T&OE 3060 - TECHNICAL REPORT WRITING
Fall 2009 –Final Exam
(200 points total)
This is a closed book, closed Internet, closed drive, closed mouth, closed mobile phone, closed
PDA, closed neighbor exam. You may use any handwritten notes you prepared on the buff-
colored review sheet.
Type your responses to the following questions. Pay attention to what each question asks for:
describe, explain, discuss, etc. Some questions may have multiple parts. Be sure to answer all
Type your name and date at the top of your document.
Begin each response a double space below the related question.
Format the text appropriately in report style. (You may ignore the usual three sentence
minimum for this exam.)
Use good technical writing principals and complete sentences.
Spelling and punctuation do count, so be careful.
When you are finished, print your exam to submit with this test sheet.
Your goal is to convince your instructor you “get” these concepts.
No “fluff” or generalities—just solid content.
1) From what you learned in Chapter 1 of your textbook, and in class, how would you explain
technical writing to someone unfamiliar with it? (Hint: purpose) (10 points)
2) Describe techniques that make for effective technical writing. (10 points)
3) From what you learned in Chapter 2 of your textbook, and in class, how would you
explain the importance of understanding and writing to the audience? Give examples of
some characteristics and how your writing would accommodate those audience groups. (20
4) From what you learned in Chapter 4 of your textbook, and in class, discuss any two of the
guidelines listed for writing clear sentences and give examples of how your writing has
improved by being aware of these guidelines for clearer sentences. (20 points)
5) From what you learned in Chapter 6 & 7 of your textbook, and in class, explain effective
techniques for using visual aids in technical communication. How would you explain the
importance of overall design in technical writing? (20 points)
6) From what you learned in Chapter 9 of your textbook, and in class, describe the structure
(how do you write a definition?) of definitions used in technical writing. (5 points)
7) Describe the two major types of definitions used in technical writing, and give several
examples of them. (10 points)
8) From what you learned in Chapter 10 of your textbook, and in class, what is covered in the
introduction of a mechanism description? What all is included when a main part is
described? (20 points)
9) From what you learned in Chapter 11 of your textbook, and in class, what do you now
know about writing instructions that you didn’t know before this class? Be specific (i.e. do
not tell me they are important). (10 points)
10) From what you learned in Chapters 12 and 19 of your textbook, and in class, when is it
appropriate to use a memo and when is it appropriate to use a letter? Give possible realistic
scenarios you anticipate facing in the workplace for each. (10 points)
11) From what you learned in Chapter 15 of your textbook, and in class, compare and contrast
a recommendation report and a feasibility report. (20 points)
12) From what you learned in Chapter 16 of your textbook, and in class, explain what is
different about a solicited proposal and an unsolicited proposal. (10 points)
13) From what you learned in Chapter 20 of your textbook, and in class, explain the number
one goal of a letter of application and resume´. (10 points)
14) When describing your skills, abilities, and previous experiences in a resume, it is important
to use what kind of words? Provide examples. (10 points)
15) Describe the difference between a functional resume and a chronological resume. Provide
examples of how things would be presented differently. (10 points)
16) Describe features and elements of an application cover letter, particularly when an
employer lists specific requirements or qualification criteria in a posted advertisement. (5
Bonus (2 points): Describe what you, as a writer, can do to maximize your credibility
with the reader.
Bonus (2 points): When writing a letter of application, in the final section, it is important do two
things, which are…
Bonus (2 points): What is the Robert Lewis Stevenson quote that is the motto for this class?
FINAL BONUS Reflect on your learning
10 possible Bonus points—3 for format; 4 for content; 3 grammar and sentence structure.
Prepare a memorandum to your instructor listing four (4) things you do differently now when you write
than you did at the beginning of the semester, and/or what you now know about writing that you did not
know when you started. Begin your memo on the next page (ctl. enter) and limit it to no more than one
page. Format the memo appropriately.
I hope you have become a more confident writer this semester. Enjoy your break.
You’ve earned it.