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Instructions and Procedure Descriptions. Procedure Description. Procedure: Events that produce a predictable outcome Examples: Requesting vacation days, manufacturing an engine part, discipline for sexual harassment, balancing a checkbook

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Instructions and Procedure Descriptions


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Procedure Description

  • Procedure: Events that produce a predictable outcome

  • Examples: Requesting vacation days, manufacturing an engine part, discipline for sexual harassment, balancing a checkbook

  • A procedure description informs a reader by helping the reader understand what happens


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Instructions

  • Different from a procedure description

  • Instructions inform the reader by explaining how to perform a procedure

  • Examples: product manuals, assembly instructions, “how-to” instructions, assignments

  • Instructions also persuade readers. How?


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Discussion

  • Why are procedure descriptions and instructions particularly important in today’s society?

  • New and changing technologies

  • More accountability, regulations, and red tape


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Instructions

  • General Instructions—instructions that explain how to perform a generic procedure

  • Specific Instructions—instructions that explain how to perform a procedure under conditions involving particular equipment, surroundings, or other variables


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Instructions: Components electric hedge trimmer

  • Brief introduction explaining the purpose and importance of the procedure

  • List of materials, equipment, tools, and skills required

  • Actual instructions: numbered, step-by-step, detailed explanation of how to perform the procedure

  • Typically one or more visuals for clarification


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Instructions: Guidelines electric hedge trimmer

  • Use short, simple commands that start with a verb.

  • Avoid “recipe shorthand” that omits small words such as a, an, and the.

  • Separate steps unless closely related or simultaneous.

  • Try to avoid more than about nine steps at a time.

  • Use subdivisions for complicated or long steps


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3. Use a T-connector to connect two more 2-foot sections of pipe, so that the T-connector is in the center of the pipes with the open end of the T-connector facing up. Do this again to make a second piece. Add 1-foot sections to either end using elbow connectors. This is the base that will support the ladder form.


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  • Use a T-connector to connect two more 2-foot sections of pipe, so that the T-connector is in the center of the pipes with the open end of the T-connector facing up.

  • Repeat this step to make a second piece.

  • Add 1-foot sections to either end using elbow connectors. NOTE: This is the base that will support the ladder form.


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  • Make the base of the ladder form. pipe, so that the T-connector is in the center of the pipes with the open end of the T-connector facing up.

    3a. Use a T-connector to connect two more 2-foot sections of pipe, so that the T-connector is in the center of the pipes with the open end of the T-connector facing up.

    3b. Repeat this step to make a second piece.

    3c. Add 1-foot sections to either end using elbow connectors.


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Instructions: Avoiding Liability pipe, so that the T-connector is in the center of the pipes with the open end of the T-connector facing up.

  • Note, caution, warning, and danger

    • Note—alerts to information that will make the procedure easier or more efficient

    • Caution—alerts to risk of equipment failure or damage

    • Warning—alerts to possible equipment damage, serious injury, or death

    • Danger—alerts to probable serious injury or death


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