Engineers and Writing:
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  1. How much time do practicing engineers spend writing?
    5-10%
    10-20%
    20-40%
    50-70%

  2. How much time do engineering students spend studying communication skills?
    5%
    15%
    25%
    50%

  3. In Figure 1-1, how many of the the tasks in the engineer's typical day directly involve writing?
    0
    3
    5
    7

  4. Using 2011 salary numbers in the example, how much is the engineer being paid to write?
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000

  5. What does accountability as used in this chapter mean?
    The ability of engineers to do their work in such a way that it is safe from lawsuit.
    The ability of engineers to explain their work to a broad audience.
    The ability of engineers to explain their work to engineers in other specializations.
    The ability of engineers to do their work in a cost-effective manner.

  6. What is the problem involving specialization as discussed in this chapter?
    Nonengineering audiences cannot understand the communications of engineers in specializations.
    Engineers in different specializations can easily understand each other's technical communications.
    Engineers in different specializations cannot understand each other's technical communications.
    Engineers in different specializations have a greater problem with accountability.

  7. Which of the following is not an example of noise in a communication?
    Using commas in large numbers for a document intended for a culture that uses periods instead.
    Using Mb (megabits) when MB (megabytes) is meant.
    Leaving out the word "not."
    Using headings to indicate the topic of the sections they introduce.

  8. Which of the following are you if you send a Twitter message to a colleague?
    Encoder
    Decoder
    Channel
    Signal
    Noise

  9. Which of the following are you if you read a Twitter message sent by a colleague?
    Encoder
    Decoder
    Channel
    Signal

  10. According to one senior engineer, how much does it cost to produce a single page of an internal report?
    $200
    $100
    $50
    $5

               

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