Technical Report Writing (HM2033)

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Recommended Book(s)

Steven E. Pauley & Daniel G. Riordan “Technical Report Writing Today”

Reference Book(s)

Teresa C. Kynell and Wendy Krieg Stone. Scenarios For Technical Communication

Davies J. W. Communication For Engineering Students (Longman 1996)

Van Emden J. Effective Communication For Science and Technology (Palgrave 2001)

Van Emden J. and Easteal J. Technical Writing and Speaking, An Introduction (McGraw-Hill 1996)

Eisenberg A. Effective Technical Communication (McGraw-Hill 1992)

Course Objectives

Every individual, in a professional life, has to interact with people inside as well as outside the concerned organization by means of writing in formal capacity. The students would be taught all the different styles of documentation with greater emphasis on the latest format that is presently in use in most parts of the world. They would be required to prepare all these documents one by one after they have been taught in detail about the various technicalities of composing these formal pieces of writing. They would be expected to have field survey as well, so that they may bring samples of these documents from a variety of private as well as public sector organizations for the sake of know-how about the latest market trends in the said field.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

 

CLO:1. Discuss ideas with a variety of people and their written work are considered as part of a professional’s duties inside an organization. (Level: A1)

CLO:2. Be aware of all the technicalities of formal writing to be used in professional lives. (Level: A1)

CLO:3. Systemize their brains with the most up-to-date styles of documentation that may be acceptable all over the world. (Level: A2)

CLO:4. Display proficiency in writing memos, proposals, covering letter, enquiry letter, job application letter, acceptance letter, business letter, short report, long report, and so on. (Level: A2)

Course Contents

Introduction to Technical Report Writing
  • What is a report?
  • Purpose of Technical Report Writing
  • Characteristics of Technical Report Writing
  • Kinds of Reports
7C’s of Communication and Resume Writing
  • The Traditional Resume
  • The Functional Resume
 Technical Writing Process
  • The Pre-writing Stage
  • The Writing Stage
  • The Post-writing Stage
Technical Writing Style
  • Writing Clear Sentences
  • Writing Clear Paragraphs
  • Revising for Clarity
  • Organising Clearly
Technical Writing Applications
  • Memorandums(Memo Format)
  • The Basic Elements of the Memo Format
Different Parts of a Technical Report (Formatting)
  • Title Page
  • Letter of Transmittal
  • Abstract/Summary
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • History, location, methodology, etc.
  • Results
  • Discussion of Results
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • Figures and Tables
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
Writing Research Proposal
  • Parts
  • Format
Writing Research/Term Paper
  • Style
  • Consistency
  • Clarity
  • Language
Informal Report
  • Informal Introductions
  • Summary
  • Background
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Discussion
  • Uses of Informal Reports
Formal Report
  • The Elements of a Formal Format
  • Arrangement of Formal Elements
  • Front  Material
  • Format Devices in the Body of the Formal Format
  • End Material
Recommendation and Feasibility Reports
  • Planning the Recommendation Report
  • Writing and Presenting the Recommendation Report
Exposure to Different Sample Technical Reports
Practice of Technical Report Writing
Final Project Presentation

Mapping of CLOs to Program Learning Outcomes

CLOs/PLOs

CLO:1

CLO:2

CLO:3

CLO:4

PLO:1 (Engineering Knowledge)

 

 

 

 

PLO:2 (Problem Analysis)

 

 

 

 

PLO:3 (Design Development of Solutions)

 

 

 

 

PLO:4 (Investigation)

 

 

 

 

PLO:5 (Modern Tool Usage)

 

 

 

 

PLO:6 (Engineer & Society)

 

 

 

 

PLO:7 (Environment and Sustainability)

 

 

 

 

PLO:8 (Ethics)

 

 

 

 

PLO:9 (Individual & Team Work)

 

 

 

 

PLO:10 (Communication)

 

 

 

 

PLO:11 (Project Management)

 

 

 

 

PLO:12 (Life Long Learning)