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ALLAMA IQBAL OPEN UNIVERSITY, ISLAMABAD

(Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics)

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Course: Basics of Technical English (8504) Semester: Spring, 2018


Level: M Com Total Marks: 100
Pass Marks: 40
ASSIGNMENT No. 1
(Units 1–5)

Q.1 The National Communication Association (NCA) states: “ethical communication


enhances human worth and dignity by fostering truthfulness, fairness,
responsibility, personal integrity and respect for self and other.” Discuss. Read Unit
1 of your textbook to learn about ethics in official communication. (20)

Q.2 Memos are written to provide information and instructions to the employees on
different official activities. Assume that you are working as accountant in a firm
and you have discovered a problem in an account that your company uses.
Describe the problem in a memo to your supervisor. Read Unit 2 of your textbook
to learn how to write memos. (20)

Q.3 Suppose you are head chef in a food restaurant. Much of the raw material for
preparing food gets wasted due to several reasons. It is difficult for you to manage
them with the help of existing staff and storage capacity. Write an internal proposal
to cope with this problem so that the wastage of raw material may be minimized.
While writing the proposal, identify the problem, its background, significance of
the problem, its solution and other components of the proposal. (20)

Q.4 Preparing a job resume is one of the most important tasks in a person’s career. Unit
4 of your textbook teaches you how to prepare job resume. Prepare a detailed job
resume for yourself showing your entire professional strengths. (20)

Q.5 Workplace communication is very important to companies because it allows


companies to be productive and operate effectively. Employees can experience an
increase in morale productivity and commitment if they are able to communicate
up and down the communication chain in an organization. Explain a few guidelines

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which can be useful for making business communication clear and precise. Read
Unit 5 of your textbook for guidance. (20)

ASSIGNMENT No. 2
(Units 6–9) Total Marks: 100
Pass Marks: 40

Q.1 Define the following terms with appropriate examples. Read Unit 6 of your
textbook (Appendix-A) for guidance. (20)
i. Apostrophe
ii. Run-On Sentences
iii. Modifiers
iv. Subject Verb Agreement
v. Antecedents

Q.2 In Unit 7 you have learnt that visual aids are very useful for summarizing and
showing patterns. Present the following data in the form of both line and a bar
graph. (20)
Temperature
Day
Islamabad Karachi
1. 30 35
2. 33 38
3. 38 40
4. 40 40
5. 40 45
6. 42 48
7. 45 50

Q.3 In Unit 8 of your textbook, you have learnt that one has to plan, draft and edit
documents throughout his/her career. Suppose you are working as a manager in a
shopping mall. You are not satisfied with the performance of the staff. You want to
bring a change in their time schedule and duties. Write a document proposing that
change. (20)

Q.4 Throughout one’s career, one has to give oral reports to explain the results of
investigations, propose solutions to the problems, report on the progress of
projects, make changes to policy, create business plans, etc. Which steps would you
follow while preparing an effective oral presentation? (20)

Q.5 Unit 9 (Appendix-B) of your textbook teaches you different methods of citations in
research writing. Discuss any one of the following two methods in details. Also
give examples. (20)
i. APA Method
ii. MLA Method
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