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Assignment Guidelines Technical Description for Two Audiences

To complete this assignment:

  • You will explain to both a non-technical audience and to a specialized audience how something works.

  • You will choose an object or a process with which you are familiar.

  • You will then describe that object or process to an audience with whom you share a

    degree of familiarity or specialization.

  • You will also describe this object or process to an audience that has little or no

    background on the subject.

  • Your description will include visuals (photos, schematics, charts, graphs, line drawings).

  • The description will use visual detail in both words and images.

    Examples include the following:

    • You are a member of a gaming community. You could write a description of how a game operates for individuals in your gaming community. You would also describe how the game operates to an audience of non-gamers.

    • You are in a branch of the military. You could write a description of how a function of your unit operates for an audience of colleagues who are also in your branch of the military. You would also describe how this function works to a non-military audience.

    • You work for a travel agency. You could write a description of a particular process in searching for an international flight for colleagues at the agency. You would also write a description of the process to an audience that does not work at the travel agency.

    • You are an auto mechanic. You could write a description of how spark plugs work in a four-cylinder engine for an audience of colleagues who work in your shop. You would also write a description of how spark plugs work in a four-cylinder engine to an audience of non- mechanics.

    • You work in technical support at a computer store. You could write a description of how a graphics card works to colleagues in your tech support unit. You would also write a description of how a graphics card works to an audience that is not familiar with computers.

    • You work in a restaurant. You could write a description of how the serving process works during a busy Friday for fellow workers at the restaurant. You would also write a description to an audience that does not work at the restaurant.

    Overall, chapter 20 from Markel, “Writing Descriptions,” should be read thoroughly as you begin this assignment. Different types of descriptions call for different strategies. The chapter from Markel is an excellent resource in guiding your approach. The chapter is available in eReserves under Content in our LEO classroom.

Your descriptions should answer the following questions:

• What is the object or process? How is it defined?• What does the object or process do?• What does the object or process look like?• What is the object made of? (if you are describing an object, and not a process) • How does the object or process work?

• Why should the reader be interested in your object or process? Your descriptions should explain the following:• Why the object or process is significant for the audience• How each of the functions of the object or process work

• Appropriate detailsStrategies to Consider for this AssignmentYour description should follow one of these styles of organization: Spatial

§This style might be used when you want readers to describe an object or process according to its physical layout. For example, in describing a flatscreen television set, you might start at the top and work your way to the bottom.Functions in Order of Importance, Hierarchy, or Rank

§This style would be used if you want to highlight the most important functions first, the next most important functions second, etc., or you want to indicate the chain of command in an organization, etc. For example, in describing a flatscreen television set, you might start with the pixels, which make up the picture, and then proceed to describe other functions. Chronological

§This style would be used if you want to describe the object or process according to time or sequence. For example, in describing a flatscreen television set, you might start with what happens first (the user turns the television on), what happens second (the pixels respond), what happens third, etc.

Helpful Resources

• “Writing Descriptions,” chapter from M. Markel in eReserves• David McMurrey’s Technical Description: What does it look like? • Scribd description of a computer mouse

Length

1000-1400 words total (for both documents for both audiences—roughly 500-700 words each) 

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