The second edition of Technical Communication is an all-inclusive textbook aimed at undergraduate students of engineering. It conforms to the syllabi of major institutes teaching courses such as communication skills, technical English, soft skills, and professional communication.
Adopting a functional and practical approach, the book presents an exhaustive treatment of the basics of technical communication, both oral and written. Divided into five parts, the text comprehensively covers listening, speaking, reading, and writing techniques as well as contemporary communication media. In addition to offering plenty of practical tips and attractive technical document samples, the book provides tremendous support for soft skills laboratory sessions through an accompanying DVD.
In this second edition, all the existing chapters have been revised and updated with more recent examples of almost all forms of technical communication. The contents have been reorganized based on user feedback to enhance the effectiveness of the four communication skills (LSRW). The book contains ten new chapters on various topics such as phonetics, vocabulary, and English grammar. Additionally, supplements to the text have been provided in the Students' Resource website.
With its up-to-date coverage and practical orientation, the book can also be used as a reference for corporate training programmes, in addition to benefitting students.
The presentation methodology and the sequence followed are good.
- Professor J. Senthil Kumar (Sriram Engineering College, Anna University)
The book is comprehensive in the sense it introduces the learner to all aspects of technical communication.
- Dr C. Meenakshisundaram (National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli)
The title has dealt very lucidly and coherently with all the technical aspects of LSRW skills.
- Professor Geeta Satpathy (KIIT University, Bhubaneswar)
In the DVD
The DVD contains the following modules:
- Interview and group discussion videos
- Listening and speaking practice
- PowerPoint presentations
- Text supplements
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
PART ONE: PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNICATION
1. Introduction to Communication
2. Barriers to Communication
3. Basics of Technical Communication
PART TWO: LISTENING AND SPEAKING
4. Active Listening
6. Effective Speaking
7. Listening and Speaking
8. Effective Presentation Strategies
10. Group Communication
PART THREE: READING AND WRITING
12. Reading Techniques
13. Technical Writing
14. Words, Phrases, and Sentences
15. Paragraphs and Essays
16. The Art of Condensation
17. Letters, Memos, and Email
19. Technical Proposals
20. Research Paper, Dissertation, and Thesis
21. Instructions, Manuals, and Technical Descriptions
22. Referencing and Styling
PART FOUR: MODERN COMMUNICATION MEDIA
23. Introduction on Modern Communication Media
PART FIVE: VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR
25. English Grammar
Meenakshi Raman Ph.D., is Group Leader, Humanities and Management, at the BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. She has several years of teaching experience and has taught English and communication at various levels. She has co-authored three other books in the area of communication and has several articles to her credit.
Sangeeta Sharma Ph D., has several years of teaching experience. She is currently teaching courses on communication at BITS, Pilani, and has published several articles on communication.