ENGLISH 3900 Professional & Technical Writing Instructions March 3, 2019 – Posted in: Uncategorized
ENGLISH 3900 Professional & Technical Writing Instructions
You have been hired by the Clayton County government to create a one page how-to booklet for newresidents ofClayton County. The instructions you compose will teach a new residenthow to use a tool or complete a taskthat was previously irrelevant tohim or her. Think of a tool or taskthat the person might need to use or perform daily, for example using MARTA ora city bus, or Peach Lanes, the SWAN, a Clayton County school registrationsystem, or a hands free car radio. You could even give instructions for arriving at or completing a task at Mercedes Benz Stadium or SunTrust Park. Since the toolor taskyou select will be commonly used by others, first research a set of similar instructions that are already available for the product (a simple web search should deliver instructions of the tool). Once you evaluate the instructions, improve those instructions by simplifying them or adding steps/organization/images that are specific to your reader’s perspective(You will need to complete a reader matrix to determine this perspective). Your instructions must include an image of the tool. The image can be hand-drawn or computer generated using MS Word, Publisher, or Paint. If the image is hand-drawn, it must be drawn in such a way that it is reproducible or able to be submitted to me in electronic format. The image or drawing must include labels for each part of the tool or product so that the user will easily identify the parts you refer to in the instructions. The instructions must be detailed and indicate directional steps for beginning and ending use of the product.
Below is an example of the format. Format for Instructions Abstract •
Clear purpose statement for instructions •Summary of the main steps •List off materials or equipment needed (or reference to graphic)
Helpful pointers of definitions •Well-placed references to (1) Cautions (possibility of damage to things), (2) Warnings (possibility of injury), and (3) Dangers (probability of injury or death)
•Numbered steps -Steps grouped under main tasks, not presented in one list -Limit of one action in each step -Use of verbs rather than nouns •Separation of essential information (in steps) from helpful information (in “Notes” and “Results”) Conclusion Statement, or restatement, about importance of procedure Due: Reader Matrix: RequiredLength:1 page