Tech_Comm_Guide_Rev_2015_09_24

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2014 Technical Communication Guide Fundamentals of Engineering 1181 & 1182 Purpose: This guide is intended to provide the basic information about technical communication conventions, formats, and style. This guide also contains advice about common writing errors, writing in a diverse community, and developing a stronger writing vocabulary.
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Technical Communication Overview II | P a g e Additional Resources OSU Writing Center The Writing Center at the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing offers free help with writing at any stage of the writing process for any member of the university community. Schedule an appointment here: APA Formatting Guide Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
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Technical Communication Overview III | P a g e Contents Additional Resources ................................................................ II Contents ................................................................................... III Introduction .............................................................................. 1 Technical Communication Overview .................................... 1 Technical Communication in Engineering 1181/1182 ......... 1 Progression of Assignments .................................................. 1 Evaluation of Assignments .................................................... 2 Technical Communication Style ............................................ 2 Revising ................................................................................. 4 Format Details ........................................................................... 5 General .................................................................................. 5 Equations & Sample Calculations ......................................... 6 Written Communications .......................................................... 7 Executive Summary Content ................................................. 7 Lab Memo Content Overview ............................................... 9 Lab Report Content Overview ............................................ 12 Format and Language ......................................................... 16 Further Details (Figures, Tables, Appendices) .................... 17 Oral Communication ............................................................... 19 Presentations ...................................................................... 19 Multimedia (Posters, Slides, Videos) .................................. 21 Appendix A: Effective Communication Strategies ................. 24 Integrating Purpose and Organization ................................ 24 Additional Tools .................................................................. 25 Writing Strong Sentences ................................................... 26 Punctuation ......................................................................... 30 Appendix B: Sample Documentation ...................................... 33 Executive Summary – Bridge Breaking Sample .................. 33 Lab Memo – Fuel Cell Sample ............................................. 36 Lab Report – Sample ........................................................... 49 Introduction ........................................................................ 53 Experimental Methodology ................................................ 53 Results ................................................................................. 54 Discussion ............................................................................ 57 Conclusion & Recommendations ........................................ 59 PowerPoint Example ........................................................... 66 Appendix C: Project Sample Documentation ......................... 78 Arduino Code Example ........................................................ 78 Sample Schedule ................................................................. 79 Team Meeting Notes .......................................................... 80 AEV SolidWorks Model ....................................................... 82
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Technical Communication Overview 1 | P a g e Introduction Technical Communication Overview “Technical Communication” is a broad category that includes numerous ways of sharing information about specialized subjects. Some examples include user guides for software, product specifications, patents, assembly instructions, technical diagrams and illustrations, and websites about medical products. The most important principle of technical communication is that the information be presented in a way that is clearly organized, audience-appropriate, and easily understood.
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