Instructor Resources: Tutorial on Writing Reports
This tutorial on writing reports in engineering and science was developed to put students in position to succeed in their report assignments for engineering and science courses. Essentially, the module aims to have students realize the most important differences between scientific writing (which many students have not yet formally studied) and general writing (for which they have taken several courses). Note that this website uses scientific writing, engineering writing, and technical writing as interchangeable terms.
Prior to the class period, the students should do the following:
Available for the class period are instructor slides that 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.
At the following link, you will find a comprehension quiz for the tutorial on writing reports. A Canvas version is available at Penn State by searching for "Writing Lessons for Engineering and Science." To obtain a key for this quiz and all quizzes for the Writing Lessons, please email Michael Alley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Title the email as "Requesting Quiz Keys for Writing Lessons." Once we have verified that you are an instructor, we will send you the link to the quiz keys.
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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