Technical Communication for Readers and Writers

ISBN-10: 0618221735
ISBN-13: 9780618221738
Edition: 2nd 2003
Authors: Brenda R. Sims
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Book details

List price: $214.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 9/24/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

Sims' "Technical Communication for Readers and Writers," Second Edition, guides students in planning, writing, and designing effective documents to meet the needs of users and readers. Thoroughly revised, expanded, and redesigned in full color, this edition gives students the tools they need to create appropriate technical documents for a multitude of writing situations and audiences. The text takes a process approach rather than the model-based approach of older tech writing texts.

Writing, the Workplace, and This Book How Will Writing Impact Your Career?
How Does the Workplace Affect What and How You Write?
The Reader's Corner: Are You Ready to Be an Information Broker?
What Makes Technical Communication Effective?
Taking It into the Workplace: Visiting with a Professional in Your Field What's Ahead in This Book?
Understanding the Role of the Writer
Understanding and Writing for Your Readers Principle
Determine Your Purpose for Writing Principle
Identify Your Readers Taking It into the Workplace: Readers and the Web Principle
Determine Your Readers' Purpose, Needs, and Preferences Principle
Analyze Your Readers' Attitudes The Reader's Corner
How We Read Conclusion Worksheet for Identifying Your Readers Exercises Case Study
Informing Students About Financial Aid
Facing Ethical and Legal Challenges Understanding Ethics Making Ethical Decisions
The Reader's Corner
"Uh, Where Are We?" Principle
Ask the Right Questions Taking It into the Workplace: Your Profession and Its Code of Conduct Principle
Work Through Ethical Decisions Principle
Communicate Ethically Turning to the Law When Faced with an Ethical Dilemma Conclusion Worksheet for Ethical Communication Exercises Case Study: A Broken Promise
Collaborating and the Writing Process Collaborative Writing in the Workplace Principle
Collaborate to Analyze the Writing Situation and Plan the Document Taking It into the Workplace: Collaborating Across Generations Principle
Use Electronic Media to Collaborate Principle
Collaborate Effectively
The Reader's Corner: Conducting a Successful Teleconference Conclusion
Worksheet for Successful Collaboration Exercises Case Study
A Public Relations Problem at Big Lake
Knowing the Tools of the Writer
Researching Information Using Primary and Secondary Sources Principle
Plan Your Research Principle
Select Appropriate Primary Research Techniques Principle
Select Appropriate Secondary Research Strategies Taking It into the Workplace: Copyright Laws and "Fair Use" Principle
Evaluate the Information and Sources
The Reader's Corner
The Disadvantages of Web Research Conclusion
Worksheet for Researching Information Using Primary and Secondary Sources
Exercises Case Study: Discovering Job Prospects in Your Field
Organizing Information for Your Readers Readers and Your Documents Principle
Decide How to Organize Your Document Principle
Consider Using the Standard Patters of Organization Principle
Prepare an Outline The Reader's Corner: Organizing Web Sites Taking It into the Workplace: Organization Makes a Difference Principle
Tell Readers What You Are Writing About Principle
Use Headings to Show the Organization of Your Document Conclusion
Worksheet for Organizing Your Documents
Exercises Case Study: Writing Overviews and Headings
Writing Reader-Oriented Sentences and Paragraphs Focus on Actors and Actions Principle
Make the Actors the Subjects of Your Sentences The Reader's Corner: Reader-Oriented Poetry Principle
Put the Action in Verbs Principle
Emphasize the Important Information in Your Sentences Principle
Tie Your Sentences Together Taking It into the Workplace
How Are Your Editing Skills? Conclusion
Worksheet for Writing Reader-Oriented Sentences and Paragraphs Exercises
Using Reader-Oriented Language Principle
Use Specific and Unambiguous Language The Reader's Corner: Localizing Documents for International Readers Principle
Use Only the Words Your Readers Need Principle
Use Simple Words Principle
Use Positive Language Principle
Use Technical Terminology Consistently and Appropriately Principle
Use Nonsexist Language Principle
Consider Your Readers' Culture and Language
Taking It into the Workplace: What Is Simplified English? Conclusion
Worksheet for Using Reader-Oriented Language
Exercises Case Study: Changing Old Habits
Designing Documents for Your Readers How Design Makes Documents More Readable Principle
Consider the Design as You Plan Your Documents Principle
Choose Design Elements to Motivate Readers to Read Principle
Choose Design Elements to Help Readers Locate Information Taking It into the Workplace: Using Color to Structure Information Principle
Choose Design Elements to Help Readers Read Your Documents
The Reader's Corner
Typography Conclusion Worksheet for Designing
Documents for Your Readers Exercises Case Study: A "Diastrous" Design
Creating Effective Visual Aids for Your Readers Principle
Look for Areas Where Visual Aids Will Help You Communicate Principle
Design Visual Aids That Are Clear Taking It into the Workplace: The International Language of Graphics Principle
Select the Appropriate Visual Aid The Reader's Corner: Visual Aids in Space Principle
Integrate Visual Aids into the Text Principle
Use Computer Software to Create Professional-Looking
Visual Aids Conclusion: Ethics and Visual Aids
Worksheet for Creating Effective
Visual Aids for Your Readers Exercises
Preparing Front and Back Matter Principle 1: Prepare the Front Matter The Reader's Corner: The First "Covers" Principle
Prepare the Back Matter Principle
Number the Pages Conclusion
Taking It into the Workplace
Moving Front and Back Matter into the World of Online Communication
Worksheet for Preparing Front and Back Matter Exercises
Producing Effective Documents and Presentations for Your Audience
Writing Reader-Oriented Proposals Principle
Find Out About the Readers of Your Proposals Principle
Prepare to Answer Readers' Questions Principle
Use the Conventional Elements of Proposals
The Reader's Corner: Presidential Proposals Taking It into the Workplace
The Future of Proposals Two Sample Proposals
Worksheet for Writing Reader-Oriented Proposals
Exercises Case Study: Working for the Community
Writing Reader-Oriented Informal Reports Principle
Find Out About the Readers Principle
Prepare to Answer Readers' Questions Principle
Determine the Appropriate Format and Conventional
Elements for the Report Writing
Progress Reports Taking It into the Workplace
Progress Reports and Telecommuting
Writing Meeting Minutes
The Reader's Corner: Dramatizing Progress Reports
Writing Field and Lab Reports
Writing Trip Reports Sample Informal Reports
Worksheet for Writing Reader-Oriented Informal Reports
Exercises Case Study: Relocating an Office
Writing Reader-Oriented Formal Reports The Types of Formal Reports The Reader's Corner: Reports and the Free Press Principle
Identify the Readers and the Purpose of Your Reports Principle
Formulate Questions and Research When Needed Principle
Make Conclusions and Recommendations Based on Sound Research Principle
Use the Conventional Elements
When Writing Your Reports Taking It into the Workplace
Personal Computers, the Web, and Corporate Information
Writing Feasibility Reports Two Sample Reports
Worksheet for Writing Reader-Oriented Formal Reports
Exercises Case Study: Deciding Where to Live in the Fall
Writing User-Oriented Instructions and Manuals Principle
Find Out How Much the Readers Know About the Task Principle
Use an Accessible Design Taking It into the Workplace: A Note About Paper Versus Online Ins

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