Strategies for Engineering Communication

ISBN-10: 0471128171

ISBN-13: 9780471128175

Edition: 2002

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This text Addresses communication skills fundamental to engineering success. Grounded in rhetorical theory, the book helps engineers develop flexible strategies for researching, inventing, drafting, and revising.
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Book details

List price: $98.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/25/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.782

Planning and Inventing Strategies
Summary
Introduction to the Writing Process
Writing as Idiosyncratic
Efficiency and the Writing Process
Developing Flexibility
Planning Strategies
Begin as Soon as Possible
Rhetorical Issues
Inventing Strategies
Creativity: A Digression
Structured Problem-Solving Heuristics
Collaborative Inventing Strategies
Research
Organizational Strategies
Creating an Outline
Organizational Patterns
Writing Introductory Paragraphs
Creating Graphics
Planning Checklist
Exercises
Drafting and Revising Strategies
Summary
Drafting Strategies
Four Approaches to Drafting
Managing Writer's Block
Attaining for a Flow State
Health and Writing
Revising and Editing Strategies
Revising Like an Expert
Specific Strategies for Revising
Dealing with Perfectionism and Boredom
Spelling and Grammar Checkers
Analyzing Your Writing Process
Factors Relating to Your Writing Environment
Factors Relating to Audience and Purpose
Factors Relating to Your Writing Process
Factors Relating to Your Attitudes about Writing
Checklist
Drafting Phase
Revising and Editing Phase
Exercises
Rhetorical Strategies
Summary
Rhetorical Situation
Verify Emphasis
Clarify Your Goal
Analyze Your Audience
Write or Speak?
Persuasive Writing
The Origins and Principles of Persuasion
Models of Persuasion
Connotation
Inclusive Language
Ethical Considerations
Principles of Persuasion
Informative Writing
Readers and Information Processing
Audience Analysis
Rhetorical Issues Checklist
Goal and Audience
Persuasive Emphasis
Informative Emphasis
Exercises
Strategies for Teamwork and Workplace Communication
Summary
Why Collaborate?
Listening Skills
Listening Actively
Other Features of Effective Listening
When Not to Listen
Team Dynamics
Fostering Respect
Articulating Goals
Interacting Regularly
Assigning Team Roles
Dividing Tasks Equitably
Sharing Responsibility
Resolving Conflicts
Avoiding Groupthink
Cross-Functional Teams
Embracing Diversity
Accommodating Diversity
Reaching Consensus
Virtual Teams
Team Writing
Team-Writing Processes
Team Planning
Team Revision
Routine Workplace Communication
Making Conversation
Communicating on the Telephone
Developing and Maintaining Office Relationships
Arranging Ad Hoc Meetings
Chairing Meetings
Five Steps to Chairing an Effective Meeting
Delivery Techniques for Meeting Leaders
Summing Up
Team Writing Heuristic
Teamwork Checklist
Listening Skills
Team Dynamics
Writing as Part of a Team
Routine Workplace Communication
Chairing Meetings
Exercises
Oral Presentation Strategies
Summary
Oral Communication: A Key to Success
Occasions for Oral Presentations
The Challenges of Oral Communication
Controlling Anxiety
Formal Presentations
The Importance of Attitude
Planning a Presentation
Preparing and Using Speaker's Notes
Preparing for Questions
Rehearsing Your Presentation
Other Preparation Tips
Delivering Your Presentation
Body Language
Voice
Speaking Style
Team Presentations
Team Planning
Group Delivery Styles
Team Rehearsals
Group Question Period
A Final Word
Heuristic for Improving Delivery
Body Language
Voice
Speaking Style
Oral Presentation Checklist
Formal Presentations
Exercises
Stylistic Strategies
Summary
Style for Readers
Style for Order and Emphasis
Analyze Paragraph Structure
Revise Sentences for Emphasis and Order
Place Important Information at the End
Avoid Embedding Large Phrases
Avoid Weak Sentence Openers
Eliminate Unnecessary Passive Constructions
Style for Connection
Repeat Key Words Appropriately
Use Parallel Sentence Structure
Avoid Vague This Subjects
Use Transitions
Style for Clarity
Strive for Relatively Short Sentences
Avoid Overly General Language
Keep Jargon to a Minimum
Use Acronyms Carefully
Avoid Lengthy Noun Strings
Avoid Runs of Prepositional Phrases
Pay Attention to Punctuation
Style for Conciseness
Write in the Verbal Style
Use Descriptive Verbs
Avoid Wordy Phrases
A Functional Punctuation Guide
Sentence Level Clauses
Conjunctive Adverbs
Phrases
Relative Clauses Modifying Nouns
Lists
Explanations Following Complete Sentences
Inserted Explanations and Interrupting Comments
Analyzing Writing Styles
Style Checklist
Revising for Order and Emphasis
Revising for Connection
Revising for Clarity
Revising for Conciseness
Exercises
Format Strategies
Summary
Introduction to Rhetorical Form
Relationship between Form and Content
Rhetorical Form and Community
Rhetorical Form as Dynamic
Form and the World Wide Web
Rhetorical Form as Static
Mastering the Technology
General Principles of Format
White Space
Organization
Graphical Elements
Referencing Information Sources
A Guide to Referencing Conventions
Citing Sources by Author and Date
Placing Citations within a Sentence
Quoting
Preparing an Alphabetical Reference List
Variations in Reference Lists
Analyzing Format
Fonts and White Space
Organizational Issues
Document Structure
Graphical Elements
Referencing Conventions
Format Checklist
Mastering Format
Applying Format
Exercises
Document Strategies and Sample Documentation
Summary
Introduction to Genre
Why Genre Matters
Learning New Genres
Limitations of Templates
E-mail and Netiquette
Identify Yourself and Your Topic
Format and Style
Length and Attachments
E-mail Security
E-mail Tone
Examples of E-mail
Memos and Letters
Example Memo
Example Letter
Resumes and Cover Letters
Paper Copy Resumes
Examples of Paper Copy Resumes
Scannable Resumes
Example Scannable Resume
Example Cover Letter
Formal Reports and Letters of Transmittal
Example Report with Letter of Transmittal
Proposals and Executive Summaries
Example Executive Summary
Example Proposal
What's Left Out
Last Words
Index
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