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Define technical communication. What Is Technical Communication?. Technical object or mechanism description Directional process Informational process SOP Recommendation & feasibility report. Types Of Technical Writing. Let’s Speak. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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UHL 2422 English for Technical Communication

Define technical communicationWhat Is Technical Communication?Communication Use words, pictures, video, sound and animation Technical Refer to any body of knowledge not commonly understood.Information Include user guides, manuals, recommendation reports, progress reports, SOPs, and so on.Specific purposeCan be informative, instructive, or persuasive.Specific audienceRange from beginners/non-technical to seasoned veterans/technical.Needs Require specific needs for information. Need background on a topic, instructions for equipment, recommendations on which product to purchase, etcSpecific situation Business, professional or industrial applications solves a workplace problem or a need.Tools Use various communication methods to convey their message print, online, on screen

Types Of Technical Writing

Technical object or mechanism descriptionDirectional processInformational processSOPRecommendation & feasibility report

Lets SpeakWithout naming the object, describe it to your class. Can they guess the object?

For example: You use this in the kitchen. You use it when youre cooking potatoes or carrots. Its easy to use and safer than a knife. Its made from metal. It doesnt need batteries. Its not expensive.What is Technical Description?A mechanism or technical description explains and describes an object or a system. A mechanism or technical description can vary from basic to elaborate, from miniscule to large, and from inanimate to living. A description may have any number of parts, and each part has a specific function. The parts work together toward a definite purpose.

Subject of Description Tools and machinery (a claw hammer consists of a handle, claw, cheek, neck, and face)Organisms (a tree consists of roots, leaves, and bark)Substances (automotive paints contain chemicals such as toners, reducers, and hardeners)Locations (a construction site includes terrain and buildings) Systems (a plant includes its reproductive system)

3-minute TalkSearch the internet for a technical description of one of the following objects:Claw hammerTreeBow sawFlower A Claw HammerFace Flat surface used to drive a nail into a material. Cheek The sides of the hammer head, between the claw and the face. Eye Hollowed-out part of the hammer head into which the handle is inserted. Claw The cleaved peen can be used to extract bent or partially driven nails.

8A Tree

LilyCommon names: lily, Asiatic lily, Oriental lily

Description: Trumpet-shaped flowers grow to a 6-inch diameter. Stems grow to 3 feet long, carrying four to eight blossoms. Sparse foliage is dark green. Because blooms open at various times, most lilies live one to two weeks. Colors include white, yellow, pink, red and orange; many have a deeper color (freckles) on the inner petal.

Special care: To prevent pollen from staining petals or clothing, remove stamens.

Sources Of DescriptionPurpose SizeShapeColorTexture/Finish rough, smooth, wavy, shiny, dull, dark, glossyDimensions l, h, w, d, wMaterials wood, steel

Methods of attachment screwed, nailed, glued, weldedOrientation of parts to each other above, below, to the left/rightCapacity/Volume/AmountPattern/DesignSmell/OdorAge

Lets ReadMicro Floppy Disc

Focus on outline, sources of description and language (tense used, active vs passive voice, parts of speech, sentence structures, transitions)

Organizing Technical Description Spatialtop to bottomoutside to insideexterior to interiorpart by partcomponent by component

Sources of DescriptionPurpose SizeShapeColorTexture/Finish rough, smooth, wavy, shiny, dull, dark, glossyDimensions l, h, w, d, wMaterials wood, steelMethods of attachment screwed, nailed, glued, weldedOrientation of parts to each other above, below, to the left/rightCapacity/Volume/AmountPattern/DesignSmell/OdorAge

Organizing Technical Description(part-by-part approach)See how many parts you can name for one of the following objects:Reading glassesCameraHandphone Watch

Organizing Technical Description(part-by-part approach)refer Kitchen King ToasterLets ReadRayovac Flashlight

Focus on outline, sources of description and language (tense used, active vs passive voice, parts of speech, sentence structures, transitions)

Lets SpeakDescribe and talk about one of the following:

Time given is three minutes.

1. CAMERA4. WATCH2. LAPTOP5. THUMBDRIVE3. HANDPHONE6. EAR PHONEParts of Speech Basic Building Blocks(adj, adv, art, conj, n, prep, pro, v)Miriam (n) is (v) a (art) very (adv) nice (adj) young (adj)

woman (n). She (pro) comes (v) from (prep) Iran (n),

and (conj) she (pro) is (v) studying (v) at (prep)

our (adj) school (n).Parts of SpeechBased on a reading text, list as many nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs as possible within 60 seconds. Refer Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120.

NOUNSVERBSADJECTIVEADVERBOrganizing Technical Description

Organizing Your Speech

Assessment 1 (3-min. presentation of an object) Contents (8 marks)Introduction Main points & supporting pointsConclusionLanguage (16 marks) Transition signalsSpecific language in describing an object Tenses Pronunciation Delivery (16 marks) Non- verbal cues Vocal characteristicsFacial expressions Postures , gestures & appearance Visual aids