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Technical Writing – Fall 2013 ENGL202C – sec 19 Skip to content Home Syllabus Schedule Job Application Packet Professional Blogging Technical Definition and Description Instruction Set Video Podcasts E-Portfolio About/Contact Technical Definition and Description Photo source: flickr, iPhone5 by methodshop.com Overview
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Technical professionals are often required to define or describe a technical object, concept, or process to someone who has little knowledge or experience with it. For example, an engineering firm might write a proposal to bid on a contract to develop a helicopter for the Defense Department; one section of the proposal would be a detailed description of the product the company proposes to develop. Technical descriptions are used before products and processes are developed (as part of proposals and planning documents), during development (in progress reports, for instance), and afterwards (as part of marketing and promotional literature and technical support documents). Choosing a Topic This assignment asks you to select a product or process and write a description of it.There are two different kinds of technical descriptions to consider. Choose whichever one is appropriate, depending on your topic. Note: It is a good idea to select something with which you are already familiar, so you can focus on learning how to write the description rather than focusing on both learning how to write the description and learning about the product or process! A product description explains the features of a specific device, like a scientific instrument or computer program. Possible topics include devices that are specific to your field, or devices you use in everyday life: · Manual grass clippers · Fuel cell · Battery · Catalytic converter · Manual can opener · Your favorite computer or video game · A specific car model A process description explains how a complex event occurs, including a mechanical process (i.e. how donuts are made) or natural event (i.e. how lightning is produced). You
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