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

Manuals are documentations of guidelines for understanding anything from policies to performing an activity. In this lesson, explore the purpose and content of manuals, as well as the common structure comprising front matter, body, and back matter.

Types & Purposes of Manuals

2. Types & Purposes of Manuals

The purpose of a manual is to provide written instructions related to a workplace, organization, task, or item. Explore the common types of manuals, such as operations manuals and owner's manuals, and examine real-world examples.

Comparing Print Manuals & E-Manuals

3. Comparing Print Manuals & E-Manuals

Many products require a manual to provide customers with information about product features and usage. These manuals can be provided as printed documents or in electronic format. Compare print manuals to e-manuals, and recognize the advantages and disadvantages of each format.

Issues within Manual Writing

4. Issues within Manual Writing

A manual is a document that accompanies products to inform customers about the products' usage. Review problems that can occur in manual writing, understand the concept of usability, and explore ways to address usability concerns, update manuals, and address updates.

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

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

A standard operating procedure, or SOP, is a document detailing the expected actions within an organization. In this lesson, learn the purpose of an SOP and examine the typical structure which is followed when composing one.

The Writing Process for Manuals

6. The Writing Process for Manuals

Manuals are important technical documents that direct people on how to use a certain product. Explore the guidelines and writing process for manuals and learn important considerations like single-source publishing and international audiences.

Chapter Practice Exam
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