The focus of a technical report can vary depending on the writer, the reader, the company, or even the government agency. Judy offers tips on how to discover the focus of report. Learn how to ask important questions during this process to learn the readers' needs. She also addresses the amount of time it might take to craft a technical report.
- [Instructor] The term technical writing may have…different meanings for different people.…Even though technical report is the most…commonly used term,…the terms working or discussion papers are also used.…The focus on technical report writing can be…in terms of the writer's focus,…the reader's focus, the company sending the report,…or the company receiving the report's focus,…or even the governing agency's focus.…So as we delve more deeply into technical…report parts and technical report writing steps,…keep in mind that technical report writing's focus…is on a formal report to convey technical information…that is easy to locate and to understand…for a specific purpose.…
And believe it or not,…you probably frequently read technical reports.…User manuals, online help for example,…and maybe prepared technical reports even though…you may not think you've ever prepared one.…You've probably filled out a questionnaire…or asked your employer for a pay raise.…Those may not qualify as formal technical reports,…but as you'll discover as we delve more deeply…
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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.
Skill Level Intermediate
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2. Analyze Audience Characteristics
Evaluate audience needs3m 41s
3. Writing Process
4. Sections of a Technical Report
5. Mechanical Elements
Next steps2m 29s
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