In Summer 2021, the Leonhard Center in the College of Engineering at Penn State is offering two micro-credentialing badges: one on writing professional emails and another on writing engineering reports. Given below are descriptions, requirements, and summer offerings of these badges.
At present, two badges are being offered: one on writing professional emails and another on writing engineering reports.
Writing Professional Emails: This badge focuses on meeting the expectations that professionals have for emails written for companies, colleges, agencies, and other institutions. Using a job-application email (often referred to as a cover letter) as an example, the badge presents an overview of these expectations from three perspectives: analyzing your constraints (audience, purpose, and occasion), organizing the email (subject line, beginning, middle, and ending), and writing sentences (being precise, being clear, and adopting a professional tone).
Writing Engineering Reports: This badge focuses on meeting the expectations for engineering reports, which are written to document engineering designs, experiments, computations, and other technical work. This badge presents an overview of these expectations from several perspectives: organization, language, illustrations, and analysis of writing constraints.
Many differences exist between the style and form of writing taught in English courses and writing done by engineers. These two badges focus on the most important of these differences for each of the following situations: professional emails and engineering reports. The requirements for earning each of these badges are as follows:
This summer, the College of Engineering at Penn State is offering the two badges. Viewing the preparation films can be done any time before class. Likewise, taking the Canvas quiz can be done anytime after class. Attending the class itself will occur at one of the following days and times: