Identify a contemporary issue in your field of study (i.e.
Civil Eng., Electrical Eng.,
Environmental Eng., Mechanical Eng.) and present a 1
2 page summary of the issue and
Use the format described in the document below
Introduction to Design
Document Writing, J. Danowsky, Ed., ENGR 2169 Tech
submission must include all four subheadings (
Historical Perspective; Candidate Solutions; Proposed
Solutions; Major Challenges).
ou must use and list at least 2 independent, credible sources. Note that Wikipedia, Ask.com,
etc. are not credible or independent and therefore not acceptable
You may choose any contemporary issue you like
If you cannot identify a contemporary issue within your field of
choose one from
the list below.
: Porous Pavement,
Earthquake Engineering, Intelligent Transportation
: Quantum Computing, Alternative Energy, Telecommunication Networks
Contaminants, Stormwater Management, Water Supply, PM
: Alternative Energy, Fuel Efficiency,
Poor grammar, incorrect spelling and excess verbiage
earn a score of 0.
Assignments must be submitted via email as a WORD compatible
The attachment must be named using the following convention:
*Excerpted from Introduction to D
esign Document Writing, J. Danowsky, Ed., ENGR 2169 Tech
, Fall 2011
Preparing the Problem Statement
he Problem Statement section
starts by exploring
both technical and nontechnical aspects of the
or challenge. This exploration includes both
by your project team. This explorat
ion leads to a list of candidate design
solutions, and concludes with your reasoned selection of a
from that list.
The rest of the document will then focus on the detailed design, implementation, testing, and
refinement of that pr
In ENGR 2196, the Problem Statement section should be organized into exactly the following level
headers (Heading 2 style), with additional topic
level subheads as necessary:
Historical and Economic Perspective
Proposed Solution Concept
Major Design and Implementation Challenges
The following paragraphs detail the content of these required subsections.
overview of the
problem or challenge
u are researching
Help readers understand the
of the problem.
In addition to a technological history
include relevant societal, ecological, and other factors that
will affect your choice of a proposed design solution
Explain if and how
project seeks a solution that differs from what is currently available.
If applicable, p
a market analysis (size, revenues, price
) and competitive product
Explore potential solutions in an open
minded way, so
as not to prematurely settle on a possibly inferior
technical and nontechnical solutions
to the overall problem
Briefly mention and dismiss any apparent solutions that are clearly not feasible, to show that
considered them (and to enable your reviewers to challenge your dismissal of them).
Methodically discuss the pros and cons of the remaining candidate solutions along with any
tradeoffs or other relationships between them.
Proposed Solution Concept
on the preceding subsection:
Propose a particular solution (or complementary combination of solutions) that you want your
project to pursue.
Justify your choice by explaining how the previously discussed pros and cons make your solution
to other alternatives.
Concisely describe the main hurdles to be overcome in your proposed solution concept:
First do so in nontechnical terms.
Then provide a more specific
technical formulation of the
*Excerpted from Introduction to Design Document Writing, J. Danowsky, Ed., ENGR 2169 Tech
s, Fall 2011
Preparing the References List
Take source crediting and reference listing seriously, so as not to ruin an otherwise good report. Apart
from being a major academic violation, failure to properly credit sources impairs the work of
and could lead your organization to inadvertently infringe a patent or copyright.
APA format required
he References list and corresponding in
text citations must follow
Instructions for APA format
are detailed i
n Appendix B of the Markel textbook
; the revised 9
edition includes APA’s 2010 updates. APA rules
are also widely available via online sources, including the
Writing Center’s website
, but check to see if they include the 2010 changes
usage and crediting
Check the entire document,
Make sure all statements based on sources
whether summaries, paraphrases, or quotations
are properly credited to the appropriate entry in the reference list.
Make sure the
reference list incl
udes only entries that correspond to at least one in
citation. Entries not explicitly referenced by a citation should be omitted or moved to a
supplementary list titled Additional Sources Consulted or the like.
Make sure any quotations are
as quotations (either by quote marks or block indention)
recisely transcribed from the source
Not taken out of context (i.e., not selected to give an impression contrary to the
source’s real meaning)
Make sure all your summarizing and paraphrasing
from sources is
Consistent with the source
(vs. a near quote)
Body type and line spacing
For body type, choose one of the following fonts, all of which consume about the same amount
of space for a given amoun
t of text:
point Times New Roman
For easier readability, u
alignment (vs. right
ocuments are single