• You will need to find a manual/guide/how-to (etc.) document (Any type is fine - hard copy, online, etc.) that is related to the discipline (criminal justice, biology, English) you are studying. For my example, I have provided a guide for people who are participating in a cruise. This would be a good example of someone who is studying to work in the travel industry.
  • You will use the info in Chapter 10 of ETC and analyze the manual (or one chapter if the manual is really long) using the info from Chapter 10.
  • The audience for the report is our class.
  • Make sure that you provide all of the info about the manual, such as who published it, when was it published, what is its purpose, how does it function in your discipline area, why you chose it, etc.
  • Include in your analysis what is done well in the manual, and areas you think could be improved.
  • You must cover at least 3 points from ETC for both the positive and needs work parts of your report. So for example, for the positive, well done elements of my manual, I might cover how the manual does a good job of knowing who the readers are, providing good overviews, and making excellent us of layout in terms of headings, lists and background colors. For the elements that I think are less strong, I might discuss the need to take more into consideration the conditions under which the safety features would be followed, the clunkiness of the help pages, and the need for more clarification as to the best use of some of the info.
  • Be specific in explaining your points. Give specific page numbers to let your reader know what you are talking about, and quote from the manual to let the reader know which part you are talking about (as needed). Use screen shots to give the reader an even better context for what you are referring to.
  • Follow the memo report format, such as those on pgs. 164 and/or 182 in ETC.