Ethics play a prominent role when writing technical reports. Judy covers six ethical principles, as outlined by the Society of Technical Writers, that must be followed when creating a technical report. Learn how legality, honesty, confidentiality, quality, fairness, and professionalism impact technical writing. This video also addresses how the accuracy of the information, and presenting it objectively, are also the responsibility of the writer.
- [Instructor] The most simplistic definition of ethics…is doing what is right, versus not doing what is wrong.…Ethical behavior is important in everything,…including technical writing.…Many of the major areas in the technical writing field…deal with technical processes, such as technology,…medical topics and government regulations.…Concerning the environment, for example,…part of the purpose of technical reports…is to help the consumer be safe,…and to use products effectively and confidently.…
Of course, a secondary purpose of some technical writing…is to persuade the customer that something is safe.…And in many technical topics,…you find diverse and contradictory viewpoints.…And that's where ethics enters in.…The Society for Technical Writers,…a professional association dedicated to the advancement…of technical communication,…identifies six ethical principles that must be adhered to.…Let's look at those.…The first is legality.…
If there is a contract, are the terms followed?…Are both local, state, national and global laws…
- 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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