In this video, Judy explains the purpose of a technical report: to give technical information to either inform or to persuade the reader. She covers different types of reports, such as describing a process or progress on a project, sharing results, or offering background information. In addition, learn how to establish the main point of the technical report using a clear, complete statement.
- [Instructor] In the most simplistic terms,…the purpose of a technical report…is to give technical information…to either inform or to persuade the reader.…Analyzing and understanding the what,…the purpose of your specific technical report,…and why, why you're preparing this specific technical report…are crucial to writing a thorough,…targeted technical report.…The first all-important questions…to achieving a strong technical report…is to understand the what.…
Is it to recommend, to analyze, or to inform?…And the why, to show progress on a project,…to describe a process,…or to persuade the reader to accept your recommendation.…Answering the what and why questions…will help you understand what the project is expected to do.…Look at these purpose statements.…The purpose of this report, or project,…is to recommend the controls that need to be established…to help prevent soil erosion and water pollution…around highway construction sites.…
Or here's another example.…The primary goal of this project is to analyze…the technical elements of creating an HTML code.…
- 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.
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3. Writing Process
4. Sections of a Technical Report
5. Mechanical Elements
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