"Writing for Engineers"
Professional Communication in BCN Assignment 1: Memorandum (35 points) The following memo was submitted as a weekly progress report about project activities by William Jackson, construction manager, to his supervisor, Mark Hager, a vice president in a large construction company. It is typical of the reports and memos produced by Mr.Jackson. He was always extremely careful to double-check his content for accuracy, so he was surprised that his semiannual review identified his writing as a block to advancement. 10 January, 2006 TO: Mark Hager FROM: William Jackson SUBJECT: Update We're on schedule except for setting up the grinding wheels because they haven't ben received yet and calibrating the tools 'cause new master blocks haven't been uncrated and Joe Simons has been out all week with the flu. Next week everything should be done. The electrician is scheduled on Tuesday to install new lines and complete the wiring. 1) Examine the memo and use the principles and rules discussed in class to explain whether or not you agree with the assessment by Mr. Jackson's supervisor. List five issues that need the most work, in priority order as you see them, referring to specific sentences or sections of Jackson's memo as examples. 2) Rewrite the memo to make it effective, using concepts and principles discussed in class. 3) Write a memo to William Jackson, posing as Mark Hager, his supervisor, explaining what the major problems with his writing are and making helpful (and specific) suggestions for his future communications. Be sure to use an appropriate tone and format.