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Communicating Technological Information

Communicating Technological Information - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0137612710

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ISBN13: 978-0137612710
ISBN10: 0137612710
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Edition: 2ND 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No

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Communicating Technological Information - 2ND 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0137612710

Donald Pattow

ISBN13: 978-0137612710
ISBN10: 0137612710
Cover type:
Edition: 2ND 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Giving students the tools and know-how to become proficient technical writers, this practical guide takes a hands-on approach and organizes material around a series of task-oriented chapters. Centered on the belief that writing is a step-by-step process, it addresses the expanded roles and needs of the today's technical writer, and emphasizes the importance of technical communication in the professional workplace.

Features

  • Helps students understand why technical communication takes the form it does, demonstrating that the most effective communicating is achieved by those who think about what they are doing, whom they are addressing, and how to get the best results.
    • Provides varied, real-life examples that show how writers progress from start to finish, emphasizing the choices writers make and why they make those choices.
  • Focuses on the computer as an integral part of all areas of communication.
    • Gives a basic overview of the electronic options available to today's technical writer and then suggests strategies for taking advantage of this powerful tool.
  • Covers traditional forms as well as specialized contemporary forms (abstracts, literature reviews, impact studies, user manuals, on-line documentation, hypertext authoring, specifications writing).
  • Explores the dynamics of group writing.
  • Emphasizes the importance of document design and graphics.
  • NEW - Shows how to use the newest computer-based tools.
    • Describes how to write for the World Wide Web.
    • Includes documenting Internet sources.
  • NEW - Devotes an entire chapter to ethical issues encountered in both technical writing and in general writing classes.
  • NEW - Offers a broader range of examples, including those from the medical field.


Table of Contents

PART I. BASIC PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS

  1. Introduction to Technical Communication.
  2. The Process of Technical Writing.
  3. Purpose and Audience in Technical Writing.
  4. Ethics.
  5. Technical Style.
  6. Using and Citing Technical Sources.
  7. Quality Reviews.
  8. Group Writing.
  9. Writing with a Computer.

PART II. VISUAL PRESENTATION

  1. Graphics.
  2. Document Design.

PART III. TECHNICAL WRITING TECHNIQUES

  1. Technical Definition.
  2. Technical Description.
  3. Technical Process Description.
  4. Technical Summary.
  5. Technical Analysis.
  6. Technical Argumentation.

PART IV. TECHNICAL WRITING TASKS

  1. Literature Reviews.
  2. Research Reports.
  3. Proposals.
  4. Feasibility Studies.
  5. Progress Reports.
  6. Instructions.
  7. Computer Manuals.
  8. Electronic Documents.

PART V. OTHER TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION TASKS

  1. Oral Presentations.
  2. Correspondence.
  3. Job Applications.

References.
Index.

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