EN 306 Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Scientific and Technical Writing
S1T 2007 DLA
McGee, Nancy J.
B.S., Secondary Eduction, EnglishM.A., English LiteraturePh.D., English (Composition)
January 15-March 11, 2007
EN105, EN106, Passing the Writing Competency Exam, 60 credit hours
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Paper #1: Develop two audience-and-use profiles for two audiences (one profile for a semi-technical audience and one profile for a non-technical audience) for whom you are writing a technical definition, and then write a one-page definition for each audience. (Relevant text reading: Chapter 3, Delivering the Essential Information, and Chapter 20, Technical Definitions.) First select a technical term you wish to define. Then fill out the Audience-and-Use Profile for one technical audience and one non-technical audience (see p. 36 for the form). Next, evaluate what information you would include for each audience. For example, you might select the term diabetes and the two audiences for whom you are writing the definitions might be pre-med students taking an endocrinology course and the patients of an endocrinologist who has prepared a short handout for his patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes. For the first audience of pre-med students, you might consider defining diabetes in terms of metabolic and chemical disorder. For the non-technical audience, you might consider adding to a simple definition of diabetes as a metabolic disorder an analogy of how the system has gone awry and, most important for this audience, how having diabetes is going to affect their lives. In analyzing the information you would include for each audience, you would consider the various ways in which to define terms and use those tools to select what would be appropriate to each audience to create an effective definition. (See Chapter 20 of your text for definition strategies.) Then, using appropriate diction and level of details, you would write your definitions.
Audience: For whom is the report intended? Who else will read it?
Goals of the information contained in your report: How will the information in this report be used?
Information objectives: What specific information will be contained in the report? What information will be given to the reader? How will readers benefit?
Information specifications: Overall structure, Title, graphics production, printing specifications.
Sectional content outline: Working section headings and subheadings and a brief summary of what will be in each.
Methodology: Determine how the information will be gathered and analyzed, the schedule for research, editorial standards and strategies, style guidelines.
Information verification: How will the information be verified? Are the procedures used considered to be accurate?
Schedule for completion of assignments related to analytical report.
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