A Guide to Technical Communications: Strategies & Applications

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Lynn Hall, The Ohio State University
Leah Wahlin, The Ohio State University

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Ohio State University Libraries

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Reviewed by Heather Jordan, Lecturer, Bowling Green State University, on 2/2/2018.

This book is lacking quite a bit of content for a Technical Writing textbook. It does frame the conversation about technical writing with a … read more



Reviewed by Jessica Lee, Composition Instructor, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The introduction explicitly states that this textbook was written for Engineering Technical Communications courses at The Ohio State University. … read more



Reviewed by Lia Hadley, Adjunct Faculty, Chemeketa Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This book is largely incomplete. It looks as though an early draft has been uploaded rather than the finished document. It has no index or glossary. … read more



Reviewed by Sumita Roy, Associate Professor, Southern University, Baton Rouge, on 6/21/2017.

The authors present an excellent introduction to technical communication and discuss the basic concepts such as audience and purpose in detail. A … read more


Table of Contents


  • What is Technical Communications?

Rhetorical Foundations

  • What is Rhetoric?
  • Applications in Technical Communications

Job Search Communications

  • Preparing Job Application Materials
  • Interview Strategies
  • Employment Access, Equity & Opportunity

Engaging With Research

  • Common Types of Research Reports & Documents
  • Strategies for Conducting Research
  • Writing about Research
  • Using and Documenting Sources


About the Book

Welcome to the textbook for Engineering Technical Communications courses at The Ohio State University.  Our aim in writing this textbook was to create a resource specifically focused on and applicable to the kinds of communication skills most beneficial to the students who take our courses. Therefore, this textbook focuses on developing both technical and professional communication skills and will help readers practice strategies for critically analyzing audiences and contexts, real-world applications of rhetorical principles, and skills for producing documents (reports, proposals, instructions), presentations, videos, and wide variety of other professional communications.

About the Contributors


Lynn Hall is currently finishing her Ph.D. in English from Miami University (Ohio).  In addition to over 15 years of experience in the legal field, she has taught writing in a variety of courses including English composition, literature, women’s studies, business, and technical communication classes.

Leah Wahlin is interested in the intersections of technology and communication. While working on her Master's in Renaissance women's writing, she was a member of the Digital Writing Collaborative at Miami University (Ohio), focusing on teaching writing using digital technologies. After completing her graduate degree, she taught writing and literature, but also built a career as a project manager at a digital marketing agency and then as a content director and researcher for a small company building a gardening app. She is also serving as a writing partner for a book project with Professor R. Brian Stone (OSU Department of Design) that examines the increasing role of motion design in effective visual communications.