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Writing Technical Manuals - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Technical manuals come in handy for a range of different purposes. The lessons in this chapter will make you familiar with several kinds of manuals and how manuals are effectively developed. Our videos are brief but loaded with helpful examples and graphics. They come with transcripts and multiple-choice quizzes as well. You'll get to study content that looks at:
- How manuals are structured
- A comparison of print manuals and e-manuals
- The purpose of standard operating procedures
- Using single sourcing in manuals
|The Purpose, Content & Structure of Manuals||Study samples of manuals to understand appropriate tone and the proper organization.|
|Types & Purposes of Manuals||Become familiar with a broad assortment of manual types.|
|Comparing Print Manuals & E-Manuals||Examine the respective advantages of e-manuals and print manuals.|
|Issues within Manual Writing||Develop awareness of the common issues faced in writing manuals.|
|Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Purpose, Content & Structure||Learn about the purpose of SOPs and how they look.|
|The Writing Process for Manuals||Analyze the parts that make up the manual writing process along with multiple manual guidelines.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. User Manual Example for Advanced Technical Writing
We will look at an example of a technical user manual. This user manual is written for the use of a magic wand. It only includes the body, not front and back matter.
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Other chapters within the English 305: Advanced Technical Writing course
- Basics of Technical Writing
- Prewriting for Technical Documents
- Writing Technical Documents
- Technical Editing & Rewriting
- Elements of Technical Documents
- Usability Testing & Technical Writing
- Informal Technical Reports
- Formal Technical Reports
- Business Reports and Proposals
- Technical Correspondence
- Technical Writing in Business Correspondence
- Technical Resumes & Cover Letters
- Technical Instructions
- How to Write Proposals
- Required Assignments for English 305
- Studying for English 305