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Technical Description. Emphasizes physical details What something looks like Can appear in any part of a long formal report Often appear as supporting information. Purpose of Description. Impart general knowledge Sell the mechanism Transfer technology Remember reader’s needs.

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technical description
Technical Description
  • Emphasizes physical details
  • What something looks like
  • Can appear in any part of a long formal report
  • Often appear as supporting information
purpose of description
Purpose of Description
  • Impart general knowledge
  • Sell the mechanism
  • Transfer technology
  • Remember reader’s needs
consider these questions
Consider These Questions
  • What is its purpose and function?
  • How can it be divided?
  • What is purpose and function of parts?
  • How does its parts work together?
more questions
More Questions
  • What is important for understanding?
    • Construction
    • Materials
    • Appearance
    • Size
are these important
Are These Important?
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Position of parts
use visual language
Use Visual Language
  • Shape:
    • cubical, cylindrical, circular, convex, concave, squate, trapezoidal, rectangular
    • C-shaped, L-shaped, Y-shaped, Cigar-shaped
use visual language1
Use Visual Language
  • Shape:
    • Threadlike
    • Sawtoothed
    • Football-shaped
use visual language2
Use Visual Language
  • SIZE
    • Can give physical dimensions but also
    • Compare objects to: Coins, paper clips, books, typewriters, football fields
use visual language3
Use Visual Language
  • Color
    • Use familiar colors--RED, Yellow
    • Or Descriptive Terms--Pastel, Luminous, Dark, Drab, and Brilliant
use visual language4
Use Visual Language
  • Texture:
  • Pebbly, Embossed, Pitted, Course, Fleshy, Honeycombed, Glazed, Sandpaperlike, Mirrorlike, and Waxen
use visual language5
Use Visual Language
  • Position:
  • Opposite, Parallel, Corresponding, Identical, Front, Behind, Above, Below, Right, Left, North, South
are there any so what s
Are There Any “So-What’s”
  • Implications you need to express explicitly for the reader
pattern of organization intro
Pattern of Organization--Intro
  • State mechanism and purpose
  • Give overall physical impression
  • Divide into principal parts
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Body
  • Describe each principal part
  • Use visual/figurative language
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Summarize
  • Describe mechanism in operation
  • Tie all parts together
plan graphic
Plan Graphic
  • Related to key idea
  • Interpreted and Referred in text
  • Number and descriptive title
  • Caption with key idea
what is the best graphic
What is the Best Graphic
  • Illustration
  • Photographs
  • Drawings
  • Exploded Drawings
write a transmittal memo
Write a Transmittal Memo
  • Direct to immediate audience
  • Orient audience to attached topic paper
transmittal guidelines con t
Transmittal Guidelines Con’t
  • Stress Key Information
  • Include comments that might not fit in the report (planned future report?)
  • End with a sense you appreciate having the opportunity to prepare the report
transmittal con t
Transmittal Con’t

Pattern of Organization

  • Introduction--Orient readers
  • Middle--emphasize one main benefit
  • Last--appreciation and offer to answer questions
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