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Unformatted text preview: Name: ______________________ (print) EXAM 2: TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION, ETHICS, and TEAMWORKING SECTIONS (30 points) Technical Communication: Questions 1-3: Graphics / 8 Question 4: Editing for clarity, conciseness, & correctness / 2 Total / 10 Ethics: Question 1: Ethics and documentation / 2 Questions 2-6: Ethical analysis and decision-making / 13 Total / 15 Teamworking: Question 1: Documentation / 2.5 Question 2: Experience / 2.5 Total / 5 HONOR PLEDGE: I have neither given nor received help on this examination, nor have I concealed any violation of the Honor Code. ___________________________________ (signature) (date) 2 TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION (10 points total) Graphics for Written Documents 1. If you had a series of numbers in your text, why should you convert to a graphic, and how should you choose the type of graphic you’d use? (2) Your reasons can be any or all of these: (1) values displayed in a graphic are usually easier for a reader to absorb quickly than a series of numbers written in sequence in a paragraph; (2) graphics help the reader to understand the relationships among numbers quickly; (3) graphics have more visual impact than a series of numbers. You choose your graphic according to the nature of the data AND the point you want to make with it. You can’t just say that graphics are clearer than numbers –they aren’t, necessarily. You can’t say that a series of numbers is meaningless unless you make it into a graphic –the numbers aren’t meaningless; they’re just hard to work with. You can’t say only that you choose your graphic according to the data –raw numbers don’t tell you what kind of graphic to use. You have to know what you want the data to show, and that’s what you needed to tell me that you understand. 2. Explain briefly what a data commentary is and why you should have one when you insert a complex graphic into a text. (2) A data commentary is a short paragraph or series of sentences in the text of the report you’re inserting your graphic into. It tells what the graphic’s main point is and gives highlighting statements illuminating points or relationships among the numbers that a reader might not see without guidance. It interprets the graphic and ensures that the reader knows what the graphic is for. You should have one because readers don’t necessarily get the point of a complex graphic if you don’t explain it. You shouldn’t say that a graphic is meaningless without it; you can say that the meaning of the graphic may be unclear or a reader may miss the point of it. It’s not a caption. It’s not a description of the graphic (you wouldn’t say ‘this is a line graph. On its x-axis you’ll see [variable A], and on its y-axis you’ll see [variable B],’ would you? THAT would be a description of the graphic). You needed to show me that you understand the necessity of explaining complex graphics in your text so that the graphics work with the text to make a point....
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- Fall '06
- Ethics , Swanson MCP implant