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The Essentials of Technical Communication 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 9780195384222
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780195384222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195384222
  • ASIN: 0195384229
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We have just begun to use this textbook in our technical writing classes at New Jersey Institute of Technology and it is perfect for us. It's inexpensive, it's small enough to carry and the chapters contain the most essential aspects of technical communication. Several instructors have built their entire course using this book. The quip on the front cover, "No one wants to read what you write," serves as an excellent introduction for students who are used to writing for a captive professorial audience.
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While I found this textbook to be pretty informative, I felt that a lot of the information was sort of "no duh". This may be because of my background in business, but I thought that for a college textbook it was pretty basic, definitely could have and should be a high school level class. It certainly does contain "the essentials", which is actually not nearly as much material as you would think. It's no larger than a chapter book, and when I got it in the mail I actually felt ripped off that I had spent so much money for so little. The book itself is quite small though, easy to carry in your backpack or even purse to class if you need to.

Overall though, it was easy to read, carry, and thankfully sell back after the class was over. The information related very well to the class, and supplemented class sessions quite well. However, I don't think it's a textbook I would ever refer to after the fact, especially with the internet being so abundant with its basic information.
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This book was a requirement for one of my college classes. Usually I don't care much for my textbooks, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The book gave very helpful tips on writing techniques and how to communicate effectively. There was a lot what I thought was no-brainer material, but then again, what I feel was old info could be new to others. I ended up keeping this book for reference instead of selling it back at the end of the semester. Great reference material in this textbook!
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Aside from the few typo/grammatical errors I noticed (which I found ironic, given that it's a book that's essentially about writing), this is a good guide for communicating professionally. I bought it for a class but I still plan on keeping it now that I've graduated; it has lots of templates and tips that will come in handy throughout my career.
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This book was a required text for a technical writing class I had taken. Believe it or not, this book is actually easy to read from cover to cover if you've got a strong background in writing. The concepts are relayed in a clear manner, and there are examples that make understanding the author's point very easy. The book addresses not only writing tasks and technicalities, but there is also an entire chapter devoted to writing ethically, which is a big deal in the age that we live in.

If you're studying engineering, this book will make a remarkable improvement in your lab report writing. I also recommend "A Guide To Writing as an Engineer" 3rd edition by David Beer and David McMurrey.
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I bought this as a textbook for a class I was taking and this was a good manual for the subject. Plenty of explanations and examples, a must keep for my bookshelf, and anyone else who is interested in the subject.
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This book provides detailed examples and explanations on what it means to be a technical communicator. There are many example documents and figures to show you what a good document looks like. This book explains the basics of technical communication.
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It was a required text book for my class on technical writing. It's informative and well-written. The only problem is that the answers to the online quizzes provided on the publisher's website are not always correct according to what is in the text. I had to take the quizzes as class assignments, and I'm glad my professor let us take them multiple times or I would have received poor scores. Maybe the inconsistencies are because this is an older edition?
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