Writing in the Technical Fields: A Practical Guide

Paperback | January 2, 2014

byThorsten Ewald

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Using clear, direct language and easy-to-follow principles, this concise technical writing manual carefully guides students in becoming effective technical writers and clear professional communicators.

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Using clear, direct language and easy-to-follow principles, this concise technical writing manual carefully guides students in becoming effective technical writers and clear professional communicators.

Thorsten Ewald is a full-time technical communications instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) as well as a consultant and trainer in corporate technical communications. He holds a Master's degree in literature and rhetoric from the University of British Columbia.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.45 inPublished:January 2, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195449088

ISBN - 13:9780195449082

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Table of Contents

ChecklistsAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Why Technical People Needn't Fear WritingWriting in the Technical WorkplaceWhy Technical People Can Master Technical WritingAttributes of Technical WritingThe Writing ProcessExercises: Writing in the Workplace2. Technical SentencesIntroductionFind the Real SubjectFind the Real Verb (Avoid Nominalizations)Edit for ConcisenessEdit for ClarityCheck for Gender-Neutral LanguageCheck the Grammar and MechanicsExercises: Editing Technical Sentences3. Technical ParagraphsKeep Paragraphs ShortBegin Paragraphs with a Topic SentenceMake Every Paragraph UnifiedMake Every Paragraph CompleteMake Every Paragraph CohesiveExercises: Editing Technical Paragraphs and Reports4. Parallelism, Lists, and LayoutParallelism in SentencesListsHeadingsExercises: Creating Parallel Sentences and Lists5. Routine CorrespondenceLetter FormatMemo and Email FormatsEmail Etiquette ("Netiquette")Professional Correspondence: Style and ToneExercises: Standard Correspondence6. Technical Reports and DocumentsReport StructuresDocuments That Report on Past Events or Completed TasksDocuments That Report on Ongoing Tasks: Progress ReportsDocuments That Recommend Future ActionsDocuments That Define Standards: SpecificationsExercises: Writing Different Kinds of Reports7. Formal ReportsParts of a Formal ReportFormal Report PaginationExercises: Formal Reports8. Intercultural Communication, Collaborative Writing, and Document ControlIntercultural CommunicationWriting in TeamsDocument Sharing and ControlExercises: Intercultural Considerations9. References and CitationsWhat to ReferenceTerminologyTypes: MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, IEEE, ACS, VancouverCiting SourcesCreating References SectionsAutogenerating Reference EntriesSample IEEE Reference EntriesExercises: References and Citations10. Technical GraphicsTypes and UsesPutting Graphics into ReportsRules for Incorporating Report GraphicsAvoiding Graphical MisrepresentationExercises: Technical Graphics11. Job Application PackagesThe Myth of the Experience TrapResumesApplication Letters/Memos/EmailsFinding Job OpeningsExercises: Job Application Packages12. Technical Definitions and DescriptionsTechnical DefinitionsTechnical DescriptionsExercises: Technical Definitions and Descriptions13. Instructions, Procedures, and ManualsThe IntroductionThe Step-by-Step InstructionsThe ConclusionNotes, Cautions, and WarningsUsabilityManualsExercises: Editing Instructions and Writing Instructions14. Oral PresentationsPlanning the PresentationMaking Speech NotesDesigning and Using SlidesPractising the PresentationOvercoming Stage Fright and Answering QuestionsExercises: Oral PresentationsAppendix A: Punctuation and Grammar- Apostrophes- Colons- Commas- Dashes (En Dash and Em Dash)- Hyphens- Modifiers- Pronouns- Quotation Marks- Semi-colonsAppendix B: Mechanics and Conventions- Acronyms and Abbreviations- Capitals- Numbers- Units of MeasurementAppendix C: Ethics- Ethics in the Professions- Ethics for Students- Ethics in Technical WritingExercisesGlossaryReferencesBibliographyIndex

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"I really appreciate the author citing real-life Canadian examples that explain why technical communications is so important in the workplace." --Dylan Stephen Yanchynski, Red River College