There are many hints about how to become a more effective communicator, writer and presenter. Remember that this first and foremost is an advanced technical writing class. Some ideas include:
1. Write from an outline
2. Expect to write several drafts
3. Use Tracking to see revisions
4. Create Bibliography as you write - consider using Bibliographic Management Software -
5. For a research paper, you may find the following outline helpful:
Background/ Description of Problem or Question/Context/Importance
Summary of Literature Review
Acceptance or rejection of the hypothesis
6. Read paper aloud - see cadences and length of sentences - shorten when possible for clarity
7. Create your portfolio.
Some hints for achieving success iin group projects:
There are several different assignments to be completed in this brief term and some hints follow for each assignment:
In order to avoid plagiarism and to honor intellectual integrity, make sure that you cite the authority in a bibliographic reference to anything that is not your original writing or creation - that means when you quote a passage, insert a graphic image, figures, or illustration, that you cite the original source. The style manual you choose to follow should document how you cite electronic resources. Examples of resources that support multiple style manuals is noted in the Quick Reference Guide for Writing. Standard formats include the following reference elements:
Standard formats include the following reference elements:
For a Journal article or conference proceeding:
Author(s) - last name, first name, MI, - [include multiple authors if noted] (date), Title of article. Source of Article/Title of Journal. volume #, (issue #): pages. If it is only an electronic publication with no reference to print pages, then you cite the DOI - Digital Object Identifier and the date last visited.
If it is a conference paper, then you cite the Source of the Publication, Title of conference, date and location of meeting.
For books, the format is:
Author, editor of volume or chapter, (imprint date). Title of chapter in Title of Book, edited by editor if different. City of Publication: Publisher, page references. Note if it is an eBook.
For full volume:
Author, (date). Title of Book. City of Publisher, Publisher: pages
There are numerous different style guides and for this course you will use the APA Style Manual noted below in red.
IEEE Citation Style - The IEEE Editorial Style Manual (2019) notes the specific ways that references and footnotes are to be handled in submissions to IEEE publications. The IEEE Referencing Guide notes practices and they are different than other styles, so follow this and perhaps these guides from the following university libraries will give more examples: Murdoch University or Purdue University's Owl series for IEEE.
ACM Style Manual - supports the Association of Computing Machinery publications.
Comparison of Computer Science/Engineering Style Manuals - Compares IEEE, ACM and APA for every form of output.
*MLA Style Format is documented in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 2009 at any of the UCI Library Reference Desks at REF LB 2369 G53 2009
*APA Style Format - The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed., 2020 is at every Reference Desk - REF BF76.7 .P83 2020. Additional resources with examples are noted at this site. A cheat sheet with many examples of how to cite different types of sources in many formats can be consulted.
Chicago Style Manual - an online version of the Chicago Style Manual is now available
Following are some hints for group topics that will be explored in the Collaborative Research assignment::
Recommended Subject Headings: Artificial intelligence - Medical applications, Robotics, Roboics and automation, Robotics in medicine; Smart Cleaners; Disinfectants
Recommended Sources: Compendex; ASME Digital Collection; PubMed; IEEE Xplore; Plunkett Research Online; Business Source Complete; Factiva
Soft Matter Robotics
Recommended Subject Headings: Robots; Robotics; Robots, Industrial
Recommended Sources: Compendex; PubMed; ASME Digital Collection; BCC Research; Library Search
NiO/Ni Nanopaticles for Gas Sensors
Recommended Subject Headings: Nanoparticles; Gas sensors; Nanoelectronics
Recommended Sources: Web of Science; Compendex; Materials Science & Engineering Collection; IEEE Xplore; SciFinder Scholar
Nuclear Medicine Imaging
Recommended Subject Headings: Diagnostic imaging; Medical physics; Imaging technologies
Recommended Sources: Compendex; Web of Science; Scopus; IEEE Xplore; SPIE; Inspec; PubMed; ENGnetBASE
You have several assignments in this class. They include writing essays, group collaboration, presentations, research papers, technical papers.