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PGS 502 TECHNICAL WRITING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS                                                                                 (1L + 1P) I, II, III

Objective
  This course is intended to expose the students about the basics skills needed for writing, reporting scientific data in the form of reports, research papers, manuals etc., and develop skill in preparing appropriate graphics to be used in such documents and presentations.

Theory

UNIT I
  Basics of writing, writing style, art of clear writing: Readability and comprehension testing procedures, Principles of technical writing, pur pose of technical reports, Preparing a documentation plan, Understanding information types, Gathering the data, Analyzing and sorting the results, Outlining the report

UNIT II
  Use of charts, graphs, tables, diagrams and photographs, scientific photography, Graphic formats, typology, Presentation of scientific data, general and exact data, Editing, Proof reading, Bibliography

UNIT III
  Role of visuals in Communication; Characteristics of visuals, functions of visuals and graphics; Theories of visual perception; Classification of visuals, visual formats, Selection of visuals, Preparing lecture slides – content, limitation and layout; its utility in preparing presentations for research papers and other publications, Public speaking.

Practicals
  Writing technical reports, research papers, preparing graphics, preparing computer based presentations.

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