How is it critical for technical communication to be able to analyze the context, audience, and purpose of the text? What are the possible influences on technical communication from different audiences, purposes, and contexts?
An ability to correctly analyze the context, audience and purpose of technical communications is key to a successful communication. This analysis is what allows one to understand and create documents and presentations within an engineering context. This implies that without an accurate analysis of the context, audience and purpose of the communication, one cannot gain skills essential in responding to varied communication contexts and situations thus rendering the communication ineffective.Depending on the context, purpose and audience of any technical communication, several factors are bound to change in order to meet their understanding. Engineering context is a key factor in the selection of software, devices, or services for the communication. The engineering context will play a significant role in dictating the language used.
My works were addressed primarily to my peers in Design4Practice. EGR 386w may change this to include key engineers who might be interested.
Technical communicators (e.g., engineers) often struggle to be appropriately clear, concise, and comprehensive in their writing/communication. What makes this difficult? This balance may seem difficult to achieve in the past.
It is often difficult for technical communicators to achieve the right balance of clarity, completeness, and conciseness. This is due to the nature work they handle. Take engineering as an example. The work is complex and detailed, so it requires extensive work to express them. Technical communicators often neglect to communicate clearly and concisely in order to achieve this understanding. They choose less clarity and more conciseness and the result is usually very clear and concise. This makes it difficult to find the right balance between clarity and comprehension.
Personally, I have never been in such a situation.
EGR 386w is a course that focuses on ethical technical communication. What are some possible ethical pitfalls in technical communication? And why should this concern engineers and stakeholders?
Engineers can demonstrate their competence to do engineering work accurately, honestly and without bias through ethical technical communication. This ensures engineers enroll only for work they are capable of performing competently and without strain, ensuring top-quality work.
Technical communication may be viewed as unethical in situations where the technical communicator fails acknowledge authorship and does not cite works. In addition, work that is delivered does no good for society. Engineers must be very concerned about such cases because they can lead to a reduction in the quality and success of their work.
What technical writing conventions are you most familiar with (e.g., grammar and punctuation, spelling, organization, etc.)? These conventions will be improved upon during the EGR386w semester.
My grammar and organization have been a major problem over the years I’ve worked as a technical communicator. I have also struggled with proper punctuation when writing.
These conventions were reinforced by me during the EGR386w semester. These strategies include spending more time learning English grammar and punctuation. The second will require you to be able to read and understand different text formats. These strategies should help me understand and utilize these conventions better in the future.