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Now let’s take a look at some Hollywood versions of what happens when technical communication goes awry.
Overview of technical & scientific writing with narration
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)
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
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 Singular - Teacher Varied & ChangingPurpose Earn a Grade/Display Complete a Task KnowledgeKnowledge Base Audience Has More Writer Has MorePage Design Limited Infinite Variety
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
Three Primary Purposes ofTechnical Communication• to inform• to persuade• to instruct