of a Human System
Writing the Description of a Human System1
Technical Communication Applications
Sets of Instructions
Planning the Sets of Instructions
Globalization and Instructions
Writing the Set of Instructions
Field-Testing Instructions
Memorandums and Informal Reports
The Elements of Memos The Elements of Informal Reports
Types of Informal Reports
Ethics and E-mail
Developing Websites
Basic Web Concepts
Planning a Website
Web Document Drafting
Testing Ethics and Websites
Globalization/Localization and Websites
Formal Reports
The Elements of a Formal
Report Front Material
The Body of the Formal Report
End Material
Recommendation and Feasibility Reports
Planning the Recommendation Report
Drafting the Recommendation Report
Planning the Feasibility Report
Writing the Feasibility Report
The External Proposal
Planning the External Proposal
Writing the External Proposal
The Internal Proposal
Planning the Internal Proposal
Ethics and Proposals
Writing the Internal Proposal
User Manuals Planning the Manual Writing the Manual
Professional Communication
Oral Presentations
Planning the Presentation
Making an Effective Presentation
Globalization and Oral Presentations
Three Basic Letter
Formats Elements of a Letter
Planning Business Letters
Globalization and Letters
Ethics and Letters
Types of Business Letters
Job Application
Materials Analyzing the Situation
Planning the Reacute;sumeacute; Writing the Reacute;sumeacute
Planning a Letter of Application
Ethics and Reacute;sumeacute;s
Writing a Letter of Application
Globalization and Job Applications
Interviewing Writing Follow-Up Letters
Brief Handbook for Technical Writers Problems with Sentence Construction Punctuation Abbreviations, Capitalization, and Numbers
Documenting Sources How Internal Documentation Works The APA Method The MLA Method Numbered
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