Instructor Resources for Tutorial on Writing Reports in Engineering and Science
This lesson on scientific writing was developed to put engineering and science students who have not yet had technical writing in position to succeed in their writing of reports. Essentially, the module aims to have students realize the most important differences between scientific writing (which many students have not yet formally studied) and general writing (for which they have taken several courses). In addition, the module also allows you (the instructor) the opportunity to emphasize issues of writing about which you feel strongly. Note that this website uses scientific writing, engineering writing, and technical writing as interchangeable terms.
Prior to the class period, the students should do the following:
Class Period (45 minutes of class time)
Download the following teaching slides and go through these in class. The slides ask students questions about writing reports in engineering and science that the tutorial has covered.
At the following link, you will find a comprehension quiz for the Summary Lesson. You can administer this quiz either at the beginning or end of class. A Canvas version is available at Penn State by searching for "Writing Lessons for Engineering and Science." To obtain a key for this quiz and all quizzes for the Writing Lessons, please email Michael Alley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Title the email as "Requesting Quiz Keys for Writing Lessons." Once we have verified that you are an instructor, we will send you the link to the quiz keys.
Leonhard Center, College of Engineering, Penn State
National Science Foundation, NSF EAGER Award 1752096
Michael Alley, Teaching Professor, College of Engineering, Penn State
Sarah Ritter, Assistant Professor, Engineering Design, Penn State
Richelle Weiger, College of Engineering, Penn State
Casey Fenton, College of Engineering, Penn State
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