Professional and Technical Writing

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For freshman and sophomore level courses in Professional and Technical Writing and Communication.

This award-winning text presents students with a comprehensive and straightforward introduction to technical communication. Illustrated throughout with professional and student writing samples from numerous career fields, Professional and Technical Writing 6e is the ideal text to prepare students for the type of writing and communication they will need to master to succeed in their careers.

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The sixth edition of this successful text is suitable for college and university students at any level. The materials have been tested in academic classes and in training workshops in a variety of businesses and technical industries.

The author includes writing samples from students and professionals that illustrate actual writing demands in a cross-section of career fields: architecture, aviation, business, computer sciences, ecology, engineering, fire science, insurance, landscape technology, manufacturing, medicine and dentistry, nursing and paramedical fields, pest control technology, real estate, and all of the sciences.

Each chapter begins with a list of skills to be acquired and ends with a checklist to be used with the end-of-chapter exercises and writing projects offering individual and collaborative writing options.

New to the Sixth Edition:
  • New — Chapter 16 on producing fliers, brochures, and newsletters
  • New — 31 illustrative figures and page design options
  • New — Exercises and writing options throughout
  • Expanded discussion of global audience concerns
  • Expanded coverage of speakers of English as a second language and multicultural concerns
  • Expanded coverage of document designs
  • Updated chapter on accessing information, including interview techniques
  • Reorganized section on The Technical Strategies with expansion of Producing Manuals and Product Support Items
  • Expanded chapter on website design and management

Companion Website: Book-specific features include online quizzes with coaching and instant scoring, essay questions that test students' critical thinking skills, and web links to online resources. Visit www.prenhall.com/vanalstyne

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About the Author:

Judith S. VanAlstyne taught English courses at Broward Community College for thirty years and was an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. She has served as an industry technical communications consultant and conducted technical-writing workshops and seminars throughout three South Florida counties. Ms. VanAlstyne initiated the Technical Writing Curriculum and Certificate Program at Broward Community College. She has authored numerous graphic design texts, instructional videos for technical writing, and technical workshop/seminar workbooks. In addition to teaching expository writing, creative writing, technical-writing, and literature courses, she introduced the technical-writing course curriculum to a private college in Malaysia. She has also published literary criticism, travel articles, and poetry.

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