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INFORMAL. REPORTS. SPECIFIC GUIDELINES. III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINES. C) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS information/data = objective concerning how equipment has or has not functioned well-documented review of the exact manner in which the equipment has performed. III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINES.
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INFORMALREPORTSSPECIFICGUIDELINESIII. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • information/data =
  • objective
  • concerning how equipment has or has not functioned
  • well-documented review of the exact manner in which the equipment has performed
  • III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • Topics =
  • machinery
  • tools
  • vehicles
  • office supplies
  • computer hardware
  • computer software
  • III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • Focus =
  • Equipment
  • problems, suggestions to solutions
  • * Evaluate the equipment, not the problems *
  • Don’t repeat the Problem Analysis Report
  • Arrange your analysis according to its parts; then mention the problems as they relate to the parts
  • Keep your focus on the equipment.
  • III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • ABC Format
  • Abstract
  • purpose of writing
  • summary of what the report says about the equipment
  • (Why are you writing AND What’s ahead?)
  • III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • ABC Format
  • Body
  • thorough description of the equipment
  • well-organized critique
  • top-bottom, left-right, inside-out,… (coherence)
  • analysis of the parts of one piece of equipment
  • according to selected criteria
  • III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • ABC Format
  • Body
  • Evaluation Criteria (some, not all)
  • physical design
  • specifications
  • ease of use
  • quality of instructions
  • maintenance (frequency & cost)
  • availability of software
  • warranty coverage
  • service
  • III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • ABC Format
  • Body
  • additional supporting data
  • reference to any attachments
  • end with a Comparison/Contrast (table)
  • between this evaluated piece of equipment
  • and your #1 recommendation from the R.R.
  • III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • ABC Format
  • Conclusion
  • “Conclusions and Recommendations”
  • brief restatement of major -
  • findings
  • conclusions
  • recommendations
  • (as always, further contact)
  • III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • ABC Format
  • Conclusion
  • Remember, your job here is merely to present the Decision-Maker with as much information she/he needs to make an informed decision.
  • In the end, that person, not you, will make the decision.
  • III. SPECIFIC GUIDELINESC) EQUIPMENT EVALUATIONS
  • ABC Format
  • Grammar
  • POV = third person, general (“students” or “one” rather than “you”)
  • Hyphens: for 17-inch, 5-year warranty, cost-effective, log-in
  • Numbers: for plural model numbers, do not use apostrophes (Model SUX 770s, not 770’s)
  • Transitions: use transitions to enumerate parts/problems or to note changes in direction
  • Capitalization: Web and Internet are capitalized, Building 7
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