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MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu 1.133 M.Eng. Concepts of Engineering Practice Fall 2007 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms .
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Technical Writing Eric Adams Debbie Levey James Paradis , Head, MIT Writing Program 1.133 Concepts of Engineering Practice September 2007
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Importance of Technical Writing • At least as important as technical competence – along with oral presentation • Reflection of who you are: –c la r i
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Know your audience • Technical level – peers, public, bureaucrats, lawyers – dictates style and detail • Level of formality – simple communication … polished prose • Anticipate the ultimate audience – your email/memo/report can get forwarded!
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Guidelines for (professional) email [M. Green, D. Hatem, LLP, BSCE News 26(10), 2003] • Always use professional tone • Review email as carefully as a letter before sending
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