Monday, May 3, 2010

Based on what you've seen . . .

So, here is your last blog prompt! Congratulations for reaching the end of the semester! So, for this final blog reply, please think about your peers' presentations. In your opinion, which presentation best exemplified the features of effective technical communication? To answer this thoroughly, you'll need to reflect on what those features are-- we have been examining them all term. Be specific in your comment. Describe how your peer's presentation exemplified the clear communication of technical information to a non-technical audience. Describe how your peer incorporated text and images together in an aesthetically powerfully way.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Technical Report

In this blog-posting reply, I want you to take some time and image a circumstance in your dream profession in which you might have to write a "technical" report for a non-technical audience. In what kinds of situation might you find yourself wherein you would have to convey your findings, or present your recommendations, to an audience that does not necessarily share all of your discipline-specific vocabulary? Develop the scenario for me and tell me how this project, in ENGL 341, might or might not have prepared for such an eventuality or possibility.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Intellectual Property

Please read this article:

What is your response to this? I have mentioned before in class that not all cultures share American standards for citation, "plagiarism," and academic honesty. Some of you might think that the domain of "plagiarism" is unclear. I don't want to give you a lot of prompting here; I am just interested in reading your responses to this news story.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Citation Style

I would like each of you, in your response to this post, to tell me what citation style you are using and how it compares to other prominent styles (how is it different? Or similar?). What is the practice for "in-text" citation in your style? What are the conventions for "References" or "Works Cited" page style? And why, do you think, does this particular style suit your discipline (as in, why do journal editors in your field like this style, possibly)? Finally, what is the purpose of an in-text citation, in general?

Friday, March 26, 2010

IRB approval/Secondary Research

For your response to this posting, I want you to think about two aspects of your technical report process. The first will really only pertain to some of you, but I invite all of you to say something about it. "IRB Approval" is a process that all students incorporating interviews, surveys, and observations need to complete before they proceed with the writing and completion of their technical report. Do a little looking into "IRB approval." What is it? Why do researchers need to go through the process? Who does it "protect"? Here's your second question: why do you need to incorporate, do you think, "secondary research" into your technical report? Why, as far as you can tell, does this research need to come from predominantly "peer reviewed" sources? I look forward to reading your responses!

Monday, March 1, 2010

James, Ryan, Paul, and Eddie

Definition: Passive voice occurs when you make an object of an action into the subject of a sentence. The basic formula is:

form of “to be” + past participle = passive voice


Example 1: Light penetration is reduced by sediment, and bottom dwelling organisms may be smothered by layers of sediment.

Solution 1: Sediment reduces light penetration and smothers bottom-dwelling organisms.

Example 2: Bottled water is purchased by many people.

Solution 2: Many people purchase bottled water.

Passive voice occurs when you make an object of an action into the subject of a sentence. It creates ambiguity in the meaning of a sentence, and makes statements lack confidence. It is typically in the form a conjugated form of “to be” followed by a past participle such as “Why was the road crossed by the chicken?” By making road the subject of the sentence, it emphasizes the role of the road instead of the chicken in the question. In some cases, such as informal documents, passive voice may be appropriate or even preferable.

Estela, Lee, and Josh

1. Water quality is determined by factors.

Many factors determine water quality.

2. Suspended and dissolved substances are contained in all natural waters.

Natural waters contain suspended and dissolved substances.

Passive Voice Examples

Passive Voice Summary

In a passive voice sentence, the action is preformed on the sentence. In an active voice sentence, the sentence subject performs the action.