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INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS WRIT 340/TOWNSEND SPRING 2010
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WRIT 340/M. Townsend Technical Writing Assignment (100 points) Spring 2010 Background As an engineer, most of your writing may be of a highly technical nature. An important component of much of this writing is description. Occasionally, a technical description constitutes the entire document. More often, the technical description constitutes only a segment or segments of a larger document. For example, many of you will have significant amounts of technical description in your magazine article. You are likely to have even more in your project proposals. As you know, a technical description is a description of an object, a mechanism, a substance, an organism, or a system. The description emphasizes physical characteristics. It contains both overview of the whole and detailed description of the parts. It almost always uses spatial order for organization. It must be absolutely precise, using specific, technically accurate terms. It is usually accompanied by precise and extensive visuals. Another type of technical writing is process explanation. A process explanation, like the technical physical description, often appears as part of a larger document. In fact, it often accompanies a technical physical description. Process explanations range from fairly broad overviews to detailed directions. Sometimes they focus on the doer of the action; at other times, they focus on the action itself and the result thereof. All process explanations explain sequential action in chronological order. A process explanation contains both overview of the entire sequence and description of each step in the sequence. It, too, requires careful language and precise visuals. Process explanations tend to fall into two categories: 1) functional description, the popular “how it works” description; and 2) instructions for use. We will discuss the differences between these two in class. Assignment Hypothetical scenario: Your company is thinking about manufacturing an object TBA . You have been assigned a four-part writing task: 1) writing a technical physical description of the object , based upon the prototype you have, for your colleagues to use in determining the feasibility of manufacture; 2) writing an explanation of how the object works, also for use by your colleagues; 3) drafting directions for assembling the object , also for use by your colleagues; and 4) drafting directions for use to be included with the object for sale. You have also been assigned the task of creating graphics to go with all of the pieces of your written document. 2
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You must keep in mind the following while drafting your document: The information must be organized into a clear and logical order of presentation; Your text must be 100% error-free ; You must write with your audience(s) in mind ; and Your visuals must be incorporated properly into the text. You will use your lecture notes and your handouts as a basis for your work.
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2010 for the course WRIT 340 taught by Professor 11:00-12:20pm during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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