Ch 13: Technical Manual Writing Process Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Technical Manual Writing Process chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the purpose and writing process of technical manuals in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Technical Manual Writing Process chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Structure, types and purpose of technical manuals Examine the organizational structure, purpose and content of manuals; Types of technical manuals, including policy, procedure, operations, operator's, owner or user, service and maintenance, training, field and lab
Tuesday Print manuals and e-manuals Understanding print manuals and e-manuals and the benefits for each, depending on the audience
Wednesday Manual writing issues Issues that occur in manual writing, including updates and usability
Thursday Standard operating procedure (SOP) Purpose, content and organizational structure of standard operating procedures
Friday Understanding the writing process for manuals Prewriting, writing, rewriting, role of single sourcing, guidelines in writing manuals, manuals for transnational audiences, role of design in producing manuals

6 Lessons in Chapter 13: Technical Manual Writing Process Lesson Plans
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The Purpose, Content & Structure of Manuals

1. The Purpose, Content & Structure of Manuals

As work tasks and tools become more complicated, well-developed manuals become ever more necessary and prevalent. In this lesson, you'll learn about manuals, including their purpose, content and structure.

Types & Purposes of Manuals

2. Types & Purposes of Manuals

Watch this video lesson to learn about the many different kinds of manuals you can expect to come across at work. You will see that you have manuals for doing various tasks and you have manuals that you give to customers.

Comparing Print Manuals & E-Manuals

3. Comparing Print Manuals & E-Manuals

When considering how to distribute manuals for a new product, one of the first questions that has to be asked is whether a print manual or an e-manual will be used. In this lesson, we compare the two types.

Issues within Manual Writing

4. Issues within Manual Writing

Manual writing is a crucial part of making any product really usable to the final customer. However, as this lesson will demonstrate, there are a number of issues that the technical writer needs to be aware of.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Purpose, Content & Structure

5. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Purpose, Content & Structure

Standardization is key to efficiency and productivity in the business world, and necessary in the technical and scientific realm. In this lesson, you'll learn about standard operating procedures, including their purpose, content, and structure.

The Writing Process for Manuals

6. The Writing Process for Manuals

Writing a manual is one of the most important technical writing tasks imaginable. As you can imagine, it has to be quite a bit more than just a simple 'how-to.' In this lesson, we look at how to make the best manual possible.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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