Technical Writing: A Practical Approach (5th Edition)

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For undergraduate-level courses in Technical Writing, Technical Communication and Professional Communication. Technical Writing: A Practical Approach is a straight-forward textbook that emphasizes one simple principle: you learn to write best by doing as much writing as possible. The author's writing style is reader-friendly, and engages students by having them write early (Chapter 1). This text keeps students current on today's technical communication topics and research, which are integrated throughout the text.

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Unique in approach, this introduction to technical writing immerses students in a running case study of situations and projects in a fictitious company that is much like an actual potential employer of college graduates. The text offers clear guidelines for all documents, annotated writing models, realistic assignments, and a writing handbook all in one -- allowing students to place themselves into professional roles and to respond to real-world technical problems, even if their own experience is limited.

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Pfeiffer's Technical Writing: A Practical Approach, Fifth Edition, continues to set the standard with these important and practical features:

  • Focus on both the writing process and the writing product
  • A simple "ABC" pattern for organizing all types of documents
  • A fictional company—McDuff, Inc.—that gives students a working world context for writing models and assignments
  • Easy-to-use, numbered guidelines for writing documents
  • Annotated writing models conveniently grouped at the ends of chapters
  • "Communication Challenge" case studies at the end of all 15 chapters
  • Alphabetized writing "Handbook" for quick reference
  • Ethics assignments in every chapter
  • Coverage of international communication

The fifth edition includes these NEW features:

  • New "Collaboration at Work" exercises open every chapter and provide easy-to-use group exercises to get students involved in the chapter content.
  • "International Communication" assignments in every chapter require students to use information from the chapter to solve a problem related to communicating across cultures and nations.
  • New material on web site design introduces students to issues of design, construction, use, and evaluation (Appendix B).
  • Expanded coverage of email in Chapter 7 addresses the increased emphasis on email in the workplace.
  • Chapter 13 has been significantly revised again to address the rapid changes in Internet research and databases.
  • Access the Pfeiffer web site by pointing at www.prenhall.com/pfeiffer. Here you will find additional resources to aid you in learning and applying the information from the book.

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