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Effective Writing

Am I making myself clear? A proposed set of rules and conventions for improving writing style for academic and professional reports. Stylistic Rules RULE Rule NOT applied Rule applied 1. Use definite, specific, concrete language. Billy could not talk properly. Billy’s speech sound…

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How to Fail Your Written Assessments

Overview There are numerous opportunities to throw away one’s grades and many students seize them enthusiastically with little or no instruction. On the basis that most of us will require some form of teaching in this skill area, I present the following guidelines on how to…

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

ABSTRACT Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the newest techniques available for imaging in hospitals. It is a so-called tomographic technique (i.e. it takes ‘slices’ through the body) based on the phenomenon of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Technically it is a complex technique, but some understanding can…

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Processes, Participants and Circumstances Exercise

Task Analyse the following utterances/sentences into processes, participants and processes. See the article What Do We Talk About? for information regarding these functional groups. Before you begin, here is a reminder: Processes are the happenings or states of affairs represented in a clause. They…

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SMART Objectives

ABSTRACT Written objectives should be specific, measureable, action-oriented, realistic and time-limited. When formatted in this way they are known as SMART objectives. In addition, the inclusion of a Key Result Area increases their precision by stating the end result of achieving the objective. Be SMART! Remember that all your objectives…

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SWOT Analysis

ABSTRACT A SWOT Analysis is used to develop strategies that capitalize on an organization’s strengths, minimize the effects of any weaknesses, exploit available opportunities and defend against threats. Implementing these strategies leads to achieving the organization’s objectives. This article explains how to conduct a SWOT Analysis and provides a worked example…

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Systems Approach

ABSTRACT A systems approach to investigating what happens when things go wrong puts the emphasis on changing the system and not blaming, punishing and removing individuals. This article introduces Root Cause Analysis as a means of investigating problems in organizations. Group behavior One means of understanding…

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Time Series Analysis

How am I doing? As we develop our skills in working with people with speech, language and communication needs we will likely need to monitor how well we are doing. This will be particularly important for practitioners who are required to maintain a record of continuous professional development…

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