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A Guide to Technical Communications: Strategies & Applications

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Lynn Hall, The Ohio State University

Leah Wahlin, The Ohio State University

Copyright Year: 2016

Publisher: Ohio State University Libraries

Language: English

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Reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Cicchetti, Instructor of English Composition and Workplace Writing, College of DuPage on 4/20/21

The book is not comprehensive. It features three chapters, which don't appear to go together particularly well--Rhetorical Foundations, Job Search Communications, and Engaging with Research. Because of this structure, it would be difficult to use... read more

Reviewed by Ruth Perkins, Adjunct Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 5/21/19

Comprehensiveness From the introduction information, I expected some discussion and examples of technical documents listed (reports, proposals, introductions) in addition to the job related examples. The chapter on Applications in Technical... read more

Reviewed by James Ward, Associate Professor- Busienss Communication, Fort Hays State University on 11/28/18

The title of the book is misleading. The book covers three areas- job search, research, and team projects. These areas are in all business communication books, and those books are not calling these areas technical. I had expected topic areas such... read more

Reviewed by Michele Bildner, Adjunct Instructor, Fontbonne University on 6/19/18

Strategy examples for technical communication was limited to the application and interviewing processes and did not describe the different modes of dissemination, generating a clear purpose, or tailoring to a specific audience (other than a hiring... read more

Reviewed by Heather Jordan, Lecturer, Bowling Green State University on 2/1/18

This book is lacking quite a bit of content for a Technical Writing textbook. It does frame the conversation about technical writing with a rhetorical lens, suggesting knowledge of the field, but it is a very basic understanding that would speak... read more

Reviewed by Sumita Roy, Associate Professor, Southern University, Baton Rouge on 6/20/17

The authors present an excellent introduction to technical communication and discuss the basic concepts such as audience and purpose in detail. A brief discussion of the Aristotelian principles of the rhetorical situation helps students analyze a... read more

Reviewed by Lia Hadley, Adjunct Faculty, Chemeketa Community College on 6/20/17

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. It does not even have complete chapters. There are several chapters that are only a chapter... read more

Reviewed by Jessica Lee, Composition Instructor, Portland Community College on 6/20/17

The introduction explicitly states that this textbook was written for Engineering Technical Communications courses at The Ohio State University. However, with the exception of one or two references to resources specific to The Ohio State... 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


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  • 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.

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