Ch 13: Writing Technical Manuals: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Writing Technical Manuals chapter of this Technical Writing Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about technical manuals. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach the technical manual composition information required in a typical technical writing course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other technical writing work.
  • Identify the technical manual writing concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our Technical Writing Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about writing technical manuals and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding the content, structure, purposes, and types of technical manuals or any other technical manual writing topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their English composition learning
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their technical manual writing unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in technical writing courses
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning how to write technical manuals simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live technical writing tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn to write technical manuals on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives

  • Learn the basics on the purpose and content of technical manuals and standard operating procedures.
  • Discuss the various types of technical manuals.
  • Explore the pros and cons of e-manuals and traditional print manuals.
  • Understand the particular issues involved in writing and updating manuals.
  • Describe the manual writing process.

6 Lessons in Chapter 13: Writing Technical Manuals: Tutoring Solution
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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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