Technical Writing @ SLCC
Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies , Salt Lake City Community College
Copyright Year: 2020
Publisher: Salt Lake Community College
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The book is very comprehensive and covers a wide range of topics required for students to learn the skill of technical communication. read more
The book is very comprehensive and covers a wide range of topics required for students to learn the skill of technical communication.
While reviewing some of the examples, text was highlighted in red which seems to indicate that there may be some inaccuracy, however it is unclear why the text is highlighted.
Some of the content should be updated. Some of the example documents are outdated.
The text is clear to understand, conversational in tone and accessible. The jargon and technical terminology are adequate.
The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
The text provides a useful table of contents that helped to identify the various sections/topics.
The content organization is logical by topic.
The content is well organized, however, the electronic version of the text did not provide adequate instructions for navigation.
The text contains no grammatical errors.
I did not find any of the content culturally insensitive or offensive.
Overall, it's a good resource.
Table of Contents
- I. The Writing Process
- II. Introduction to Writing in the Sciences
- III. Introduction to Writing in Engineering
- IV. Citation & Copyright
- V. Civic-Engagement and Technical Writing
- VI. Project Planning
About the Book
What is technical writing? You can think of it as writing about specialized topics or you could also think of it as using technology to communicate your ideas. A science lab report, a specification, a change order for building construction, or patient education materials–just to name a few–are all considered technical writing. Similarly if you design a webpage or a brochure this can also be considered technical writing. Academic writing, the writing you do for school, generally is informative or persuasive writing and usually only comes in a few different genres. In technical writing, on the other hand, one is often documenting what was done (such as a science experiment or auto repair invoice). Therefore the format of the writing is often as important as the content. This leads to an emphasis on usability and accessibility for your documents. Finally, although citing your sources is important in all writing, you will find that in some fields of technical writing, such as the sciences and engineering, it is one of the more important considerations of your writing.
About the Contributors
Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies at SLCC