Technical & ScientificWritingTeresa Foxworthy Cook
What is technicalwriting/communication?
Definitions• “writing that aims to get work done, to change people  by changing the way they do things.” (Riordan)• taking...
Types of Technical Communication  •   annual reports       •   instructions  •   quick guides         •   descriptions  • ...
Who creates these materials?
Two Types of Individuals• technical communication professionals• other professionals who write as part of their job
Differences between Academic& Technical Writing                 Academic Writing       Technical WritingAudience         S...
Major Traits of Technical Writing• is audience centered• enhances relationships• enables readers to act• occurs within a c...
Three Primary Purposes ofTechnical Communication• to inform• to persuade• to instruct
• Technical Writing in Hollywood – YouTube
ReferencesGurak, Laura and John Lannon. Strategies for Technical Communication in  the Workplace. Boston: Longman, 2010.Ri...
Overview of technical & scientific writing a2011
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  • Overview of technical & scientific writing a2011

    1. 1. Technical & ScientificWritingTeresa Foxworthy Cook
    2. 2. What is technicalwriting/communication?
    3. 3. Definitions• “writing that aims to get work done, to change people by changing the way they do things.” (Riordan)• taking complex information and making it clear for a lay audience• “the exchange of information that helps people interact with technology, advance workplace goals, and solve complex problems” (Gurak & Lannon)
    4. 4. Types of Technical Communication • annual reports • instructions • quick guides • descriptions • scholarly articles • letters • software guides • memos • training materials • procedures • promotional • social media content materials • presentations • technical reports • podcasts • proposals • videos • newsletters • manuals • user guides
    5. 5. Who creates these materials?
    6. 6. Two Types of Individuals• technical communication professionals• other professionals who write as part of their job
    7. 7. Differences between Academic& Technical Writing Academic Writing Technical WritingAudience Singular - Teacher Varied & ChangingPurpose Earn a Grade/Display Complete a Task KnowledgeKnowledge Base Audience Has More Writer Has MorePage Design Limited Infinite Variety
    8. 8. Major Traits of Technical Writing• is audience centered• enhances relationships• enables readers to act• occurs within a community• is interactive• is appropriate• is responsible• is designed• has definite purposes
    9. 9. Three Primary Purposes ofTechnical Communication• to inform• to persuade• to instruct
    10. 10. • Technical Writing in Hollywood – YouTube
    11. 11. ReferencesGurak, Laura and John Lannon. Strategies for Technical Communication in the Workplace. Boston: Longman, 2010.Riordan, Daniel. Technical Report Writing Today.

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