Description Planning Guide
This guide contains requirements for this assignment and a planning process for thinking about key details of this assignment:
- Planning process
Requirements for the Description
For this writing project, you write a technical description in which you explain the physical details of an object or mechanism. You provide extremely fine detail such that someone could recognize, construct, or repair the mechanism you describe. Your description can be no longer than one page (singlespaced), two pages (doublespaced). If you really get into it, I can handle more.
Here are the requirements for the description:
- To get started on this project, read the sections in the online textbook on descriptions.
- Select an object or mechanism for which you can discuss plenty of physical details. Use this example as a model. Notice it has two levels of headings, citation of borrowed information, a bibliography, and exquisite detail.i Use can see other examples at examples.
- Define an audience for this description in terms of its background, knowledge, and needs for the description. Append this audience description as a footnote to your description.
- If you are not sure of the technical names of some of the details, look them up, or send out an inquiry to the open forum.
- Be sure to define any terms that might be unfamiliar to your audience. See the chapter on definitions.
- Divide the thing you are describing into parts or characteristics, and describe each separately—a sentence, sentences, or paragraph each.
- Use as many of the sources of description as you can. Provide close, extremely detailed descriptive detail.
- At the beginning of the description, provide a general definition of the object or mechanism, a general overall description of it, and a list of the parts or characteristics you are about to describe.
- If your description is several paragraphs, try using headings and subheadings to mark off the different sections of this description. If we have not covered headings yet, do your best. This is an important part of the grade for this assignment.
- Be sure to document any borrowed information (including graphics) that you use in this description. See the documentation chapter in the online textbook. This is another important part of the grade for this assignment.
- Use numbers, abbreviations, and symbols according to standard technical style.
- Include at least one photocopied, traced, or hand-drawn illustration of the thing you describe. Indicate the source (if the graphic is not yours) and provide a figure caption with descriptive title using the guidelines provided by the graphics chapter and the documentation chapter in the online textbook. Including at least one graphic is an important part of the grade for this assignment.
- As with all writing projects in this course, be sure to use the standards of good writing on this description. Of course!
- Name your file with your handle and _desc, for example, davidmc_desc.docx.
Before you turn this writing project in, scan it for these errors which you studied at the beginning of semester:
- Comma splices
- Pronoun-reference agreement
- Introductory element commas
- Compound sentence commas
- Compound predicate commas
Planning a Description
Use this planner to define the key details for your technical description (it is not required). When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself (and to your instructor, if you wish).
Programs and information provided by firstname.lastname@example.org.