Technical Writing:

DANTES Final Exam Outline 

Each topic will be covered in class. 



Theory and Practice of Technical Writing (19% - 21%)


  • Understanding contexts and exigence: It is necessary to conduct research and ensure that the information you are giving to the reader is valid.

  • Stakeholder analysis: You need to test it to make sure it is understandable, and the instructions given are understood and doable to the reader.

  • Establishing the appropriate voice: It is important that the technical writer know their audience early in the writing process.


Purpose, Content, and Organizational Patterns of Common Types of Technical Documents (29% - 31%)


  • Informing: Reports communicate information, which has been compiled because of research and analysis of data and of issues.

  • Collaborating, Performing, Persuading


Information Design (29% - 31%)


  • Elements of information design: Graphics, report supplements, and other page design elements.

  • Strategies of information design: The page design covers a wide range of reader aids, including white space, bullets or numbering, indentation, underlining, boldfacing, capitalization, headings, subheadings, and visual aids.


Technical Editing (19% - 21%)


  • Revising: Assure the accuracy of the information and that all elements are covered correctly and concise.

    • Complete, concise, accessible, organized

  • Editing: Make sure they are complete, and a reader can understand the simple instructions.

    • Concise, correct

  • Assessing: Important not to assume the reader thinks like the author of the technical document.


Technical Writing