Technical Communication Today (5th Edition)

Technical Communication Today (5th Edition) PDF

Author: Richard Johnson-Sheehanr

Publisher: Pearson


Publish Date: August 9, 2014

ISBN-10: 0321907981

Pages: 656

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

In the technical workplace, people use their computers to help them research, compose, design, revise, and deliver technical documents and presentations. Networked computers and mobile devices are the central nervous system of the technical workplace, and Technical Communication Today helps students and professionals take full advantage of these important workplace tools.

New media and communication technologies are dramatically altering technical fields at an astounding rate. People are working more efficiently, more globally, and more visually. These changes are exciting, and they will continue to accelerate in the technical workplace. This new edition of Technical Communication Today continues to help writers master these changing communication tools that are critical to success in technical fields.

Today, as the centrality of technology in our lives has expanded, almost all professionals find themselves needing to communicate technical information. To meet this need, this book addresses a broad range of people, including those who need to communicate in business, computer science, the natural sciences, the social sciences, public relations, medicine, law, and engineering.

What’s New in the Fifth Edition?

This edition has been streamlined so that students can quickly find the key information they are looking for in every chapter. Many chapters have also been reframed to present the writing process for any document as a series of steps. In addition:

• A new Chapter 21, “Writing for the Web,” provides an overarching look at how to write for the Web, with coverage on creating and designing websites, social media pages, blogs, videos, podcasts, and wikis.
• An updated Chapter 11, “Starting Your Career,” reflects the electronic shift in the job search process. In addition, it provides more guidance on creating chronological résumés and designing a searchable résumé.
• A revised Chapter 14, “Researching in the Technical Workplace,” now provides step-by-step guidance on the research process, with more help on beginning research with primary and secondary sources; collecting evidence through print, electronic, and empirical sources; and new coverage of revisiting a hypothesis to determine its validity.
• New sample documents provide even more examples of the types of communications students will encounter in the workplace, including technical descriptions (Chapter 6), instructions (Chapter 7), reports (Chapter 10), and a résumé from an international student (Chapter 11).
• New Microgenre examples in Part 2, including tweeting at work (Chapter 5), demonstrate how elements of broad genres can be applied to narrower rhetorical situations.

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