The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication / Edition 1

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Overview

Good communication makes a difference. Any successful scientist or engineer will have multiple communication tasks connected with any project. Drawing on their considerable experience teaching both college students and science professionals, James Paradis and Muriel Zimmerman have written a handbook that treats four kinds of literacy -- written, oral, graphic, electronic -- as crucial and inseparable to science and engineering communication.

The MIT Guide emphasizes processes and forms that will help in creating documents and includes numerous realistic examples. A special feature of the book is its acceptance of the fact that most work in science these days is collaborative and that writing is often a group rather than a solitary activity. There is also a strong emphasis on the central role of the computer in creating and disseminating technical materials.

First, Paradis and Zimmerman observe, it is essential to consider science and engineering as communication. The most effective engineers and scientists are skilled writers, and the first chapter shows how important good communication is to a successful career in science. The chapters that follow address such topics as: defining your audience and aims; organizing and drafting documents; revising for organization and style; developing graphics; conducting meetings; memos, letters, and e-mail; proposals; progress reports; reports and journal articles; instructional materials; electronic texts; oral presentations; job search strategies; document design for page and screen; strategies for searching the literature; and citation and reference styles.

Defining your audience & aims, organizing & drafting documents, conducting meetings, journal articles, etc.

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" [T]he MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication
fulfills its goal admirably...." Paolo G. Cordone First Monday

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262161428
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

James Paradis is Professor and Head of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology.

Muriel L. Zimmerman is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Programs in TechnicalCommunication in the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
1 Writing and Work 3
2 Collaborative Writing 15
3 Your Audience and Aims 27
4 Organizing and Drafting Documents 41
5 Revising for Organization and Style 51
6 Developing Graphics 61
7 Design of Page and Screen 89
8 Searching the Literature 101
9 Documenting Sources 123
10 Memos, Letters, and Electronic Mail 137
11 Proposals 151
12 Progress Reports 183
13 Reports 193
14 Journal Articles 219
15 Oral Presentations 237
16 Instructions, Procedures, and Computer Documentation 255
17 Electronic Documents 267
18 CVs, Resumes, and Job Correspondence 275
A Brief Handbook of Style and Usage 287
References 315
Index 317
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