Writing%20as%20an%20engineer

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Some thoughts on engineering  writing 1
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The professional who does not  need to write… …probably does not exist 2
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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 ? 0 0 0 3
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Communication and writing Much of what is covered here applies to  other forms of communication… Presentations Drawings Conversations 4
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What are some communication  media? Print Writing Calculations Software comments Drawings, figures Speaking Presentation 5
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What are some different kinds of  writing? Text messages (~140+ characters) Social networks E-mails Technical Persuasive Didactic (instruction) Poetry Drama Novels, essays and others 6
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So why write in college? You will write much in your professional life Your ultimate success will be influenced by  your writing skills Most of us are not gifted writers Good writing skills can be learned 7
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Two important reasons for citing  sources… 8 readers may need to find the source of  significant  data  and  facts   to give proper credit for  Facts  discovered by others Theories or ideas  reflected by the words The  words  in a particularly well-phrased thought  Previous writers who have compiled such ideas,  words, or facts
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Plagiarism Taking ideas or actual passages from  someone else’s work and presenting it as  your own [Urban Dictionary] 9
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Shoplifting and plagiarism How are they similar? Both are theft and both can be penalized How are they different? One is illegal, the other is unethical 10
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Copyrighted material Using copyrighted material inappropriately  without permission, like theft, is both a  legal and an ethical issue. Both permission and citation are required  to use copyrighted material. 11
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Boilerplate Material that can be copied into a new  document with little or no change Examples Paragraph in legal document Consulting firm description Description of  design team capabilities 12
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Government documents—federal  and state Although an author may be listed, the  documents are in the public domain Is permission needed to cite? Is citation or attribution needed? Use without citation is Generally legal because of the ownership  issue Still unethical 13
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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 14
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