Technical Writing Recap

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Technical Writing Recap

Chad A. B. Wilson, Director of Technical
Communications

ECE and BIOE

4334

Monday, January 30, 2012


Writing Team Reports: 3 Methods

Introduction

Statement of Work

Accomplishments

Chad

Sarah

Travis


Break it up into sections and each
member writes a section.


Writing Team Reports: 3 Methods


Break it up into sections and each
member writes a section.


Have one member write the entire
report, and then send it to each of the
other members for revision.

Entire Report

Entire Report

Goes to next member
who uses track changes

Entire Report

Goes to next member
who uses track changes


Writing Team Reports: 3 Methods


Break it up into sections and each
member writes a section.


Have one member write the entire
report, and then send it to each of the
other members for revision.


Have one member designated to manage
the project, one person writes a rough
draft, another writes the report, and a
third revises.

Chad: The Manager

Sarah: Content
Specialist

Travis: The Writer

Todd: Quality Control
Editor

How to reference sources in
electrical engineering

IEEE Guidelines

http://www.ieee.org/documents/stylemanual.pdf


Council of Science Editors

http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/researchsources/docu
mentation/cbe_citation/index.cfm


Start


Quote, paraphrase, or
summary from a source

Is it a
controversial
idea or
statement?

Do you
want to
back up
your
statement?

No

Cite

Yes

Yes

Yes

Do not cite

Is it exact
words, a
quote?

No

No

Yes

No

Did you have
to look up the
information?

Can you find it
in any book on
the subject?

Yes

No

When should you
cite information?

Each proposal shall consist of not more than five
single
-
spaced pages plus a cover page, a budget page, a
summary page of no more than 300 words, and a
page detailing current research funding.

All
text shall
be printed in single
-
column format on 8
-
1/2 x 11
-
inch
paper with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides…


Example of an RFP from a major funding
organization

Always follow the guidelines

Your paper is limited to 5 pages (double
-
spaced, 12
-
font, Times New
Roman), exclusive of figures, tables and attachments. Attachments
(including figures and tables) are limited to 5 pages. The paper format
as a minimum should include the following sections:

• Cover page

• Table of contents

• List of Tables (as applicable)

• List of Figures (as applicable)

• List of Attachments, Exhibits, Appendices, etc. (as applicable)

• Introduction

• Water use on university campuses

• Water conservation strategies for universities

• Building efficiencies in managing water resources on campuses

• Conclusions

• List of References

Your research paper guidelines

Always follow the guidelines

Create a template in Word


The results show that cracking
delamination

and
dampness of exposed plaster walls and
cracking sealant failure and water seepage of
glass curtain walls have the highest ratings.

adapted from “Factorial Method for Performance Assessment of Building Facades”
by Chew, et al. in
Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
, 2004.

The results show that cracking,
delamination
, and
dampness of exposed plaster walls, and cracking,
sealant failure, and water seepage of glass curtain
walls have the highest ratings.

After the construction workers finished eating
rats emerged to look for the scraps.

In all the containers were in good condition
considering the rough journey.

As you can see the efficiency peaks around 10
-
12%.

If an acoustic horn has a higher throat impedance
within a certain frequency range it will act as a
filter in that range which is undesirable.


From Beer and
McMurrey

Fresnel’s equations determine the
reflectance, transmittance, phase, and
polarization of a light beam at any angle of
incidence.

Tomorrow’s engineers will have to be able
to manage information overload,
communicate skillfully, and employ a
computer as an extension of themselves.


For the final exam, you will need: a pencil, a
calculator, and three sheets of graph
paper.

For the final exam, you will need a pencil, a
calculator, and three sheets of graph
paper.

For the final exam, you will need several
items: a pencil, a calculator, and three
sheet
sof

graph paper.


Having completed the needed modifications
and adjustments, the equipment operated
correctly and met all specifications.

Once we completed the needed
modifications and adjustments, the
equipment operated correctly and met all
specifications.

Once the modifications and adjustments
were made, the equipment operated
correctly and met all specifications.

We will study the terrain by soil analysis and
computer simulation before reaching a
decision on whether construction can take
place here. This will also enable us to…



Back in 1954, three researchers made a series
of discoveries about the unknown sources of
Barbour’s early notebooks. These prompted
them to further investigate.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyN0E6Bo0c4


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxPVyieptwA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWedkk3K2
Q4


7% is
communicated
through the
actual words
you use

55%
is communicated
non
-
verbally

38%
is communicated
through inflection and
vocal quality

From
Mahrabian
,
Psychology Today

Mechanical Structure


Figure 3:

Robot chassis, gearbox, motors, and ball caster

Created by Dr. Todd
Helwig, Civil Engineering

PMDF

permanent metal deck
forms

Block Diagram

Requirements

Flash LED’s

Measure
distance

Detect line

Record audio

Play sound

Display
message on
LCD

Grip & carry
objects

Design

Assembling parts

Electronic Design

Programming

Deliverable

ECE 4436 Robot

Watch out for the following during
your presentations


Putting your hands in your
pockets


Turning your back to your
audience


Trailing off at the end of
sentences…


Staring at your professor during
your presentation


Looking only at your group of
friends


Standing perfectly still


Reading from notes, especially in
monotone


Saying “umm,” “well,” “like,” or
“uh” throughout your
presentation


Looking surprised at the slide
that comes next


Having to say, “Hmm, that wasn’t
supposed to do that.”


Including group members who
aren’t familiar with the
presentation


Staring at your notes throughout
the entire presentation


Including slides with just lots of
text (like this one!)

RESULTS FOR EXISTING DECK
-
GIRDER
CONNECTIONS

0

0.01

0.02

0.03

0.04

0.05

0.06

0.07

0.08

0

0.005

0.01

0.015

0.02

0.025

0.03

g

(in/in)

t

(k/in)

Stiffening

Angle at

Panel Ends

22 gage deck

Created by Dr. Todd
Helwig, Civil Engineering


Organizing Presentations


Designing Slides


Delivering Presentations

Introduction


Organizing Presentations


Designing Slides


Delivering Presentations

Introduction

Three applications of nanotechnology

Military

Medical

Computer

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