Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise files, part of Technical Writing: Reports.
- [Instructor] The exercise file provides actual technical reports, samples of some of the parts discussed in the various lessons, a checklist to help guide you, and a website that provides over 100 possible topics that lend themselves to technical reports, and diverse areas from nursing to aviation to forestry, with topics such as ethics in the newsroom, to employer retention policies, to product placement. As you learn about each technical report part in this course, the abstract or transmittal, for example, maybe practice writing one, immediately applying what you are learning.
This might be especially valuable if you're writing a technical report concurrently with taking this course. Then look at the example provided, or the suggested links to real technical reports. One part of a technical report is a possible disclaimer, which is what I'm including now. The web links are general and I'm not endorsing any of them, just providing them as possible examples. So in summary, use the file to practice, to analyze examples, to read what others recommend, all to help you achieve technical report writing skills.
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- Identify the purpose and main point of a report.
- Determine which questions should be asked before writing a technical report.
- Recall the six ethical principles identified by the Society of Technical Writers.
- List three groups of readers that could be the audience for a technical report.
- Examine the technical audience.
- Explain when it is appropriate to use generic headings.
- Recognize the best approach for writing a first draft.
- Name three areas of a report that should be assessed during the revision process.
- Review the best strategies for keeping your writing concise.