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Technical writing intro notes revAug13

This course targets a specific kind of writing and

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Unformatted text preview: oo much new knowledge to learn. You can also expect to write more in this course than in most others that you have or will take, so be prepared and forewarned. What aspects of communication need to be considered? There are six basic aspects you need to think about, which together will address the what, who, where, when, how and why of any piece of communication: • Content is the message given and received • Form is how the message is delivered (layout, mechanics, usage, format) • Style is the way that message is presented (structure, language, illustration) • Audience: who they are, what they know, why they will read, how they will read • Occasion: how, where & when; politics, ethics, legalities; process and deadline • Purpose: to inform, to persuade, to explain, to report, to investigate, to analyse … What are the characteristics of technical writing? • • Language is lay but vocabulary tends to be speed • Sentences are highly specific and fact- filled • Numbers, dimensions, signs and symbols are plentiful • Graphs and tables may substitute for, reinforce or expand on surrounding text • Purpose is declared early on Sources are given credit...
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