Engineering Communication: From Principles to Practice

Paperback | February 12, 2013

byRobert Irish, Peter Weiss

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Robert Irish is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He began the engineering communication program at the University of Toronto in 1995 and served as its first director until 2008. He also runs a series of courses on writing in engineering for professional engineers. Pet...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195446925

ISBN - 13:9780195446920

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PrefacePrinciples of Engineering CommunicationTo the InstructorTo the StudentIntroductionPart One: Setting the Stage for Understanding1. Purpose, Genre, and AudiencePrinciple 1: Finding PurposePrinciple 2: Improvising GenrePrinciple 3: Constructing Audience2. Strategies for InventionPrinciple 4: Developing Credible ArgumentPrinciple 5: Applying Rhetorical PatternsPart Two: Modes of Control: Organizing Information for Readability3. Guiding the Reader through the DocumentPrinciple 6: Building Effective IntroductionsPrinciple 7: Framing KnowledgePrinciple 8: Imposing Visible StructurePrinciple 9: Making Transitions4. Creating Clarity and CohesionPrinciple 10: Designing ParagraphsPrinciple 11: Moving from Known to NewPrinciple 12: Modifying MattersPart Three: Elements of Refined Communication5. Generating FlowPrinciple 13: Elevating VerbsPrinciple 14: Positioning the VerbPrinciple 15: Finding the Real SubjectPrinciple 16: Capitalizing on the Power Position6. Engineering Elegance in the DocumentPrinciple 17: Determining Sentence LengthPrinciple 18: Mastering Sentence RhythmPart Four: Applications7. Applying the Principles to Written Communication8. Applying the Principles to Visual Communication9. Applying the Principles to Oral CommunicationConclusion: From Principles to PracticeAppendicesAppendix A: Core Sentence Components: ClausesAppendix B: Sentence TypesAppendix C: Action Elements: Verbs and VerbalsAppendix D: Optional Sentence Elements: ModifiersAppendix E: JoinersAppendix F: PunctuationAppendix G: A Brief Primer on Ethics for the Engineer NEWAppendix H: FallaciesReferencesIndex

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"This book provides a thorough coverage of the technical aspects of writing, including sentence structure, rhetoric, and paragraphs. . . . I particularly appreciate the thoroughness of the book on discussing strategies for presenting concepts, arguments, and information so it will have thehighest impact. The advice is very good and will definitely help students to present their concepts clearly." --Michael McGuire, University of Victoria