Learn how to select appropriate information for a technical background report or the background section of technical report. Background information offers context for the technical report and should not overlap with other report segments. This video also explores the importance of examining the needs of readers when writing background information.
- [Judy] Background, the back story.…What happened behind the scenes?…Even though all technical reports…contain background of one type or another,…once technical report is even called…a technical background report.…It doesn't provide conclusions or recommendations,…doesn't report or analyze research data,…so what does it do?…It's for a specific audience that has a need and use…for general information to help understand…the total project.…A technical background report…would select information that a specific group…would need to know.…
A group of surveyors who have been hired…to survey certain sections of land…that will be examined for the environmental impact…of construction for example.…They probably need to have, or at least might want to have,…a general idea of how what they're doing…fits into the total project,…but they don't need to have all the laws…that may have been broken, what the specific toxicity level…results mean, or what environmental protection techniques…to implement had been recommended.…So that technical background report…
- 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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