2-10-10 Writing and Communication in Engineering

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Unformatted text preview: Writing and Communication in Professional Employment: 1 the email professional Writing and Communication in Professional Employment: 2 The professional who does not write does not exist 3 Citing sources and plagiarism* 4 Some reasons for citing sources subsequent readers may need to find the source of significant data and facts to give proper credit for ideas reflected by the words the words in a particularly well-phrased thought previous writers who have compiled such ideas, words, or facts *Preston Stovall and Mike Jones, former 482 TAs. Shoplifting and plagiarism How are they similar? Both are stealing and both can be penalized How are they different? One is illegal, the other is unethical 5 Copyrights Using a copyrighted material inappropriately without proper permission is stealing and is both a legal and an ethical issue. Citation in addition to permission is necessary. 6 Boilerplate Material that can be copied into a new document with little or no change Examples Paragraph in legal document Consulting firm description Software code 7 Boilerplate Generally, has no citation or attribution Why is this so? 8 Government documentsfederal and state Although an author may be listed, to whom do they belong? Is permission needed to cite? Is citation or attribution needed? Use without citation is Unethical Generally legal because of the ownership issue 9 Fraction of time professionals communicate (% of work time) Engineering manager Design Engineer Field Engineer Answering email 25 15 5 Writing 100 70 20 Use Social Network for Technical Work ? No No No 10 So why write in college? You will write much in your professional life Most of us are not gifted writers Good writing skills can be learned 11 What are some communication media? Print Writing Calculations Software comments Drawings, figures Speaking Presentation 12 What are some different kinds of writing? Texts (~140+ characters) Social networks Emails Technical Persuasive Didactic Poetry Drama Novels, essays and others 13 Communication and writing Much of what is covered applies to other forms of communication Presentations Drawings Conversations 14 Automatics can be forgotten when the medium changes Automatically, we request a favor differently when talking with a very young child or an older adult But we sometimes forget about the audience We sometimes forget when writing a technical document 15 Pop quizpretend you are a CS major How do you explain the difference between...
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