Concise Guide to Technical Communication / Edition 2

Concise Guide to Technical Communication / Edition 2

by Laura J. Gurak, John M. Lannon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0321146158

ISBN-13: 9780321146151

Pub. Date: 07/10/2003

Publisher: Pearson

The book takes a situational approach, emphasizing issues of audience, purpose, and task. In addition, it is the first Technical Communication text which acknowledges that most technical communication today is electronic—whether it be Web sites, CD–ROM help files, or e–mail reports, today's technical communicators work more in the new media than in the

Overview

The book takes a situational approach, emphasizing issues of audience, purpose, and task. In addition, it is the first Technical Communication text which acknowledges that most technical communication today is electronic—whether it be Web sites, CD–ROM help files, or e–mail reports, today's technical communicators work more in the new media than in the old ones. The Concise Guide offers a seamless connection between the new and old worlds of technical communication. Offering a critical look at communication technologies in relation to technical communication, this text is designed for a broad range of undergraduate classes. Includes concise coverage and examples of how to create and design successful technical print and electronic documents including proposals, instructions, specifications, documentation, procedures, reports, and memos. Also includes cutting edge coverage of such issues as ethics, copyright, plagiarism, usability, page design and visual communication. This book is for any professional who wants a concise guide to becoming a better communicator in the technical professions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321146151
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
07/10/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

(Note: Every chapter ends with “Exercises,” as well as “The Collaboration Window” and “The Global Window” activities)

 

I. TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES AND CONSIDERATIONS.

1. An Introduction to Technical Communication.

Communicating About Technology

Main Characteristics of Technical Communication

Types of Technical Communication

Technical Communication in the Workplace

Teamwork, Virtual Teams, and Project Management

Societal Dimensions of Technical Communication

Ethical Dimensions of Technical Communication

Checklist for Quality in Technical Communication 

2. A World of People and Purposes.

People, Purposes, and Communities

Analyzing Your Audience

Analyzing the Communication Purpose

Analyzing the Communication Context

Conducting an Audience/Purpose Interview

More Tools for Understanding Audience

Using Information from Your Analysis

Audiences Are Not Passive

Typical Audiences and Purposes for Technical Communication

Checklist for Analyzing Audience, Purpose, and Context

3. Designing Usable Information.

Usability and Technical Information

Usability–During the Planning Stages

Usability–During the Writing and Design Process

Usability–After the Information Is Released

Writing and Organizing Information for Usability

Checklist for Designing Usable Information

4. Performing Research for Technical Communication.

Thinking Critically About Research

Primary Research

Internet and Digital Research

Other Electronic Research Tools

Hard Copy Research

Checklist for Research

5. Technical Communication in a Digital World.

Communicating in Digital Space

Technical Communication Principles Still Apply

Designing Information for the New Media

Online Documentation and Interface Design

Corresponding Over the Wires: Email, Blogs, and Instant Messaging

Telecommuting and Virtual Teams

Presentation Software

Checklist for Digital Communication

6. Ethical Issues in Technical Communication.

Ethics, Technology, and Communication

Case Examples of Ethical Issues in Technical Communication

Types of Ethical Choices

What Is Legal Is Not Always Ethical

Additional Ways in Which Actions Can Be Unethical

Types of Technical Communication Affected by Ethical Issues

Responding to Ethical Situations

Checklist for Ethical Communication

7. Copyright and Privacy.

Why Technical Communicators Need to Understand Copyright and Privacy.

Copyright — An Overview

Documenting Your Sources

Electronic Technologies and Copyright

Privacy — An Overview

Computer Technologies, Privacy, and Technical Communication

Checklist for Copyright and Privacy

8. Page Layout and Document Design.

Creating Visually Effective Documents

Formatting the Page Effectively

Using Typography Effectively

Creating Effective Search Options

Designing Electronic Documents

Creating and Using Style Sheets and Tools

Checklist

9. Graphics and Visual Information.

The Power of the Picture

When to Use Visuals

Different Visuals for Different Audiences

Text into Tables

Numbers into Images

Illustrations

Diagrams

Symbols and Icons

Wordless Instruction

Photographs

Maps

Visualization and Medical Imaging

Software and Web-Based Images

Using Color

Avoiding Visual Noise

Visuals and Ethics

Cultural Considerations

Checklist for Visual Communication

II. TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION SITUATIONS AND APPLICATIONS.

10. Everyday Communication Situations.

Email

Memos

Letters

Resumes

Short Reports

Oral Communication

Checklist

11. Product-Oriented Communication Situations.

Specifications

Brief Instructions

Procedures

Documentation and Manuals

Technical Marketing Material

Checklist

12. Complex Communication Situations.

Definitions and Descriptions

Long Reports

Proposals

Checklist

Appendix A: Grammar.

Punctuation

Lists

Avoiding Sentence Fragments and Run-On Sentences

Usage (Commonly Misused Words)

Subject-Verb and Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Faulty Modification

Mechanics

Appendix B: Documenting Sources.

Quoting the Work of Others

How You Should Document

MLA Documentation Style

APA Documentation Style

CSE Documentation Style

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