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Engineering Communication

From Principles to Practice

Second Edition

Robert Irish and Peter Weiss

Publication Date - April 2013

ISBN: 9780195446920

400 pages
Paperback
8.9 x 7.0 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $74.95

A writing and communications text designed to guide engineering students through the process of writing polished and professional documents

Description

Engineering Communication: From Principles to Practice, Second Edition, is a writing and communications text designed to guide engineering students through the process of writing polished and professional documents.

The principles are supported by numerous tips found in marginal boxes, exercises in new "Try This" boxes, and writing samples that clearly demonstrate how each principle can be applied to everyday communication challenges. This resource also includes a series of appendices covering the fundamentals of grammar, plus a new primer on ethics for engineers.

FEATURES

Thoughtfully organized. Organized around eighteen principles of clear communication that can be adapted and applied to a variety of communication tasks, the text ensures that students have the tools they need to develop superior writing and presentation skills.

Applied approach. Students are taught transferable skills rather than simply being given templates to copy, giving them a workable and versatile knowledge of grammatical, effective writing. The book demonstrates how each principle can be applied to everyday communication, and further supports these applications with numerous authentic writing examples.

Helpful learning tools. The text includes numerous tips, exercises, and writing samples. It also includes a series of appendices covering the fundamentals of sentence structure, verbs and verbals, modifiers, joiners, punctuation, fallacies, and a new primer on ethics for engineers, all designed to support students in writing polished and professional documents.

About the Author(s)

Robert Irish is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He began the engineering communication program at the University of Toronto in 1995 and served as its first director until 2008. He also runs a series of courses on writing in engineering for professional engineers.

Peter Weiss is a senior lecturer at the University of Toronto and is the current director of the engineering communication program, which he has been involved with since 2000.

Previous Publication Date(s)

April 2013
May 2009

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Principles of Engineering Communication
    The Second Edition
    To the Instructor
    To the Student
    Publisher's Preface
    Introduction

    PART I. SETTING THE STAGE FOR UNDERSTANDING

    Chapter 1. Purpose, Genre, and Audience
    Principle 1: Finding Purpose
    Principle 2: Improvising Genre
    Principle 3: Constructing Audience

    Chapter 2. Strategies for Invention
    Principle 4: Developing Credible Argument
    Principle 5: Applying Rhetorical Patterns

    PART II. MODES OF CONTROL: ORGANIZING INFORMATION FOR READABILITY

    Chapter 3. Guiding the Reader through the Document
    Principle 6: Building Effective Introductions
    Principle 7: Framing Knowledge
    Principle 8: Imposing Visible Structure
    Principle 9: Making Transitions

    Chapter 4. Creating Clarity and Cohesion
    Principle 10: Designing Paragraphs
    Principle 11: Moving from Known to New
    Principle 12: Modifying Matters

    PART III. ELEMENTS OF REFINED COMMUNICATION

    Chapter 5. Generating Flow
    Principle 13: Elevating Verbs
    Principle 14: Positioning the Verb
    Principle 15: Finding the Real Subject
    Principle 16: Capitalizing on the Power Position

    Chapter 6. Engineering Elegance in the Document
    Principle 17: Determining Sentence Length
    Principle 18: Mastering Sentence Rhythm

    PART IV. APPLICATIONS

    Chapter 7. Applying the Principles to Written Communication

    Chapter 8. Applying the Principles to Visual Communication

    Chapter 9. Applying the
    Principles to Oral Communication
    Conclusion: From Principles to Practice

    APPENDICES
    Appendix A: Core Sentence Components: Clauses
    Appendix B: Sentence Types
    Appendix C: Action Elements: Verbs and Verbals
    Appendix D: Optional Sentence Elements: Modifiers
    Appendix E: Joiners
    Appendix F: Punctuation
    Appendix G: A Brief Primer on Ethics for the Engineer
    Appendix H: Fallacies

    References
    Index

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