English 1023 (Advanced Technical Communication)AY 2020-2021Lesson 1: Introduction to Technical CommunicationTopic: Definition and Characteristics of Technical CommunicationLearning Outcomes: At the end of this lesson, you are expected to:1.Define technical writing;2.Compare different categories of writing communication;3.Accomplish worksheet on the importance of technical communicationLEARNING CONTENTIntroduction:Technical communication is written for and about business andindustry, focusing on products and services: how to manufacture them,market them, manage them, deliver them, and use them. Technical writing iswritten: in the work environment or for supervisors, colleagues,subordinates, vendors, and customers. Technical writing, which must beunderstood easily and quickly, includes: memos and e-mail letters, reports,instructions, brochures and newsletters, the job search, web pages, fliers,PowerPoint presentations, and graphics. Technical writing/TechnicalCommunication is the resume that helps get a job and the web page thatpromotes a company. In each case, the technical document must bequantifiable, precise, and easily understood.Why would you study technical communication? Is your learning notenough without adding one more assignment or series of assignments?What’s the point?You often do not believe that you will have to write at work. Do notassume that once your education is completed, writing will be a distantmemory because you are wrong! Once you are employed, you will have towrite on the job. One reason for studying teaching technical communicationis so you will know the types of documents you will write on your future job.So, let’s prepare ourselves for an enjoyable technical writingexperiences!Lesson Proper:What Is Technical Communication?Technical information is frequently communicated through documentssuch as proposals, emails, reports, podcasts, computer help files, blogs, and
wikis. Although these documents are a key component of technicalcommunication, so too is the process: writing and reading tweets and textmessages, for example, or participating in webinar or videoconferenceexchanges with colleagues. Technical communication encompasses a setof activitiesthat people do to discover, shape, and transmit information.When you produce technical communication, you use the four basiccommunication modes — listening, speaking, reading, and writing — toanalyze a problem, find and evaluate evidence, and draw conclusions. Theseare the same skills and processes you use when you write in college, and theprinciples you have studied in your earlier writing courses apply to technicalcommunication. The biggest difference between technical communicationand the other kinds of writing you have done is that technical communicationhas a somewhat different focus on purpose and audience.
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