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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


Technical description

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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