Before Your Write:
Analyzing What the Audience Knows
Analyzing Why the Audience is Reading
Analyzing How the Audience Reads
Organization of Job Application Email:
Cover Letters (Forthcoming)
Thank You Letter or Email
Mechanics of Writing
Grammar (avoiding run-ons and fragments)
Punctuation (comma, colon,...)
Usage (affect/effect, verb tense, using numbers,...)
Formats and Student Samples
Professional Email Format
Sample Job Email: Yit Han Ng
Sample Job Email: Annemarie Phandinh
Professional Letter Format
Sample Job Letter (Forthcoming)
Engineers and scientists write many emails each week. For instance, it is not uncommon for an engineer or scientist to write 20 emails in a single day. Unlike telephone conversations, emails and letters present the audience with a legal contract that is dated and can support a claim in court. In addition, as an engineer or scientist, your writing is often first judged by the quality of your emails and letters. In fact, emails and letters are usually the first types of documents from you that a manager will read. For that reason, you want your emails and letters to represent you well. (23 minutes)
Instructor's Lesson Plan
Forthcoming will be a plan for instructors to incorporate this summary lesson into a class period of their course. Included with this plan will be discussion questions, student activities, and a comprehension quiz.
Sponsors and Editors
Leonhard Center, College of Engineering, Penn State
National Science Foundation, NSF EAGER Award 1752096
Michael Alley, Teaching Professor, College of Engineering, Penn State
Mikayla Detwiler, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2020, Penn State
Alexus Eicher, B.S. in Computer Science, 2020, Penn State
Bridget Flynn, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2020, Penn State
Carrie McCartney, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2020, Penn State
Alyssa Peretin, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2020, Penn State
Roman Pero, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2021, Penn State
Kaitlyn Pigeon, B.S. in Industrial Engineering, 2020, Penn State
Kayli Rentzel, B.S.. in Mechanical Engineering, 2020, Penn State
Elaine Gustus, College of Engineering, Penn State
Richelle Weiger, College of Engineering, Penn State
Casey Fenton, College of Engineering, Penn State
Analysis of what the audience knows.
Analysis of why the audience is reading.
Analysis of how an audience reads professional letters and emails.
Writing an effective subject of an email.
Writing the beginning of a professional email or letter.
Writing the middle of a professional email or letter.
Writing the ending of a professional email or letter.
For the academic year 2019-2020, we are collecting comments, questions, criticisms, and suggestions for the films, text, and quizzes of each lesson on scientific writing. To help us understand your input, would please let us know what your discipline is and whether you are a student, professional, or faculty member?