Communication Basics
Communication Basics

Communication Basics

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A question pack on engineering communication.

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Communication Basics Q19

Attributes of technical or engineering communication include all of the following EXCEPT:

A

Ambiguity.

B

Functionality.

C

Precision.

D

Clarity.

E

Objectivity.

Communication Basics Q17

Attributes of technical or engineering communication include all of the following EXCEPT:

A

Ambiguity.

B

Objectivity.

C

Factuality.

D

Seriousness.

E

Precision.

Communication Basics Q18

An understanding of the intended audience for a piece of engineering communication should influence which of the following attributes the least?

A

Purpose

B

Tone

C

Content

D

Word choice

E

Messsage

Communication Basics Q16

Factors to consider when assessing the audience should include all of the following EXCEPT:

A

Ethnicity.

B

Education.

C

Interests.

D

Income.

E

Mathematical ability.

Communication Basics Q15

Sub‑genres or forms of engineering communication include which of the following?

A

The report

B

The memorandum

C

The summary

D

The manual

E

All of the above

F

a, c, and d

Communication Basics Q14

Learning effective technical communication is important for which of the following reasons?

A

To allow one to persue a variety of job functions

B

To work in areas other than technical engineering

C

To work in managerial roles

D

To work in sales roles

E

All of the above

F

A and C only

Communication Basics Q13

Which of the following is NOT an appropriate purpose for technical or engineering communication?

A

To surprise

B

To inform

C

To instruct

D

To persuade

E

To describe

Communication Basics Q12

Which of the following is NOT an intended purpose for technical or engineering communication?

A

To punish

B

To educate

C

To inform

D

To instruct

E

To describe

Communication Basics Q11

The doctrine of fair use permits which of the following?

A

The limited reproduction of others' works for certain uses and with appropriate credit

B

The unlimited reproduction of others' works for certain uses and with appropriate credit

C

The limited reproduction of others' works for all uses

D

The unlimited reproduction of others' works

E

All of the above

Communication Basics Q10

Which of the following best defines jargon?

A

Any words not understood by most people

B

Shorthand used in a specialized field

C

Confusing language

D

The use of abbreviations

E

Technical language

Communication Basics Q9
No correct answers: No correct answer has been set for this question

An abstract is the same as a summary or conclusion.

A

True

B

False

Communication Basics Q7

Which of the following describes brainstorming?

A

Debating amongst group members about a particular topic

B

Generating ideas by open group discussion

C

Listing of ideas generated by free association

D

Drafting of a project description

E

A, B, and C only

Communication Basics Q8

Collaboration in engineering communication may involve which of the following?

A

Collaborative pre‑writing and discussion

B

Collaborative editing

C

Individual writing of specific sections

D

Debate

E

All of the above

Communication Basics Q6

Collaborative authoring may involve which of the following?

A

Collaborative objective identification

B

Task division

C

Progress tracking

D

Conflict management

E

All of the above

Communication Basics Q5

Which of the following best defines freewriting?

A

A process by which documents are created with little cost

B

The process of writing without topical constraints for a short time

C

Structured writing on a specific topic

D

Writing in competition with others for a short period

E

Writing without the constraints of grammar or punctuation

Communication Basics Q4

Which of the following best describes the process of proofreading?

A

Checking a document for factual errors

B

Editing a document for formatting, grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors

C

Editing a document for clarity of thought

D

Checking for omitted or repeated words in a document.

E

Only correcting spelling errors

Communication Basics Q3

Which of the following best describes the process of revision?

A

Editing a document for content and style

B

Deleting inappropriate parts of a document

C

Changing the document's title information

D

Correcting spelling, grammar, and punctuation

E

Altering the primary focus of a document

Communication Basics Q2

How does an executive summary differ from an abstract?

A

An executive summary is usually longer than the abstract.

B

An executive summary is geared more towards conclusions or results than the abstract.

C

An executive summary is intended for a different audience than the abstract.

D

An executive summary uses more formal language than the abstract.

E

All of the above

F

A, B, and C only

Communication Basics Q1

What is the primary difference between memos and letters?

A

Memos are shorter than letters.

B

Memos address recipients within an organization.

C

Memos address only contemporary issues.

D

Memos are only valid for a short period.

E

Memos are more casual than letters.

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