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Unit 3: Technological Design Fundamentals

Lesson 2: Communication Systems


Student Resource 3.2.2
Design Brief: Electronic Messaging

Name _Anirudh Perumbala____Date___5/4/17____ Class____1_____

Background: You are graduating this year and are on your way to college, and your
parents want to keep in touch with you while you are away.

Problem: While away at college your parents want to keep in touch with you, but they are
technologically illiterate. They do not want to have to call you all the time, so they would
like to use another method of communication. You need to create step-by-step instructions
on how to send an email, text message, or send a message on Facebook so they can stay in
touch with you. You will also need to tell them how they can check to see if you responded.

Specifications: Must be typed and should be about one page in length


Use the rules of technical writing:
1. No opinions or subjective descriptions
2. Using exact numbers and measurements
3. Keep the number of steps to around seven by breaking up into segments
(example: creating email account, starting a new message, attaching a file,
sending the message, and checking for a response)

Procedure:
1. Describe the all of the steps necessary to:
a. Create an email account/Facebook account
b. Send a message with an attached file
c. Check for a response
2. Include what inputs and processes are necessary to achieve an expected desired output.
3. Include how the feedback loop can help operate the email, mobile phone, or Facebook.
4. Perform a self-test of the instructions.
5. Perform an additional test with another person.
6. Students will create a systems model with their instructions identifying the input,
process, output, and feedback.

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How to make an e-mail account:

Click on the Free Sign Up Button


Enter all mandatory fields (First Name, Last Name, Gender, etc.)
Type in your desired Email Address
Choose a secure Password (at least 8 characters, mixing letters, numbers, lower and
upper case, and using special characters)
Select your Security Question, type in your Answer
Verify your registration by typing the numbers in the captcha picture
Click the "Accept" - Button underneath

How to send a message with an attached file:


Click compose
Right click the blank field
Choose add attachment option
Browse your directory and locate the file you want to attach
Click attach underneath

How to check for a response


Click inbox
Choose the refresh option
New e-mails should be highlighted white
Left click the e-mail youd like to open
Click the back button to go back and check for more e-mails

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Unit 3: Technological Design Fundamentals

Lesson 2: Communication Systems


Student Resource 3.2.2
Electronic Messaging Rubric

Category 20 16 12 8 4
Technical Written Written Written Written Written
Writing Style directions directions directions directions directions
(as listed follow rules follow rules follow rules follow rules follow rules
above) 100%. 80%. 60%. 40%. 20%.
Complete Student Student Student Student Student
Directions writes writes writes writes writes
direction for direction for direction for direction for direction for
100% of the 80% of the 60% of the 40% of the 20% of the
task task required. task required. task task
required. required. required.
Accuracy and Directions Directions are Directions are Directions Directions
Clarity of are clear, mostly clear, accurate, but are have
Directions accurate, accurate, and somewhat accurate, inaccuracies,
and easy to easy to difficult to but very or do not
follow. follow; few follow. difficult to make sense.
problems. follow.
Systems Diagram Diagram Diagram Diagram Diagram
Diagram accurately accurately accurately accurately accurately
(identifying represents represents represents represents represents
inputs, the system, the system, the system, the system, the system,
processes, identifying 3 identifying 2- identifying 2 identifying identifying 1
outputs, and or more of 3 of each of each 1-2 of each of each
feedback) each component. component. component. component.
component.

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