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Ch 13: Writing Technical Manuals: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Writing Technical Manuals chapter of this Technical Writing: Help and Review course is the simplest way to master writing technical manuals. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of writing technical manuals.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material on writing technical manuals will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn how to write technical manuals. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to write technical manuals
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning writing (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about writing technical manuals
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra writing resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the writing technical manuals chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the writing technical manuals chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about writing technical manuals. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a writing technical manuals unit of a standard technical writing course. Topics covered include:

  • Structure and content of manuals
  • Purposes and types of manuals
  • Differences and comparative benefits of print manuals and e-manuals
  • Common issues in manual writing
  • Purpose, content, and structure of Standard Operating Procedure manuals
  • Writing process for technical manuals

6 Lessons in Chapter 13: Writing Technical Manuals: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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