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Designed for courses in Technical or Report Writing in Departments of English, Engineering, or Technology, this complete, "on-the-job" exploration of both written and oral communication focuses on the most effective techniques for the types of communications most frequently encountered in today's business world. It introduces readers to the employees of two technically oriented companies, the type of work they perform, and some typical situations that call for them to communicate with clients, suppliers, and each other. The Fifth Edition updates coverage to more accurately reflect the techniques used to write today's professional correspondences and reports.
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  • Paperback | 452 pages
  • 204 x 254 x 18.3mm | 920.65g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 5th edition
  • 0130811777
  • 9780130811776

Table of contents

1. A Technical Person's Approach to Writing. Simplifying the Approach. Planning the Writing Task. Writing the First Draft. Taking a Break. Reading with a Plan. Revising Your Own Words. Reviewing the Final Draft. Assignments. Weblinks.2. Meet "H.L. Winman and Associates." Corporate Structure. Your Role as a Technical Employee. Weblinks.3. Technical Correspondence. Focusing the Letter. Planning the Letter. Creating a Confident Image. Adopting a Pleasant Tone. Writing Electronic Mail. Using a Businesslike Format. Assignments. Weblinks.4. Short Informal Reports. Appearance. Incident Report. Field Trip Report. Occasional Progress Report. Periodic Progress Report. Project Completion Report. Inspection Report. Laboratory Report. Assignments. Weblinks.5. Longer Informal and Semiformal Reports. Investigation Report. Evaluation Report/Feasibility Study. Technical Proposal. Assignments. Weblinks.6. Formal Reports. Major Parts. Subsidiary Parts. The Complete Formal Report. Assignments. Weblinks.7. Other Technical Documents. User's Manual. Technical Instruction. Scientific Paper. Technical Papers and Articles. Assignments. Weblinks.8. Illustrating Technical Documents. Primary Guidelines. Computer-Designed Graphs and Charts. Graphs. Charts. Diagrams. Photographs. Tables. Positioning the Illustrations. Illustrating a Talk. Working with an Illustrator. Assignments. Weblinks.9. Technically-Speak! The Technical Briefing. Taking Part in Meetings. Assignments. Weblinks.10. Communicating with Prospective Employers. The Employment-Seeking Process. Using the Internet in Your Job Search. Developing a Personal Data Record. Preparing a Resume. Writing a Letter of Application. Completing a Company Application Form. Attending an Interview. Accepting a Job Offer. Assignments. Weblinks.11. The Technique of Technical Writing. The Whole Document. Paragraphs. Sentences. Words. Some Fine Points. Writing for an International Audience. Assignments. Weblinks.12. Glossary of Technical Usage. Index. Marking Control Chart.
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