Climate Change Technical Communication Memo

The paper is for a technical communication course. It should be an analysis of 3 examples of technical communication chosen from 1 topic set on the flu, climate change, OR software that I’m going to provide below. The paper should be in memo format.


In order to identify, describe, and analyze the different ways in which examples of technical communication work in the world, you will do the following in order to complete this assignment:

  1. Pick one topic set below — the flu, climate change, OR software.
  2. Choose three examples from within that set to analyze in your memo
  3. Use the rhetorical principles and conventions described in textbook(I’m going to upload it and tell you which pages to check out below), to
    • Discuss the kind of work that technical communication does as exemplified across the examples you’ve chosen in your set
    • Identify and describe features of technical communication across the examples you’ve chosen(Macro such as: Situation, Purpose/Exigency, Audience,Genre,Rhetor(Author, Speaker) as well as Micro such as Usability, Design Readability,Style,3Cs(clarity,Conciseness,Correctness) )
    • Analyze the range of situations to which examples of technical communication are responding (i.e., the subject/topic; the purpose of the document; who the readers–known and potential–are; what is the motivation/exigency of the document)
    • Assess the qualities of effective technical communication (e.g., accuracy, clarity, readability, usability) as they are constructed in various examples of technical communication
    • Analyze the specific ways in which each example you’ve chosen responds to a specific situation in ways that are similar/different from the other examples in the set( Please don’ just describe each example separately throughout the memo like example 1 does this and this, Example 2 this and that, and Finally example 3 does… there should be comparison in your analysis- similarities, differences and you should analyze why these differences or similarities exist in the examples

Be sure to ground your analysis in actual evidence from the examples. Do not merely describe the document. Instead, you will want to show how each of the examples actually works. This means that you should evidence, for instance, how audience is constructed in the example and evidence how you came to that conclusion. Evidence can take the form of quotations from the example or screen shots of certain elements of the example. Evidence is extremely important for this analysis so please make sure to use multiple screenshots from the examples you have chosen to visually show the reader what you are talking about. Since it is a memo, feel free to incorporate the screenshots within you’re analysis wherever they’re needed. (don’t put all the screenshots at the end like I asked you to do last time for a discussion post. You should please marry seamlessly written text and visuals). Please don’t forget that the word count should be respected(1750-2000), the screenshots will take space, therefore the memo will not only be 4 pages. Another very important thing I want to mention is that you should use information from the book to help you with your analysis,(I will upload the textbook and I will provide you the pages you should check out below).

Finally I just want to say please arrange and organize information for maximum readability and clarity. I also have a video of the professor explaining the instructions in detail so please check that one too it’s really helpful(It’s only around 5 minutes). Here is the link, please go from 42:54 – 47:42


Choose one of the sets below. Then, from within that set, choose 3 examples that will serve as the examples for your analysis.

Choice A: The Flu

Choice B: Climate Change

Choice C: Software

Pages to check out on the textbook to help you with your analysis

“Document Design Checklist” (T&D pp. 108-09), “Style Checklist” (T&D p. 74), “Illustration Checklist” (p. 144), “Planning and Revising Checklist” (T&D p. 33), “The Qualities of Good Technical Writing” (T&D p. 8)