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Technical Writing for Success

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ISBN-10: 0538450487

ISBN-13: 9780538450485

Edition: 3rd 2011

Authors: Sue Jefferson, Darlene Smith-Worthington

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List price: $111.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cengage South-Western
Publication date: 2/8/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

Sue Jefferson is a full-time teacher who is an enthusiastic and earnest supporter of education that prepares people for the world of work. Ms. Jefferson has taught in middle and high school, and currently teaches community college students; she also has owned and managed several businesses. Ms. Jefferson has taught technical writing for more than 10 years. Using her business background and teaching experience, Ms. Jefferson presents real-world-based reporting materials and sensible, useful teaching suggestions.

Darlene Smith-Worthington is a full-time teacher who is an enthusiastic and earnest supporter of education that prepares people for the world of work. Ms. Smith-Worthington is a community college instructor who also has experience in editing a weekly newspaper, directing public relations for a junior college, and managing samll businesses, including a farming operation. Ms. Smith-Worthington has taught technical writing for more than 10 years. Using her business background and teaching experience, Ms. Smith-Worthington presents real-world-based reporting materials and sensible, useful teaching suggestions.

What is Technical Writing?
You Are a Technical Writer!
Characteristics of Technical Writing
How Technical Writing Compares to Other Writing
Audience and Purpose.
Meeting the Audience's Needs
Planning Your Document's Purpose, Scope, and Medium
Technical Research
Researching at Work
Finding Secondary Data
Documenting Secondary Sources
Evaluating Sources
Taking Notes from Sources
Collecting Primary Data
Writing Process
A Process for Technical Writing
Planning
Drafting and Revising
Copyediting and Publishing
Writing Collaboratively
Brief Correspondence
Introduction to Text Messages, E-mails, Memos, and Letters
Audience
Prewriting
Formatting
Composing the Message
Document Design and Graphics
Designing the Document
Who Reads Graphics?
Designing Graphics
Constructing Graphics
Writing for the Web
Getting Started on Web Pages
Organizing and Designing Web Pages
Writing Text for the Web
Special Web Pages
Informative Reports
Getting Started on Informative Reports
Summary and Abstract
Mechanism Description
Periodic Reports
Progress Reports.
News Release
Investigative Reports
Incident Report
Trip Report
Science Lab Reports
Forensic Reports
Instructions
Getting Started on Instructions
Organizing and Formatting Instructions
Composing Instructions
Employment Communication
Getting Started on Employment Communication
Formatting and Organizing Resumes
Types of Resumes
Composing Resumes
Composing Employment Letters
Presentations
Getting Started on Presentations
Planning
Organizing and Composing
Preparing
Rehearsing
Presenting
Organizing a Group Presentation
Recommendation Reports
What is a Recommendation Report?
Starting a Recommendation Report
Formatting and Organizing
Recommendation Reports
Composing Recommendation Reports
Proposals
What is a Proposal?
Getting Started on Proposals
Composing Informal Proposals
Composing Formal Proposals
Ethics in the Workplace
What is Ethics?
Creating a Culture of Ethics
What to Do When Faced with an Ethical Dilemma
Why is it So Difficult to Behave Ethically?
Technical Reading
Technical Reading vs. Literary Reading
Before You Read
As You Read
Inside Track
Organizing with the Direct Approach
Tone
Parallelism
Economy
Using Numbers
Clarity
Active and Passive Voice
Gender Unbiased Language
You Attitude
Effective Transitions