Class Period on Writing Reports
Description of Class Period
Our self-study guide on writing reports was developed to put engineering and science students in position to succeed in their report assignments for engineering and science courses. This guide targets students in technical courses such as engineering design or chemistry laboratory. For such students, instructors often have only one class period to devote to the writing of reports. To be efficient, the class period should focus on the most important differences between scientific writing (which many such students have not yet formally studied) and general writing (for which the students have taken several courses in their education). Note that this guide uses scientific writing, engineering writing, and technical writing as interchangeable terms. Although the guide was developed at Penn State and Virginia Tech, students and faculty from all institutions are welcome to use and assign the content.
Objectives of Class Period
For the online class period, do the following:
Teaching Slides for Follow-Up Class Period
If a live class period or zoom class period is available, you might consider using the following instructor slides, which pose and answer questions from the badge class. When I show these slides, I call on specific students to answer the easier questions (the ones directly discussed in the tutorial). For the more difficult questions, I pose the questions to the class. For "yes or no" or multiple choice questions, I have students raise their hands. Another possibility is to create a Kahoot so that you can have record for the answers given by all students.
Possible Questions for In-Class Quiz
Leonhard Center, College of Engineering, Penn State
National Science Foundation, NSF EAGER Award 1752096
Michael Alley, Teaching Professor, College of Engineering, Penn State
Richelle Weiger, College of Engineering, Penn State
Casey Fenton, College of Engineering, Penn State