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Technical Report Writing Today

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ISBN-10: 0618140166

ISBN-13: 9780618140169

Edition: 8th 2002

Authors: Daniel G. Riordan, Steven E. Pauley

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Technical Report Writing Today provides thorough coverage of the technical writing basics, techniques, and applications students are likely to encounter in both their academic courses and their future careers. Its practical presentation of varied examples and exercises helps students internalize the skills necessary to produce clear and effective documents and reports. Annotated student examplesmore than 100 in allillustrate different writing styles and approaches to problems. A chapter on Developing Web Sites introduces students to the basics of effective web site creation by presenting professional and student examples and references to current practices.
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Book details

List price: $88.35
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 598
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Contents I. Technical Writing Basics 1. Definition of Technical Writing Technical Writing Is Audience-Centered Technical Writing Is Presentational Technical Writing Is Responsible 2. Defining Audience An Example of Technical Writing How Much Does Your Audience Know About the Topic? What Is the Audience's Role in the Situation? What Are the Audience's Community Attitudes? What Consequences Will Occur from This Idea? 3. The Technical Writing Process An Overview of the Process Planning Your Document Drafting and Finishing Your Document 4. Technical Writing Style Write Clear Sentences for Your Reader Write Clear Paragraphs for Your Reader Choose a Tone for the Reader II. Technical Writing Techniques 5. Researching The Purpose of Research QuestioningThe Basic Skill of Researching Collecting Information from People Collecting Published Information 6. Summarizing Summarizing 7. Designing Pages Design for Readers Learn the Elements of Page Design Use Basic Design Guidelines Develop a Style Sheet 8. Using Visual Aids The Uses of Visual Aids Creating and Discussing Visual Aids Using Tables Using Line Graphs Using Bar Graphs Using Pie Charts Three Principles for Manipulating Graphs Using Charts Using Illustrations 9. Defining Creating Formal Definitions Creating Informal Definitions Developing Extended Definitions Planning Your Definition 10. Describing 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 System 11. Sets of Instructions Planning the Sets of Instructions Writing the Set of Instructions Field-Testing Instructions Article Instructions III. Technical Writing Applications 12. Memorandums and Informal Reports The Elements of Memos The Elements of Informal Reports Types of Informal Reports 13. Developing Web Sites Basic Web Concepts Planning a Web Site or Web Document Drafting Testing 14. Formal Reports The Elements of a Formal Report Front Material The Body of the Formal Report End Material Works Cited 15. Recommendation and Feasibility Reports Planning the Recommendation Report Writing the Recommendation Report Planning the Feasibility Report Writing the Feasibility Report 16. Proposals The External Proposal Planning the External Proposal Writing the External Proposal The Internal Proposal Planning the Internal Proposal Writing the Internal Proposal 17. User Manuals Planning the Manual Writing the Manual 18. Oral Reports Planning the Oral Report Organizing the Oral Report Presenting the Oral Report Effectively IV. Professional Communication 19. Letters The Three Basic Letter Formats Elements of a Letter Planning Business Letters Types of Business Letters 20. Job Application Materials Analyzing the Situation Planning the Reacute;sumeacute; Writing the Reacute;sumeacute; Planning a Letter of Application Writing a Letter of Application Interviewing Writing Follow-up Letters Appendices A. Brief Handbook for Technical Writers Problems with Sentence Construction Punctuation Abbreviations, Capitalization, and Numbers B. Documenting Sources How Internal Documentation Works The APA Method The MLA Method Numbered References