Online Class Period on Writing Reports
Description of Class Period
Our tutorial 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 tutorial 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 focuses 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 website uses scientific writing, engineering writing, and technical writing as interchangeable terms.
Objectives of Class Period
Online Class Period
For the online class period, students should 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 tutorial. 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.
Possible Questions for Comprehension 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
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