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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 youd 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 cant just say that graphics are clearer than numbers they arent, necessarily. You cant say that a series of numbers is meaningless unless you make it into a graphic the numbers arent meaningless; theyre just hard to work with. You cant say only that you choose your graphic according to the data raw numbers dont tell you what kind of graphic to use. You have to know what you want the data to show, and thats 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 youre inserting your graphic into. It tells what the graphics 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 dont necessarily get the point of a complex graphic if you dont explain it. You shouldnt 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. Its not a caption. Its not a description of the graphic (you wouldnt say this is a line graph. On its x-axis youll see [variable A], and on its y-axis youll 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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