[ Syllabus ]

  1. Course objectives
    • To organize and write the research paper in a time-efficient manner.
    • To identify the reader's interests so that the paper is more user friendly
  2. Course texts
    • How to Write and Publish Engineering Papers and Reports by Herbert B. Michaelson Second Edition
    • Technical Writing and Professional Communication for Nonnative Speakers of English by Thomas N. Huckin and Leslie A. Olsen International edition
  3. Suggested readings
    • How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper by Robert A. Day Fourth edition
    • The Scientist's Handbook for Writing Papers and Dissertations by Antoinette M. Wilkinson
    • Handbook of Technical Writing by Charles T. Brusaw Fourth edition
    • Technical Writing by John M. Lannon Sixth edition
    • Effective Technical Communication by Anne Eisenberg

      grammatical or style reference

    • The Mc-Graw Hill Style Manual: A Concise Guide for Writers and Editors Edited by Marie M. Longyear
    • A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabin Fifth edition

      for non-native speakers of English

    • Writing Up Research: Experimental Research Report Writing for Students of English by Robert Weissberg and Suzanne Buker
    • A Handbook for Technical Communication by Jacqueline K. Neufeld
  4. Course homework
    Written assignments will be sent for editing to the instructor via e-mail (tedaknoy@ms11.hinet.net) as an attached file in Microsoft Word format. The instructor will edit the files using the editing tool inside of the "Tools" box of Microsoft Word and, then, return the edited files to the student. During the final week of the course, the student will submit the final assignments on a 3.5 size diskette(Word format).
File name
Paper organization (research title, engineering / scientific objective,engineering/scientific motivation, personal motivation, outline for research, problem statement, and hypothesis statement)
Outline for technical argument (five questions)
Technical argument (300-450 words)
Engineering/Scientific need (five criteria) and Problem/Hypothesis statements
  1. Norms for class assignments
    The instructor assesses the above assignments on the basis of the following norms:
    Structure Each class assignment must adhere to the structure outlined in "Details of class assignments".
    Style Each class assignment must be written in clear and concise English, omitting any grammatical, general writing style, or Chinese colloquial errors.
    Usability Each class assignment must not only have a particular audience in mind, but attempt to link the technical information with the particular reader's interest(s).

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