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The text provides a comprehensive and basic overview of a wide variety of subjects in technical writing. The text also addresses several fields where technical writing needs are more prominent and what pertinent documents are common within those... read more
The text provides a comprehensive and basic overview of a wide variety of subjects in technical writing. The text also addresses several fields where technical writing needs are more prominent and what pertinent documents are common within those disciplines. The content is general and ideal for introductory level instruction and learning.
The content appears to be accurate and presented in an objective tone.
The text and examples are very up-to-date but some examples highlight pandemic-related issues which depending on how long the pandemic continues to impact our communities, the relevancy of these examples could be outdated quickly.
It would have been nice to see the terminology repeated or listed in the footnotes or side margins as the reader continues through the chapter. Repeated presentations of the definitions may be helpful to retain information and make it more easily accessible for the reader to refer back to then having to scroll back through multiple pages to revisit a concept.
The layout and content across the chapters is consistent throughout the text.
Topics, headings and subheadings are outlined in smaller sections and chapters can be easily rearranged to align with assignments and subjects discussed within a course.
Topics, headings, and subheadings are laid out in a logical format.
Text and images are simple and easy to view except for the instances where the examples are intentionally distorted for learning purposes. Most examples are relevant and helpful for comprehension of concepts.
Content was legible, clear, and concise. No significant issues with grammar were noticed.
Content does not appear one-sided and offers varying viewpoints on topics. Several sections in Chapter 2 speak to audience diversity and reminds the writer to remain cognizant of the intended audience. Chapter 3 also discusses ethical issues concerning diversity and workplace dynamics to promote a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment.
Overall, this is a sound text that provides a comprehensive overview of the technical writing field. I did find myself wishing there were some templates for some of the document types that were highlighted. I think a supplemental text with templates and exercises may be beneficial to enhance student learning of concepts and ideas.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Rhetorical Situation
- Chapter 3: Ethics
- Chapter 4: Persuasion
- Chapter 5: Writing Skills
- Chapter 6: Organization
- Chapter 7: Design
- Chapter 8: Graphics
- Chapter 9: The Writing Process
- Chapter 10: Revising and Editing
- Chapter 11: Research
- Chapter 12: Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources Properly
- Chapter 13: Collaborative
- Chapter 14: Oral Communication
- Chapter 15: Correspondence
- Chapter 16: Applications
- Chapter 17: Instructions
- Chapter 18: Proposals
- Chapter 19: Informational Reports
- Chapter 20: Recommendation Reports
About the Book
Technical writing courses introduce you to some of the most important aspects of writing in the worlds of science, technology, and business—in other words, the kind of writing that scientists, nurses, doctors, computer specialists, government officials, engineers, and other professionals do as a part of their regular work. The skills learned in technical writing courses can be useful in other fields as well, including education and social sciences.
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