WRITING ASSIGNMENT #1 – MEMORANDUM
Purpose and Objective of This Assignment. A common form of technical communication in the workplace is the memorandum, even in the age of e-mail. Many people in organizations are now attaching memos to e-mail documents they have created in Word or in a PDF file. When memos are created in word processing software, they are formatted like traditional, hard-copy memos. Understanding memo formats and conventions (commonly accepted ways of writing memos) is an essential job skill. This assignment gives you the opportunity to develop this job skill. This assignment also addresses the objectives of the course listed in your syllabus.
Instructions. Use the following scenario and set of instructions to write your memorandum.
Every year, 200,000 American children are injured in playground accidents. The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), a nonprofit organization headquartered at the University of Northern Iowa and supported by the federal Centers for Disease Control, was established to reduce the number and severity of these accidents. Staff at the NPPS are interested in some feedback on the effectiveness of their web site. Study the NPPS web site and report your findings to NPPS in a memo.
Follow these steps to write a memo that gives NPPS staff feedback on the effectiveness of their web site.
Grading. Your memo will be graded on the following criteria: