Writing in the Technical Fields: A Practical Guide by Thorsten EwaldWriting in the Technical Fields: A Practical Guide by Thorsten Ewald

Writing in the Technical Fields: A Practical Guide

byThorsten Ewald

Paperback | February 2, 2017

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Writing in the Technical Fields is a concise guide that introduces students to the elements of technical writing. Using clear, direct language and easy-to-follow principles, this second edition teaches students how to approach a wide range of fundamental concepts - including planning andediting documents, collaborative writing, and delivering engaging presentations - and helps them develop the skill and confidence needed to succeed as effective writers and communicators in the workplace.
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.
Title:Writing in the Technical Fields: A Practical GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.47 inPublished:February 2, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019902149X

ISBN - 13:9780199021499


Table of Contents

1. 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 StructureDocuments 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 CitationsThe Common Knowledge ExceptionTerminologyTypes: 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 LettersFinding 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, Warnings, and Danger AlertsUsabilityManualsExercises: Editing Instructions and Writing Instructions14. Oral PresentationsPlanning the PresentationMaking Speech NotesUsing Presenter ViewDesigning and Using SlidesPractising the PresentationOvercoming Stage Fright and Answering QuestionsExercises: Oral PresentationsAPPENDIX A Punctuation and GrammarApostrophesColonsCommasDashes (En Dash and Em Dash)HyphensModifiersPronounsQuotation MarksSemi-colonsAPPENDIX B Mechanics and ConventionsAcronyms and AbbreviationsCapitalsNumbersUnits of MeasurementAPPENDIX C EthicsEthics in the ProfessionsEthics for StudentsEthics in Technical WritingExercisesGlossary of Commonly Misused Words and PhrasesReferencesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"One of [this text's] strengths is that the documents it models and issues it discusses are relevant... A great example of the work done to support this is the instructor companion material in several chapters, which provides internet links to multiple resources. . . . Very useful." --Shannon Smyrl, Thompson Rivers University